The following article about the Islamization of Brussels and its effect on the city’s Jewish population was published last week in Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten. Many thanks to Hermes for the translation:
Brussels becomes Muslim — Jews leaving the city
Maimonides School is the oldest Jewish school in Brussels. Now it has to close down or move, because Jews no longer feel secure in the inner city of Brussels.
The Maimonides School, which is located in the inner city of Brussels, was built in 1947 as a symbol of the return of Jewish life to Brussels. Sixty years later, the school is fighting for survival. It must be closed down or moved to another location, for during the past year the zone in Brussels where the school lies has turned into a district dominated by Muslims. Jews noticed that they were being exposed to an increasing hostility. The consequence of this: a dramatic decline of the Jewish population, and together with this also a situation with virtually no solution, Pamela Geller writes in her blog.
Jews have left the inner city and moved to suburban areas. “The story of Maimonides is the story of the Jewish community in Brussels and its growing unease,” Joel Rubinfeld, a former pupil and now vice-chairman of the Jewish European Parliament, explained to The Times of Israel. Those who moved into the inner city and replaced the Jews were primarily Muslim immigrants. Here, the Gaza conflict has more than anything else led to the sharpening of anti-Semitism. Parents prefer to send their children to other schools. The problem of the [Jewish] school is mainly related to security.
“The zone is inhabited by an immigrant population who do not think very positively of Jews,” Agnes Bensimon, the spokesperson for the Israeli embassy in Brussels says. This may spell the end of the Maimonides School. The Jewish school registers a continuously decreasing number of pupils. This very year the school may close down. In order to avoid this, a move to another zone is being considered — maybe in a suburban area.
Similar situations may be observed in France and the Netherlands, mainly in situations where Jews are clearly recognizable, for example when wearing a kippa. In this case they would no longer dare to enter certain zones. “Going around with a kippa is dangerous in many European cities,” Rubinfeld said. In August a rabbi in Berlin was attacked by youngsters, for example.
One comment on the article:
22. January 2013 at 10:51
I’m neither Jewish nor religious, but in any case I had to leave my district in a small city in Hessen. Muslim youngsters terrorize residents so much that anybody who can afford it moves away.
Entire streets depreciate in price and are bought cheap by immigrants.
Not only Jews, but each and every non-Muslim will sooner or later be kicked out of their homeland.
Now I am living in a village. There are almost no Muslims. The inhabitants still have no idea of what is happening in the cities, and continue voting for those parties who bring to them more and more waves of immigrants.