Belgian crisis center tells Jewish victims:
Israel doesn't exist
A Crisis hot line for Brussels attack victims shocks Jewish volunteer trying to repatriate injured Israelis; 'No Israel, only Palestine.
The Brussels terror attacks which killed 35 people earlier this month also injured hundreds more - among them many foreign citizens, including several Israelis.
But when a Jewish volunteer called up the Belgian government's Crisis Center to arrange flying the Israeli victims home, the operator - who identified himself only by the Arabic first name Zakaria - chose to inform him that Israel doesn't exist, and insisted the victims should be sent to "Palestine."
The shocking incident, along with an audio recording of the conversation, was published in the Belgian Jewish monthly "Joods Actueel".
An English transcript of the conversation can be read below, courtesy of the New Anti Semite anti-hate blog.
English transcript of the telephone conversation:
XXX: Good afternoon, my name is XXX, I am a volunteer in the Jewish coordination committee of Antwerp. We are contacted by persons… we have 2 persons of the Jewish community that were hurt in the attacks in the airport
Crisis Centre: Yes sir
XXX: They are prepared to be transported back to Israel. Our volunteers are busy with it and take care of everything but we received information from the hospital that we need special papers from the police that they can be released. Is this correct and to who should we ask that? Can you tell me more about that?
CC: That is effectively.. I will take a look. So … they go back to Palestine.
XXX: Not Palestine, Israel.
CC: Yes, but that was before Palestine, of course. OK
XXX: Could you repeat that again, please? What is the name?
CC: That … Palestine.
XXX: Can I get your name, please?
Cc: Of course, Zakaria.
XXX: And you know only Palestine?
XXX: You don’t know Israel, only Palestine?
CC: I know the Jews went to there, that Palestine received (opvangen) them and that there is a war between Israel and Palestine, of course. And the occupation… that’s what’s on the news of course.
XXX: Can you help me with the question I have, or not?
CC: Naturally, of course. Thus they go back to Palestine and ask that they could get an attestation. Voila, it is noted.
XXX: Can I have you name again, I didn’t understand it well.
CC: That is correct.
XXX: Zakaria what? What is your last name?
CC: I am not obliged to give it.
XXX; Thank you very much.
CC: You’re welcome. Bye
The Arutz Sheeva article ends with this comment:
"...Belgium, like neighbouring France, has seen a rapid rise in anti-Semitism over the past decade, emanating largely from the country's growing Muslim population..."
This made me reach for my "quotes folder" to pull out this warning: "First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people", an islamo-arab warning whose truism France and now Belgium have already started to experience. I wonder how long it will take our so-called "Western Leaders" to realise that "Sunday" is galloping towards us and that Israel has been and still is fighting OUR war!
Meanwhile what followed this disgraceful episode was covered by this news item:
Belgium’s federal hotline – set up by the Belgian Interior Ministry to take calls after these attacks – has fired an operator who told a caller that Israel does not exist and should be called Palestine instead.
Jac Vermeer – CEO of IPG – the company which had the contract to run the hotline for the Belgian Interior Ministry – issued this rather pathetic apology:
“We wish to apologise to all members of the Jewish community and to the victims and their families in Israel ”
No expression of outrage has been issued by the Belgian Interior Ministry or the Belgian Government. And not a peep from the European Union or European Commission, who - I fear - have made up their tiny minds to chose the cowards' side in the looming clash between Europe vs Islam.