Jewish community furious at De Wever

30th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 October 2007, ANTWERP – The Jewish community is furious at N-VA chairman Bart De Wever who has dismissed the apology offered on Sunday by Mayor Patrick Janssens. Janssens apologised to Jews on behalf of Antwerp for the involvement of Antwerp city officials in the organising of deportations of Jews during the Holocaust. "De Wever is spitting in our faces with his comments," says Michael Freilich, editor in chief of Joods Actueel. The Jewish community is particularly outraged at De Wever's comment that th

30 October 2007

ANTWERP – The Jewish community is furious at N-VA chairman Bart De Wever who has dismissed the apology offered on Sunday by Mayor Patrick Janssens. Janssens apologised to Jews on behalf of Antwerp for the involvement of Antwerp city officials in the organising of deportations of Jews during the Holocaust. "De Wever is spitting in our faces with his comments," says Michael Freilich, editor in chief of Joods Actueel. The Jewish community is particularly outraged at De Wever's comment that the apology was not necessary.

"In Brussels and in Ghent the mayors refused to help the Nazis," says Freilich. "That clearly was not the case in Antwerp, according to the Soma report (which prompted the apology). The apology was more than justified."

De Wever thinks that Janssens is using the Holocaust in his battle against ultra right wing Vlaams Belang, while Israel is "using practices in Palestine that remind me of that dark past," De Wever contends.

"How can a major politician say such a thing?" wonders Freilich. "I would like to know what Yves Leterme thinks of this."

MR MP Denis Ducarme also has questions about De Wever's comments. "All democrats must be very concerned about this kind of nationalism in the N-VA."

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