Belgium

  • Spread of Revisionist Works to Be a Criminal Act in Belgium

    The Belgian Parliament has enacted a law making it a criminal offense to disseminate Holocaust-denial literature. Prior to the new legislation, Belgium was, along with Denmark, one of the few Western European countries where the publication of revisionist books was not a punishable crime. But under the new law, violators may be jailed for up… More ▸

  • Urinating on Jewish Graves Sparks Protest and Action Against Belgian

    The Belgian Jewish community has decided to initiate legal action against an extreme right-wing politician who resigned his office within days of winning a municipal election. Daniel Leskens resigned last Friday following the broadcast of a videotape showing him urinating on Jewish graves during a neo-Nazi gathering in Germany in February. Leskens, a member of… More ▸

  • Right-wing Parties Score Victories in Elections in Austria and Belgium

    Right-wing parties scored dramatic victories in elections held Sunday in both Austria and Belgium. In Austria, the right-wing Freedom Party won 22.8 percent of the vote, increasing its number of seats in the country’s 183-seat legislature to 42 from the 33 seats it won in 1990. The European Jewish Congress criticized the results in Austria,… More ▸

  • As Belgium Marks Its Liberation. Prime Minister Speaks out on Racism

    Belgian Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene has called on his government to take “concrete measures” to prevent and to suppress racist behavior. Speaking last week at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium from Nazi occupation, Dehaene said it is the duty of citizens to mobilize against racism and xeno-phobia. The ceremony, attended… More ▸

  • Leon Degrelle Dead at 87; Led Belgian Nazis During War

    Leon Degrelle, an unrepentant Belgian Nazi who found haven in Spain after World War II, died in the southern Spanish city of Malaga on March 31. He was 87 and died of heart failure spurred by a pulmonary ailment. Degrelle, who headed the fascist movement in Belgium from the 1930s to the end of the… More ▸

  • Belgian Jews Express Opposition to Idea of Pardoning Collaborators

    Reacting to the country’s current political and moral debate on a sharply divisive issue, Belgium’s Jewish community has expressed its opposition to the idea of providing amnesty to the thousands of Belgians who collaborated with the Nazis during World War II. The Coordinating Committee for Belgian Jewish Organizations said in a statements that it stands… More ▸

  • New Leader of Belgian Jewry Early Advocate of PLO Talks

    David Susskind, who attempted to further Israeli-Palestinian dialogue in the past, has been elected chairman of the umbrella organization of Belgian Jews. Susskind, 68, succeeds Lazard Perez. Susskind was elected during a recent General Assembly of the Coordinating Committee of Belgian Jewish Organizations. Founded in 1970, the Coordinating Committee is a member of the European… More ▸

  • Rabin Gets Belgium’s Support for Upgrading Israel’s E.c. Ties

    Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who came here this week for his first official visit to the European Community headquarters, has gained the support of Belgian leaders for upgrading Israel’s relationship with the E.C. During his one-day visit here Wednesday, Rabin met with Belgian Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene and later with Foreign Minister Willy Claes…. More ▸

  • Weizman Attends Belgian King’s Funeral

    Israeli President Ezer Weizman was among the world leaders attending the funeral here Saturday for the late King Baudouin of Belgium. The king died the previous Saturday of a heart attack while vacationing in southern Spain. The Belgian Jewish community expressed its sadness at the death of King Baudouin in a number of public statements…. More ▸

  • Belgian Leader Stirs Up Storm by Giving a Nod to Racist Party

    The Belgian defense minister has caused a political storm here by stating he would not rule out a government coalition with the far-right Vlaams Blok, or Flemish Nationalist Party. Leo Delcroix, a Flemish Christian Democrat, said in an interview with the Belgian daily Le Soir that the party, seen as racist and anti-immigrant, is a… More ▸