Lets be very clear here, not all Jews in Belgium have ill will towards the VB, it’s mostly those on the Left who have bitten the poisoned apple of multiculturalism, not knowing that it will have adverse effects on them if allowed to come to fruition. KGS
NOTE: The VB has one of the besst party platforms of any political party that the TT has seen to date, limited government, free market capitalists.
Uploaded by JoodsActueel1 on Jun 3, 2011
Ayoob Kara, a Druze and deputy minister in the Israeli government has embarrassed the Jewish Community of Belgium with his visit to the far right Vlaams Belang party of Belgium.
Filip Dewinter, leader of the Vlaams Belang, hosted Mr. Kara in the Flemish parliament followed by a visit to the heavily Muslim populated area of Antwerp North. At a joint press conference Dewinter explained the need to warn against the Islamization of the West. The Israeli embassy hurriedly distanced itself from the event and insisted this was a private visit by Mr. Kara.
Mark Regev, spokesperson to the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu confirmed this saying: “Deputy Kara is in Belgium in his personal capacity and his visit does not reflect government policy”.
The local Jewish community is up in arms as the visit that risks to severely embarrass the community and Israel. “This visit is very damaging for us”, says Michael Freilich, editor in chief of the local Jewish publication Joods Actueel. “Israel and the Jewish community are not at war with Islam, we are at war with extremists, and that’s a quite a different thing. Singling out a religion, as the Vlaams Belang does, inevitably brings back dark memories of a not too distant past where it was Jews who were persecuted because of their religion. Is this the message we want to send to Europe? That Israel follows the racist ideology of Europe’s most notorious bigots?”
“And what about the memory of all those who died in the Shoah?”, Freilich continues, “the Vlaams Belang only last month proposes a bill in parliament offering full clemency for collaborators during WWII. Furthermore, a convicted Holocaust denier sits in its board of deputies, is that the kind of people we need to associate ourselves with?”.
Voices in the community are now asking whether the Simon Wiesenthal Center will ask for the resignation of Ayoob Kara, for befriending a party with such a background. Only a few weeks ago the Center asked for the removal of office of Belgian Justice minister Stefaan Declerck, after he said in a television debate surrounding the amnesty question that it might be time to ‘forget the Holocaust’. Declerck later clarified his words saying he did not mean ‘forget’ but ‘to reconcile’.
I’m not sure about VB, they may have a good program, but the politics in Belgium are very different from let’s say the Netherlands. I think they are right about Islam, but I don’t like that they still have anti-Semitic members. As for Jews in Belgium, most of them speak several languages (before the war most of them spoke Dutch/Flemish), but the main language they use is French. Language is a big deal in Belgium ;-). The trouble is that the message doesn’t get out. Most Jews are Haredi and I know from a Flemish friend of mine that they don’t speak out that often. They seem to be very much on there own. He says they lack a certain interest in the ‘outside’ world.
Freilich is by the way one of those ‘anti-Zionist’ Jews. He is not a hardliner, but Joods Actueel (a magazine) is more about Jewish life. If they write about Israel, it is usually a very critical article.
“Israel and the Jewish community are not at war with Islam, we are at war with extremists, and that’s a quite a different thing.
I wish he would try and convince Muslims of that. Besides, Islam is at war with all those who not worship allah and his “[prophet”.
Typical Euro-useful-idiot lefty Joos: they would rather die horrribly than be embarrassed!! I know I was brought up that way but luckily saw the light. There is no excuse for these morons! And this time there will be nowhere to flee!