Belgian policeman accuses anti-racist centre of anti-Semitism
A senior Belgian police officer on Monday accused a member of the country's anti-racism centre of anti-Semitism for describing Jews as being "financially powerful".
Superintendent David Vroom told Dutch magazine Joods Actueel (Jewish News) that the remarks occurred during a training session on multiculturalism for senior police at the centre last week.
"These people can do anything as they have money and financial power but also because they make us fell guilty for the Holocaust though Belgium has nothing to do with this," he quoted one of the speakers as saying.
The centre acknowledged there had been a "fault" but said the officer's version was "dishonest."
It said in a statement that when asked to comment on integrating the Indian and Jewish communities, the person had said the problems were different from other communities because "they have jobs, money and power."
The person later said of the Jews that they tended to remain "among themselves" because of "their history, the fact they were sent to extermination camps, even if Belgium had nothing to do with these camps."
© 2011 AFP