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9 Belgian Jewry Compared

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This chapter summarizes the major findings presented in this book. It yields a general overview of the case of Belgian Jewry's position vis-à-vis antisemitism today, on the basis of its self-perception as a Jewish population. The aim is to learn how far Belgian Jewry conforms to the norms and conditions prevailing in other European Jewish communities and in what respects Belgian Jews are "different". A large majority contend that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impacts on their safety: many non-Jews tend to blame non-Israeli Jews for sharing the responsibility of assumedly reprehensive Israeli acts. Belgian Jews accuse Muslim extremists for a good part of the antisemitic acts taking place in the country. Setting the Belgian data in the context of those describing the other Western- European Jewries investigated by the FRA survey, is of great interest, as it contributes to an overall description of the condition of Europe's Jewry in general.

Keywords: antisemitism; Belgian Jewry; FRA survey; Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Muslim extremist; Western- European Jewry



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