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Terror attack at Brussels Jewish Museum leaves three people including two Israelis dead

By Mason White 2:46 PM May 25, 2014
Scene of the incident 

By: Sanvi Rizvi
(Scroll down for video) Three Jews including two Israelis died in a terror attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium, police said.

Witnesses said that a man approached the museum, opened fire, and fled before police arrived.

Another person was injured in the attack. Police launched an investigation into the attack, and have so far made one arrest.

Abraham H. Foxman, the ADL National Director, issued the following statement: “While violence against Jews in Belgium is extremely rare, the attack on the Brussels Jewish Museum, is another tragic reminder of the frightening atmosphere for Jews in parts of Europe.

“We know that while the overall number of recorded anti-Semitic attacks in parts of Europe where reliable statistics are available may have gone down in the past year, at the same time, the number of violent incidents against Jews has actually increased.

“The rise in Europe of openly anti-Semitic political parties, the proliferation of clearly anti-Semitic expressions on social media platforms and the disturbingly high levels of anti-Semitic attitudes in many places in Europe, contribute to a witches’ brew of hate in which those who are inclined to engage in violence against Jews, can find encouragement.

“The strong statement of support for the Jewish community expressed by Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rubio is reassuring at this most terrifying moment for the Jewish community of Brussels and sends a strong message to the people of Belgium that such acts have no place in society.

“We commend the reactions to the attack from Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur, Interior Minister Joelle Milquet and particularly Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, who is reported to have gone to the scene immediately after hearing about the attack.

“We stand in solidarity with the Belgian Jewish community and pledge our ongoing support to help ensure the safety of Belgian Jews.”