Belgian terror hotline fires operator who denied Israel’s existence

The aftermath of the bombing at the Brussels airport on March 22. Credit: YouTube screenshot.

( A Belgian terror hotline fired an operator who had denied the existence of Israel as a state during a call with a volunteer from a Jewish center.

The Joods Actueel news website reported that Israel had proposed to fly back at least two of its citizens who were among the hundreds wounded in the three bomb attacks in Brussels on March 22, in which more than 30 people were killed.

The volunteer from the Jewish center in Antwerp called the Belgian crisis center's terror hotline to inquire about repatriation procedures. During the call, the operator repeatedly used the word “Palestine” instead of Israel. The operator also said he did not know of the existence of the State of Israel, but instead knew about "Jews who have established themselves in Palestine and are occupying territory."

The call center company IPG, which runs the hotline for the Belgian Interior Ministry, has since fired the operator. “We wish to apologize to all members of the Jewish community and to the victims and their families in Israel,” said Jac Vermeer, CEO of IPG, Newsweek reported.

Meanwhile, two Israelis who were wounded in the Brussels bombing—identified as members of the Belz Hasidic sect, Chaim Winternitz and Mendy Farkash—were flown to Israel on Thursday night and were admitted to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, reported the Times of Israel.

Posted on March 31, 2016 .