An original translation by Hermes:
Maimonides School is the oldest Jewish school in Brussels. Now it has to close down or move, because Jews feel secure no more in the inner city of Brussels.
The Maimonides School, which is located in the inner city of Brussels, was built in 1947 as a symbol of the return of Jewish life to Brussels. 60 years after, the school is fighting for survival. It must be closed down or be moved to another location, for the zone in Brussels where the school lies has during the last year turned into a district dominated by Muslims. Jews noticed that they were exposed to an increasing hostility. The consequence of this: a dramatic decline of the Jewish population, and together with this also a hardly solvable situation, Pamela Geller writes in her blog.
Jews have left the inner city and moved to the suburban area. „The story of Maimonides is the story of the Jewish community in Brussels and its growing unease”, Joel Rubinfeld, former pupil and now vice-chairman of the Jewish European Parliament explained to the „Times of Israel”. Those who moved into the inner city and replaced the Jews were primarily Muslim immigrants. Here, the Gaza-conflict has more than anything else driven to the sharpening of anti-Semitism. Parents prefer to send their children to other schools. The problem of the (Jewish) school is mainly related to security.
„The zone is populated by an immigrant population who does not think very positively of Jews”, Agnes Bensimon, the spokesperson for the Israeli embassy in Brussels says. This may spell the end of the Maimonides School. The Jewish school registers a continuously decreasing number of pupils. This very year the school may close down. In order to avoid this, a move to another zone is being considered – maybe in the suburban area.
Similar situations can be observed in France and The Netherlands, mainly when Jews are clearly recognizable, for example when wearing a kippa. In this case they would not dare to enter certain zones any more. „Going around with a kippa is dangerous in many European cities”, Rubinfeld said. In august a rabbi was attacked in berlin by youngsters, for example.
One comment to the article:
22. January 2013 at 10:51
I’m neither Jewish nor religious, but in any case I had to leave my district in a small city in Hessen. Muslim youngsters terrorize residents so much, that anybody who can afford it, moves away
Entire streets are devaluated and bought cheap by immigrants.
Not only Jews, but each and every non-Muslim will sooner or later be kicked out of their homeland