Friday, 19 September 2014

Brussels’ Jewish Museum re-opened on Sunday

English: Jewish Museum building line drawing
English: Jewish Museum building line drawing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Around 300 people came to attended the emotional reopening of the Brussels The Jewish Museum on Sunday, four months after a gunman shot dead two Israeli tourists and two members of staff inside the building.
 Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo told those present that Belgium had redoubled its fight against terrorism since the attack.
Mehdi Nemmouche, a French-Algerian who allegedly spent time fighting in Syria, is accused of the killing.
"Those who commit antisemitic attacks shouldn't be able to hurt again. They should be prosecuted and sanctioned," said Mr Di Rupo.
The re-opening of the museum in downtown Brussels (pictured) followed the introduction of a number of security measures. Police will now be posted at the entrance, and visitors will have to pass through a metal detector.

“We don’t want to serve the interests of extremists who want to muffle our culture,” said museum director Philip Blondin. “We wanted to reopen our doors as soon as possible, but it wasn’t [immediately] possible because the Belgian authorities had to do their work,” he said.

A memorial plaque bearing the names of the victims of the attack — the Rivas, a museum employee, and a volunteer — has been affixed to the entrance of the museum. As part of the increased security measures, two armed police officers will be stationed at the site, and security checks at the entrance will be more stringent.


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