By BEILA RABINOWITZ and WILLIAM MAYER
January 6, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Arab European League's anti-Israel protests in Antwerp, Belgium held on Sunday descended into rioting and attacks throughout the Jewish quarter of the city. As a result, Antwerp Jews are living in fear and many are afraid to venture out on the streets.
The Dutch based Telegraaf reported, "After the demonstration organised by the Arab European League a number of demonstrators went to the Jewish quarter of Antwerp where disturbances took place." [source, http://www.telegraaf.nl/buitenland/2902076/__Rellen_na_AEL-manifestatie__.html?p=15,2]
By mid-afternoon approximately 200 rioters headed for the Jewish district while conducting a campaign of wanton destruction, smashing car windows and damaging trams and buses. Efforts by the police to close the district off were met by violence by the largely Muslim crowd.
According to Michael Frielich, editor in chief of the Jewish magazine Joodse Aktueel, "The Jewish community is extremely upset about the presence of Hamas-flags at the demonstration for the stopping of the bombardment of the Gaza Strip in Brussels According to Freilach the green flag with the white text from Hamas is a symbol of a terrorist organisation and is forbidden in Belgium..." http://www.standaard.be/Artikel/Detail.aspx?artikelId=DMF31122008_060#
This was not the first time the AEL has staged attacks on Jews. In April, 2002 a similar episode occurred where store fronts of Jewish owned businesses were smashed while the rioters chanted, "Hamas," and "Osama bin-Laden." [see, http://www.defenddemocracy.org/research_topics/research_topics_show.htm?doc_id=228652]
The Arab European League has lately been gaining ground in Belgium.
Diab Abu Jah Jah, at the time the group's leader was labeled as the "Pimp of the Profit" by Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh, during a debate. [see, http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/89] In 2004 van Gogh was assassinated by a Muslim youth, Mohammed Bouyeri, who was upset over van Gogh's criticism of radical Islam.
Jah Jah, a known terror friendly individual who went to Lebanon in 2006 to show solidarity with Hezbollah, has also been quoted as describing 9/11 as, "sweet revenge."
The AEL was instrumental in attempting to bring a lawsuit against then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon "for war crimes" threatening him with arrest if he traveled to Belgium. The organization is violent and openly supports terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah. That they are allowed to demonstrate and terrorize Jews in Belgium is more proof that Europe [Eurabia] is wilting under the jihad being conducted by its Muslim residents and it remains problematic whether the Continent has the will to protect its Jewish population and thus halt the trend towards creation of Jewish ghettoes as a response to violence and threats of aggression.
Belgium was not the only place in Europe where Jews were recently attacked by Arabs. In Odense, Denmark two Israelis who were selling products from the Dead Sea, were shot by men shouting at them in Arabic. Danish authorities have arrested a Palestinian Arab [born in Lebanon] with Danish citizenship in connection with the crime.
According to Yossi Levi, the Foreign Ministry spokesman there is a connection between the upsurge of such attacks and Israel's Gaza operation. [see, http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/129152]
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