Friday, April 03, 2015

American Jewish group denounces decision by Belgian company to refuse insurance coverage for Jewish kindergarten 

The firm denied the school's request, saying "it is too risky to insure a Jewish kindergarten these days.

"This is another ominous sign that can only deepen Jewish fears about their own security in Belgium," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. AJC, the global Jewish advocacy organization, maintains European offices in Brussels, Berlin, Paris, and Rome.

"At a time when Jewish communities in Belgium, indeed across Europe, are on edge due to rising anti-Semitism and violence against Jews, requiring additional protection by police and soldiers, the insurance company's decision to deny coverage is unconscionable," said Harris.

Rabbi Menachem Margolin, Director General of the European Jewish Association (EJA), which runs the kindergarten in the EU area of Brussels, told AJC he is hopeful that another insurance company will be found soon to provide the general coverage requested.

Margolin called the company's decision a ''scandal," "First and foremost, not enough is being done in order to secure Jewish institutions throughout Europe, despite our repeated requests and warnings, and then insurance companies are using the security situation as an excuse in order not to insure kindergartens,'' he stressed.

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