Jewish groups condemn deadly Brussels Jewish museum shooting

( Jewish organizations swiftly condemned Saturday’s shooting that killed four people, including two Israeli tourists, at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said the “clinical, cold-blooded attack takes place against the backdrop of a massive spike in anti-Semitic attitudes and acts across much of Europe.”

“The rise in Europe of openly anti-Semitic political parties, the proliferation of clearly anti-Semitic expressions on social media platforms, and the disturbingly high levels of anti-Semitic attitudes in many places in Europe contribute to a witches’ brew of hate in which those who are inclined to engage in violence against Jews can find encouragement,” said Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham H. Foxman.

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said it is critical “that the authorities in Belgium do everything to bring the perpetrators to justice as fast as possible, and that they ensure that in the future adequate protection is given to sensitive sites.”

“At a time when we are receiving reports of rising anti-Semitism throughout Europe it is understandable that there would be increased anxiety in our community,” said Michael Siegal, board chair of the Jewish Federations of North America.

Posted on May 25, 2014 .