A Belgian security official is facing dismissal after threatening on social media to kill Jews.
A Belgian security officer who vowed to kill “each and every Jew” is facing dismissal motions by the municipality.
“The word Jew itself is dirty. If I were in Israel, frankly, I would do to the Jews what they do with the Palestinians – slaughter each and every one of them,” the officer, who was referred to as Mohamed N. in Belgian media, stated on Facebook last Friday.
Belgian media reports that the man is a “guardian of the peace” – a security force set up to deter crime, but not a full-fledged policeman.
“If this is true, this gentleman will see the door. There is no question about it,” Molenbeek Mayor Françoise Schepmans told the Belgian Le Soir. “The guardians of the peace assume a role of mediation in the community. They are the image of communal authority. His words shocked me…. I cannot tolerate such an attitude of a communal agent.”
Belgian reports said the officer’s dismissal process has already started. “It will be done according to procedure,” Schepmans said.
“There are two things particularly questionable about this case,” said Joël Rubinfeld, president of the Belgian League against Anti-Semitism (LBCA). “First, [there is] the fact that a ‘guardian of the peace’ would publicly speak something that is so antithetical to the values he is supposed to embody, promote and defend. Second, there is the anti-Semitic speech which, I am concerned, expresses itself increasingly uninhibitedly in certain circles.”
Spike in Belgian Anti-Semitism
The Antisemitism Worldwide 2014 Annual Report cited a sharp increase in the number of manifestations of anti-Semitism in various forms, including verbal and visual, in Belgium, with a 60 percent rise in incidents.
The Jewish Museum in Brussels reopened in September under tight security after being closed since the deadly terror attack last year in May, in which four people – two Israelis as well as an employee and volunteer at the Museum – were murdered by Mehdi Nemmouche, a Frenchman of Algerian extract who had recently returned from fighting alongside the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in Syria.