WJC reacts to Brussels attack

May 25, 2014 by J-Wire
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Three people have been killed following an attack by a gunman at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels.

BrusselsWorld Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder reacted with shock and horror to the deadly shooting at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels on Saturday. Three people were killed and one gravely wounded by a gunman who arrived in a car, ran into the museum and fired at various people. While the identity of the victims has not been revealed yet, Lauder condemned the attack and called it “a heinous act of terror clearly was targeted at Jews.
“Two years after Toulouse, and on the eve of the European elections, this despicable attack is yet another terrible reminder of the kind of threats Europe’s Jews are currently facing. It is therefore of critical importance that the authorities in Belgium do everything to bring the perpetrators to justice as fast as possible, and that they ensure that in the future adequate protection is given to sensitive sites,” Lauder declared.The international Jewish community expected that everything will be done in Belgium and Europe to prevent further such attacks from happening, he added, urging European leaders to deal with this issue as a matter of priority in the coming weeks.“
Today, the entire Jewish world mourns the innocent victims who lost their lives in this horrible attack. Tomorrow, we must all work together to ensure that this doesn’t happen again. If that means to improve security at Jewish sites in Europe, we have no choice. It must be done. If not, more people may be able to carry out such terrible crimes,” the WJC president stated.
J-Wire understands that security at he Sydney Jewish Museum is always on alert but external patrols are expected to be made for the immediate future.

In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “This act of murder is the result of constant incitement against Jews and their state. Slander and lies against the State of Israel continue to be heard on European soil even as the crimes against humanity and acts of murder being perpetrated in our region are systematically ignored. Our response to this hypocrisy is to constantly state the truth, continue a relentless fight against terrorism and build up our strength.” 

In Australia, Robert Goot, president of The Executive Council of Australian Jewry said: “We are shocked and deeply saddened by the shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium that has left three people dead and another seriously wounded.

The Australian Jewish community shares the sorrow, grief and anger caused by this heinous crime and we pray for the strength of the mourners and the souls of the murdered. We wish long life to the families of the victims. May the memories of those who lost their lives be a blessing.

This atrocity is not an isolated incident. It comes just weeks after a gunman murdered three people at a Jewish community centre in Kansas and evokes memories of the barbaric murders of three children and a Rabbi at a day school in Toulouse in March 2012.

This latest attack further underscores the vulnerability of Jewish people even in advanced, western societies. It reminds us that antisemitism is real and it is deadly.

We must understand that such incidents are not spontaneous and do not occur in a vacuum. They are the culmination of a pervasive culture of incitement and hatred towards the Jewish people and Israel, the State of the Jewish people.

We call upon our fellow Australians to denounce and stand united against antisemitism and other forms of racism and to work towards a harmonious society based on mutual respect, so that Australia remains free of the worst forms of racial hatred and its devastating consequences.”

From Auckland, Stephen Goodman, president of the New Zealand Jewish Council added: “The New Zealand Jewish Council joins with the World Jewish Congress, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, and all the other organisation around the world in condemning the Terror attack carried out at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels.  This is another act of terror aimed squarely at the Jewish Community and emphasises the dangers we face around the world from rising antisemitism.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families.



2 Responses to “WJC reacts to Brussels attack”
  1. Liat nagar says:

    The hatred of Jews is always out there. It always will be. This by itself should be enough for the world to understand the necessity of a strong, autonomous Israel.

  2. Oh G-D, not again. when will the world wake up and declare enough! Non-Jews should understand history – what happens to Jews gets visited on non-Jews. The world needs to support Israel in its struggle against terrorism not make excuses to please the perpetrators.A hate crime is first and foremost a CRIME against all of humanity.

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