August 21, 2014
Belgium, France on alert after anti-semitic attacks
Belgian police were hunting for an assailant who shot dead four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, and French authorities tightened security at Jewish sites following another attack that prompted fears of a rise in anti-Semitism.
Belgian authorities said a French woman and an Israeli couple died and a Belgian man was seriously wounded on Saturday after being shot in the face and neck.
A young belgian hospitalized yesterday after the shooting died today, raising the dead toll to four, the head of Belgium's Anti-Semitism League Joel Rubinfeld said.
Security around all Jewish institutions in Belgium was raised to the highest level. About half of the country's 42,000-strong Jewish community lives in Brussels.
Meanwhile, the French government tightened security around synagogues and Jewish cultural centres on Sunday following an attack on two Jews in suburban Paris hours after the Brussels shootings.
French President Francois Hollande said police would catch those responsible for the attack on Saturday evening on two young men wearing traditional Jewish clothing as they were leaving a synagogue in Creteil.
Both men were in hospital after being beaten by two men, one on bicycle and one on foot, Agence France-Presse reported.
"We must do everything to fight against anti-Semitism and racism," President François Hollande said.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement that he had instructed police to "immediately secure sites linked to the Jewish religion or Jewish culture".