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Brussels Jewish Museum suspect charged with 'murder in a terrorist context

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One day after his extradition from France, federal police said Wednesday that Mehdi Nemmouche had also been interrogated by a counter-terrorist unit
Nemmouche, 29, had fought with Islamic extremists in Syria.On May 24, a lone gunman walked into the Jewish Museum in the center of Brussels, unpacked a Kalashnikov rifle, killed four people including a couple of Israeli, a French retired woman and an emplyee of the Museum, with a burst of fire, packed up and walked away.

The man suspected of killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum in May has been charged with "murder in a terrorist context."

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B'nai B'rith Europe strongly condemn Parisian attacks

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B'nai B'rith Europe is shocked by the attacks against the Synagogue on Roquette street in Paris (11th district) by hundreds of pro Palestinian protesters carrying Hamas flags and yelling "Death to Jews". The attacks followed protests earlier. At least four people were injured and sent to the hospital before French police were able to secure the premises.

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A clear shift to the extreme right at the European Parliament

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The results of the latest elections to the European Parliament indicate a clear shift to the extreme right.

Why is this shift much more visible in the elections to the European Parliament than in national elections? First of all because of much lower general voting rates, and secondly because of the EU elections system. In Germany for example, the neo-Nazi NDP has never gained seats in the Bundestag because of a 5% qualifying threshold in the case of the votes cast nationally, and the fact that while the NDP is strong in certain regions in Germany (especially in what used to be East Germany) it has never received a majority in any of the constituencies that would give them Bundestag. However, in the recent European Parliament elections one member was elected from the NDP.

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Mathias Döpfner, CEO of the Axel Springer Group, a self-styled “non-Jewish Zionist”, receives the B’nai B’rith Europe 2014 Award of Merit

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At a star-studded Gala Dinner in the Frankfurt Inter-Continental Hotel on Tuesday, 10th June 2014, Ralph Hofmann, President of B’nai B’rith Europe, presented Mathias Döpfner with the BBE 2014 Award of Merit.


In his introductory words Ralph Hofmann said: “Dr. Mathias Döpfner is a firm opponent of any form of anti-Semitism. He supports the State of Israel and the Jewish people not only with his words but also with his deeds.”

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YOUR NEWLY ELECTED EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND COMMISSIONS MEMBERS

B'nai B'rith Europe is proud to publish the list of newly elected board and commissions members.

Please find the list to be downloaded HERE

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B'nai B'rith strongly condemns shooting at Jewish Museum in Brussels

B'nai B'rith strongly condemns the shootings at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. Three people are confirmed dead and one other seriously injured.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman:

"The terror attack in the Jewish Museum in Brussels, in which four innocent people were killed, is the result of anti-Israeli and antisemitic incitement, expressed, among others, in the call to boycott Israel and Israeli products, as well as in anti-Israeli activity in international forums and the adoption of an automatic, unilateral anti-Israeli position.

In the course of history, anti-Semitism has taken many forms, but the basis is always the same: hatred of Jews only because they are Jews, wherever they may be - whether they live in Jerusalem, in Tel Aviv, in Ariel, in Hebron, in Brussels, or on Mars.

Therefore, the so-called "pro-Palestinian" activity, which, like in those dark days, calls for a boycott of "Jewish goods" and is directed aggressively against the only democracy in the Middle East, is pure and simple anti-Semitism, and not part of a legitimate political debate over a territorial dispute, like those found in many parts of the world.

The recent anti-Semitic events in Kansas, Toulouse, and now in Brussels constitute a powerful, flashing warning light to all those who, consciously or not, take part in this incitement when, time and time again, they rush to condemn Israel and compare the building of a home for a Jewish family in the land of our forefathers to cruel and murderous acts of terror perpetrated by heinous anti-Semites and terrorists in Gaza or in Brussels.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly condemns the murder that was perpetrated at the Jewish Museum in Brussels and shares in the grief of the families of the victims.

"This act of murder is the result of constant incitement against Jews and their state. Slander and lies against the State of Israel continue to be heard on European soil even as the crimes against humanity and acts of murder being perpetrated in our region are systematically ignored. Our response to this hypocrisy is to constantly state the truth, continue a relentless fight against terrorism and build up our strength".
Belgian Interior Minister Joelle Milquet was quoted in local media saying "It's a shooting ... at the Jewish Museum. All of this can lead to suspicions of an act of anti-Semitism."
The situation is still unfolding as law enforcement teams seem to be moving swiftly. B'nai B'rith continues to monitor the situation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

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