Nazi Symbols in Louvain-la-Neuve: Urgent Call for Action

Anti-Semitic leaflets were placed in the mailboxes of residents of Louvain-La-Neuve. On these leaflets, several swastikas, the Nazi symbol. On the document, this text: “White man, are you tired of hearing the Jewish media lie to protect the Arab and black invaders who rape, pillage and murder innocent white people?” The tract then invites readers to join the movement to “reestablish the domination of the white race in Europe.”

This leaflet provokes a lot of reaction. The politician in particular, Ahmed Laaouej, federal deputy and leader of the PS group in the chamber, asks on anti-Semitic.” Ahmed Laaouej calls on the social network Annelies Verlinden, the Minister of the Interior but also Vincent Van Quickenborn, Minister of Justice.

Student associations are also reacting. In particular the UEJB, the Union of Jewish Students of Belgium. Gabrielle Piorka is its co-president: “We were very shocked. By the content but also by the form. On these leaflets we find symbols which recall a dark period for the Jewish community. This leaflet stigmatizes the Jewish community but it also harms the inclusiveness, openness and tolerance of university campuses which are supposed to be safe places for students. It is not easy to be part of a minority on a campus. This incident adds to a general climate of the rise of the far right in Europe. We call on academic authorities to remain vigilant and take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of the communities targeted by this leaflet on campus.”

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