Belgium rejects financial aid request by daughters of slain Israeli couple



The Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Belgium’s government refused to provide financial assistance requested by the daughters of Israeli parents who were killed in the 2014 terror attack on the Brussels-based Jewish Museum of Belgium, the French-language newspaper La Dernière Heure reported.

The lawyer for the Israelis, Shira and Ayelet Riva (ages 15 and 16 at the time of the attack that killed their parents), requested 15,000 euros ($17,000) from Belgium’s Commission for Aid to Victims of Intentional Acts of Violence, but the commission rejected the request because the Israelis were no longer considered to be in a difficult or urgent financial situation. The commission defines “urgent” as filing for assistance within the first six months after an attack.

Mira and Emmanuel Riva, the slain Israeli parents, were on vacation in Belgium when they were killed at the museum by jihadi terrorist Mehdi Nemmouche. The daughters’ lawyer said that it took 10-11 months to make the financial assistance request because  Shira and Ayelet live in Tel Aviv, making it more difficult to prepare extensive documentation for the Belgian commission.

Posted on May 19, 2016 .