Parliament Member Bastiaan Belder of the Netherlands has urged the parliament
to hold a debate on antisemitism. “It’s a shame that this has not been
done before,” he said.
made his latest comments in an address at the annual conference of the European
Coalition for Israel (ECI), a Christian initiative promoting European-Israeli
cooperation. The session took place in the European Parliament on Thursday.
the synagogue slaughter in Jerusalem last week, the ECI called upon the
European Union to halt its funding to the PA until incitement to violence by PA
Belder deplored the situation in which ”living in fear is almost normal life
for Jews in Europe,” and denounced what he called the ”Israelisation” of antisemitism.
Several speakers stressed that it is dangerous these days to wear a Star of
David or a yarmulke in the streets of Europe.
68, is a Dutch politician who sits on the European Parliament’s Committee on
Foreign Affairs. He also chairs the
Parliament’s delegation for relations with Israel and is a Member of the
Political Board of the European Friends of Israel (EFI) organization.
is not the first time Belder has called the European Parliament to task for its
passive stance vis-à-vis antisemitism. Earlier this year, he said the body “is
much too silent on antisemitism.”
attacks in Europe over the past two weeks include the stabbing of a Jewish man
in Antwerp; “Kill the Jews” graffiti on a Jewish school building in
Kharkov; and two attacks in Paris – a firebomb at a kosher restaurant and a
gang attack against a Jewish youth.