Belgian security forces get antisemitism training in Israel

A Belgian security delegation has completed a week-long training session in Israel on combating antisemitism.

A 35-member Belgian delegation, including the Antwerp police chief, completed a week-long training session in Israel in July to have effective means to fight against antisemitism, reports the Jewish News Syndicate.

The July delegation was the third to receive such training this year. The program is organised by the ministry and follows previous successful cooperation with security personnel from the Baltic States and Brazil.

Diaspora Affairs Minister Amichai Chikli said the initiative was intended to offer participants the skills and knowledge to combat antisemitism in their home country effectively. The minister explained that the delegation members learn about “the unique challenges and threats which the Jewish community face in the shadow of increasing antisemitism in Europe.”

The delegation also visited the Old City of Jerusalem and Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial during their stay. “The struggle against antisemitism is something that we are determined to pursue,” said Belgian Ambassador to Israel Jean-Luc Bodson.

The roughly 30,000 Jews living in Belgium today comprise 0.25% of the country’s population.


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