Antwerp rally features call to ‘slaughter the Jews’, plus Antwerp shop owner won’t sell to Jews in ‘protest’

Riverside view of Antwerp, Belgium

Dozens of men at an anti-Israel demonstration in Antwerp shouted slogans about slaughtering Jews.

Approximately 500 people attended Saturday’s protest in the capital of Belgium’s Flemish region, where one of the speakers used a loudspeaker to chant a call in Arabic that means “slaughter the Jews.”

The demonstration against Israel’s assault on Hamas in Gaza happened amid a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in Western Europe that coincided with the Israeli actions, and one day before a similar demonstration in Paris escalated into what European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor called an “attempted lynch” outside a local synagogue…

Related: Antwerp shop owner won’t sell to Jews in “protest”: A Belgian Jewish woman said an Antwerp shop owner refused to serve her “out of protest.”

The woman, identified by the initials B.H., told police and the Jewish monthly Joods Actueel that she was declined service on Monday when she entered his clothes store in the shopping district of central Antwerp.

A spokesman from the Antwerp police department confirmed to Joods Actueel that the case was being investigated.

“When I came to the cash register to pay for a few items I was told, ‘We currently don’t sell to Jews out of protest,’ ” the woman, who is Orthodox and identifiable as Jewish, told the weekly…