“It is the duty of the political leaders to systematically refuse statements that are outrageous or hateful. The anti-Semitic views expressed by the Iranian President are totally unacceptable. I condemn those vigorously,” Yves Leterme, prime minister of Belgian, address at European Jewish Congress, November 10, 2008.
A few days ago, Shimon Samuels, the Wiesenthal centre’s director for international relations had sent a letter to country’s caretaker Prime Minister Yves Leterme, asking him to sack his Justice Minister Stefaan De Clerck for calling for amnesty for Belgians who may have collaborated with Nazis. “De Clerck to be promptly removed from his ministry, his party and shunned from the political arena. To remain silent would be perceived as complicit in De Clerk’s apparent endorsement of genocide,” wrote Shimon Samuels.
De Clerck’s remarks which shook Israeli foundation, were: “Perhaps we should be willing to forget, because it is the past. At some point one has to be adult and be willing to talk about. perhaps to forget, because this is the past”.
Yves Leterme had lost his mandate as Prime Minister when his Flemish Christian Democrat party was routed in elections last June but Leterme is still in power, thanks to King Albert II, who refused to call new election fearing language roits between his Dutch, French and German subjects.
European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Dr. Moshe Kantor has also demanded the resignation of the Justic Minister. A recent EJC ‘Holocaust Awareness’ survey conducted in several European countries – showed two-third of respondents did not believe in Zionists’ narrative of the ‘Six Million Died’. Their ignorance to the question: who was Adolf Eichmann? , was also disturbing.
De Clerck claims that his remarks were distorted. He could be right as the Justice Department had accepted a 70-page indictment against Israeli leaders (Ehud Olmert, Ehud Barak and Tzipi Livni, etc.) for committing war crimes during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in 2009. Livni had refrained from traveling to Belgium in 2009 during her stint as foreign minister for fear of being arrested in that country.
Belgian is one of the ten European countries where it is a crime to challenge the Zionists’ narrative of ‘Six Million Died’. According to some records, 242 Belgian citizen have been executed for Nazi collaboration and over 50,000 were jailed. Currently, there are over 2,000 still in Belgian jails while the rest were pardoned.
Omri Ceren writing in Jewish ‘Commentary‘ magazine – called Belgian “Sacred Land of Anti-Semitism“. He blamed Belgian Muslims for De Clerck’s remarks and the “rise of anti-Israel agitation“. Interestingly, when Duke Henry III ordered the expulsion of all Jews from the country in 1261 CE, Muslims did not live in that country.
Belgium is home to 40,000 Jews while Antwerp has 30 Synagouges, the largest number among European cities. Muslims make 250,000 (4%) of Belgium’s total population of 10.3 million. Last year, Belgium lawmakers unanimously approved ban on Muslim women wearing Hijab in public. The ban was hailed by the Jewish Lobby for its fear of Muslims taking-over Europe. Muslim leaders, a Catholic Bishop and Amnesty International condemned the ban.