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Belgium / 11-02-2018

Antwerp man filmed destroying 20 mezuzahs, harassing Jews

Source: bhol


Antwerp - 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. 

 

In 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.

 

He 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!”

 

The 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.