Kris Peeters wants more vigilance against anti-semitism

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Kris Peeters wil meer waakzaamheid tegen antisemitisme

The attack on the jewish Museum in may 2014.

Deputy prime minister Kris Peeters wants the waakzaamheidscel against anti-semitism to reactivate. The anti-semitism during the last years indeed increased.

The waakzaamheidscel existed at the beginning of 2000 and died a quiet death in 2013. Then there is the attack of Mehdi Nemmouche at the Jewish Museum. But there is more to it than that.

The European union Agency for fundamental rights reported last month that the anti-semitism of the past five years has increased in Europe. And also in our country.

Of the almost 16.400 respondents in the twelve EU countries where 96 percent of the jewish population lives, including Belgium, reported more than a quarter said that they in the past year at least once was harassed, according to the European report. The first vice-president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, says that he has serious concerns about the findings and calls for action at European level to anti-semitism to combat.

For this reason, the centre for anti-racism Unia previously for a reactivation of the waakzaamheidsscel in our country. Deputy prime minister Kris Peeters (CD&V) does now work, as he said on Radio 1 this morning.

He brings his colleagues from the Justice and Home Affairs (Geens and Crem, both CD&V) at the end of this month along with Unia and a few Jewish organizations to a new start to talk. And to see how the cell can be more than a ‘praatbarak’, because that was the accusation that the cell previously received. “We should look at how the waakzaamheidscel added value’, says Peeters.

The mission of the cell would be diverse: exchange of information, complaints, follow-up, the banaliseren of such anti-semitic violence to counteract, to a prevention policy development and the official condemnation of anti-semitism ensure.