Antwerp man filmed destroying 20 mezuzahs, harassing Jews
– A 24-year-old refugee, believed to be Muslim, was briefly detained by Belgian
police for antisemitic hate crimes, including the destruction of at least 20
mezuzahs in Antwerp, local Jews said.
recent weeks, the same man was filmed in Antwerp destroying at least 20
mezuzahs, religious objects containing a parchment with biblical text inked on
it that Jews affix to their door frames, and vandalizing the entrance doors of
several Jewish institution, Joods Actueel, the Jewish monthly reported Sunday.
He was detained for 12 hours Friday based on footage from security cameras of
him destroying the mezuzahs.
had also placed a Koran near a synagogue, and was filmed knocking off the hat
of an Orthodox Jew on the street. He shouted at Jewish passersby: “This is our
land, Palestine!” and: “We will show you!”
man was spotted hanging around an area of the city that is heavily populated by
Orthodox Jews after his release Saturday, Joods Actueel reported based on
information from Shmira, the Jewish community’s security service.