Two of the three people murdered in the shooting attack in the Jewish Museum in Brussels on Shabbos were Israelis who were visiting the museum. They were reportedly in their 50s, residents of Tel Aviv. A museum employee, 23 was critically wounded in the shooting attack. There are reports of a third fatality, a female. Details have not yet been released.
In Israel, the Foreign Ministry is maintaining contact with authorities in Brussels in an effort to fly the bodies back to Israel for kvura as soon as possible.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu released the following statement in response to the fatal attack, which police in Brussels now feel confident was an act of terrorism.
“This act of murder is the result of constant incitement against Jews and their state. Slander and lies against the State of Israel continue to be heard on European soil even as the crimes against humanity and acts of murder being perpetrated in our region are systematically ignored. Our response to this hypocrisy is to constantly state the truth, continue a relentless fight against terrorism and build up our strength.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)