Real Clear Israel: Former Belgian Zionist Leader Making Aliya, as are Many Belgian Jews, she says

Belgium is tradin’ in their Jews for Jihadists. They.Are.Screwed.  LAS

According to the Times of Israel:

Belgian para-commandos patrol near a synagogue in the center of Antwerp, Belgium, on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. (photo credit: AP/Virginia Mayo)

‘I never thought I would have to hide a Jewish newspaper on the metro’

Former Belgian Zionist leader making aliya, as are many Belgian Jews, she says

Betty Dan says she gets calls at a rate of 5 per day from people seeking information on moving to Israel, following Paris attacks

November 30, 2015, 6:53 am

The former president of Belgium’s Zionist association is planning to immigrate to Israel in the near future, and she says that many Belgian Jews are thinking of doing the same.

In an interview with the UK’s The Telegraph, Betty Dan says that following the multiple attacks in Paris on November 13 that killed 130 people and the subsequent revelation that a Brussels-led jihadist cell led the assault, and the murders last year at the city’s Jewish museum — also by a jihadist — has triggered fears that Belgium and Europe in general, are not longer safe for Jews.

Dan, the manager of a Jewish radio station for 25 years, also organizes property fairs for Belgian Jews who leave for Israel. She says that following the Paris attacks, there’s been a sharp increase in the amount of calls she gets from people seeking information on moving, from about once a week to five per day.

“A few years ago it was the pensioners going, who wanted the Israeli sun,” Dan told The Telegraph. “Now it is young people with children who sell their houses and leave everything. They are scared.”

“It is a painful thing. I am a real Belgian – my country, my culture and my friends are here,” she says, adding that her daughter and grandson will likely make the move with her.

“My daughter never, never, never thought to leave. Now, she says of her little boy, what is his future here? We don’t feel safe,” Dan says.

Besides Israel, she says, other friends are planning to head to the United States, Canada or London.

The Belgian Jewish community, some 45,000-strong, speaks of an alarmingly high rate of attacks against community members. Belgian officials recorded a 50 percent increase in reports on anti-Semitic attacks from last year, registered some 130 such incidents, a 10-year high.

The Paris attacks sent Brussels into a lockdown as it was revealed that the leaders of the attack were from the Belgian capital. Fearing similar attacks, the country declared its highest state of alert and synagogues remained closed as security forces launched raids in the search for suspects and accomplices.

“Jews are praying at home. Some of them are planning to leave,” Brussels’s Chief Rabbi Avraham Guigui, told Israeli radio at the time. “People realize there is no future for Jews in Europe.”

Guigui was criticized for that comment by the European Jewish Association.



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