Belgian-Jewish leader: European Jews must brace for more attacks

( The head of Belgium’s 40,000-member Jewish community and vice president of the European Jewish Congress, Dr. Maurice Sosnowski, warned that European Jews should expect more attacks in the wake of the shooting at the Jewish museum in Brussels last month.

The Jewish museum in Brussels. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

“I think that every Jewish community in the world today has to be prepared for such a kind of incident,” he told Haaretz. “From what I’ve heard from all sorts of experts on terrorism, this kind of event will happen probably five times in Europe over the next two years, so that means everyone has to be prepared.”

Sosnowski, who is also a professor of medicine at the Free University of Brussels, spoke in Israel as part of a delegation of global Jewish community leaders. In the interview, he denied that the greater number of Belgian Jews now relocating to Israel is significant, or that their relocation is due to anti-Semitism in the country.

“When they talk about an increase of 30 percent… that’s sounds like a lot until you realize that it’s 30 percent of 100, which is a very small number,” he said. There must be a future for Jews in Europe, he added, because otherwise “there is no future for democratic societies in Europe. It’s not a question just of the future of the Jews, but of the future of all societies everywhere.”

Posted on July 3, 2014 .