Brussels (Nov. 18)
A Belgian Jewish Senator, Jacques Mutkiewitz, announced that he will submit a measure in Parliament which he hopes will be adopted into law enabling victims of terrorist attacks to be compensated by the state similar to compensations now paid to people who suffer from natural calamities and catastrophies. These individuals are compensated for loss of life, limb and property.
Mutkiewitz, who also heads the Antwerp diamond exchange, decided to submit the legislation following two recent terrorist attacks against Jewish community installations. In the most recent attack, two people were killed and more than 100 injured when a bomb exploded in Antwerp outside a small Sephardic synagogue Oct. 20 shortly before Shemini Atzeret services were to begin.
Meanwhile, the ministerial group in charge of school construction projects in the Antwerp area is examining a suggestion to provide adequate funds for equipping Jewish schools with surveillance material needed for their security.