U.N.’s Ban condemns Brussels shooting


(JTA) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the killing of four people in a Brussels Jewish museum.

Ban’s spokesman said in a statement on Sunday that the U.N. chief “reiterates his strong condemnation of all forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and trusts that Belgian authorities will do everything possible to bring the perpetrator or perpetrators of this crime to justice swiftly.”

Four people were killed by a gunman who opened fire in the Jewish Museum in Brussels on Saturday. Police are searching for the gunman and a possible accomplice who drove a getaway car, and have released a video of the shooting in those efforts.

On Sunday, 1,500 people gathered in Brussels to pay their respects to the victims.

Also in response to the incident, the Jewish museum in Rome is adding hours Monday with free admission.

The museum, located in the complex of Rome’s main synagogue, will open to the public at 8:30 p.m. and stay open “until late at night,” the Rome Jewish community announced.

“It is a concrete gesture to demonstrate how Judaism wants to remember and at the same time launch a message of courage,” the announcement read.

At this time of year, the museum is usually open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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