|In Wake of Belgium Terrorist Attack Wiesenthal Center Urges European Leaders to Act Against Spike in Anti-Semitism|
May 24, 2014
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Terror Alert at Level 4; Skilled Shoot-to-Kill Terrorist
Still on the Loose
“The Simon Wiesenthal Center condemns the murderous
terrorist attack today at the Jewish Museum in Brussels that left four innocents
dead and a community in shock,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper associate Dean of the
leading Jewish human rights NGO, adding, “While Belgian authorities have raised
the terror alert to level 4 (highest), the fact is that a terrorist, who shot-to-kill
all too accurately, remains on the loose, leaving a shocked Jewish community
Cooper spoke from Israel today with Joel Rubinfeld who heads up the Belgian
League Against Anti-Semitism and asked him to express the condolences to the
victims’ families and the Jewish community on behalf of the 400,000 members of
the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
“At this point, it is not know if the terrorist is tied to
an organized group, or like the Toulouse French Jewish School murders or the
Passover Eve attack on the Jewish Community Center in Kansas City, carried out
by a lone-wolf who may have honed his skills online,” Cooper said. “Either way,
this clinical, cold-blooded attack takes place against the backdrop of a
massive spike in anti-Semitic attitudes and acts across much of Europe,” he added.
“Of course we expect Belgian authorities to take all
necessary measures to protect Jewish lives and Jewish life in their nation but it
is time for them and all the European leaders to also take measures to reverse the
extreme anti-Israel and anti-Jewish attitudes held by as many as 150 million
European citizens,” Rabbi Cooper concluded.
Rabbi Cooper is in Jerusalem where he will be addressing an
international Conference on anti-Semitism on Sunday at Hebrew University. He
can be reached at +1-310-210-9750 or +972-524-316-446
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Council of Europe, the OAS and the Latin American Parliament.
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