Anti-Semitic graffiti appears in Brussels

Anti-Semitic graffiti appears in Brussels
Credit: CCOBJ/Twitter

The facade of an apartment building in the Brussels municipality of Ixelles, on the border with Uccle, was defaced with swastikas on Tuesday morning.

It is not the first time anti-Semitic messages have surfaced in the region.

The Coordination Committee of Jewish Organisations in Belgium (CCOJB) shared a photo of a facade in the Rue Joseph Stallaert in Ixelles on Tuesday afternoon, with several freshly-sprayed red swastikas on it.

"Anger, sadness and shock. Brussels 2023," they captioned the photo. "What are we doing to fight this?"

A total of seven swastikas were drawn on the facade of the apartment building on the corner of Rue Joseph Stallaert and Rue Molière. On Tuesday afternoon the paint was not yet dry, meaning the vandalism likely happened early in the morning.

In the meantime, the graffiti has been removed by the municipality, said the CCOBJ and confirmed Ixelles city councillor for Public Works Romain De Reusme: "We actively fight against anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia. The swastikas were immediately removed by the municipal services."

Earlier this year, several swastikas and other references to Nazism and anti-Semitism also appeared on a house and a road sign, among other things, in Ixelles. In January, the ambassador of Israel reported swastikas in the Bois de la Cambre.

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