Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Ten teenagers of Turkish origin were sentenced to 30 hours of community service for attacking a group of Jewish youths in Belgium

Associated Press:

A group of Orthodox Jewish teenagers on a school trip to a non-operational coal mine in the northeastern town of Beringen last Thursday were confronted by the offenders, who threw stones and shouted anti-Semitic slogans.

Police intervened and detained the local youths for a night. They were then sentenced to community service over the year-end holidays, said police spokesman Marc Rubens.

Diane Keyser, secretary general of the Forum of Jewish Organizations, said she was comforted by the swift police response.

"It was a serious incident and what we saw was a good approach," she said.

Jozef De Witte, director of Belgium's anti-Racism center, said there were some anti-Semitic incidents reported in Belgium last year and he expected similar events this year.

Young Jews attacked in Belgium


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