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Police: impact on Jews in Antwerp is not a hate crime

Police of Antwerp came to the conclusion that the incident on 4 February in the Jewish area of the city, where the driver, a Muslim, tried hitting on two ultra-Orthodox Jews, the father and the son, is not a crime to hate – despite the objections of local human rights defenders.

About it writes on Wednesday, February 7, local newspaper Joods Actueel.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Belgian League against antisemitism (LBCA), said that her attorneys opened a criminal case against the driver. In accordance with the laws of the country, third parties have the right to sue the suspect and to insist on a criminal investigation.

«This crime was premeditated, and motivation, in the absence of any other explanation, should be regarded as anti-Semitic. The case is reminiscent of road attacks that took place in Barcelona, Berlin, Jerusalem, London, new York, nice and Stockholm», – reads the statement of human rights defenders.

They also note that the suspect, identified by the car number, is a foreign citizen, as well as the fact that his name was not made public in the press. A police spokesman in Antwerp refused to comment on this incident.

Police: impact on Jews in Antwerp is not a hate crime 08.02.2018

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