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Brussels Jews protest Antwerp refusal to honor Holocaust victims with cobblestones
by Cnaan Liphshiz
Jews from Brussels protested in Antwerp against the refusal of the Belgian capital and its Jewish community to use special cobblestones to commemorate Holocaust victims.
Highlighting the spreading of Belgium's binational divide to its Jewish communities, a dozen protesters from the Brussels-based Association for the Memory of the Shoah picketed Monday outside Antwerp City Hall. The leaders of Antwerp's Jewish community were attending a commemoration service with Mayor Bart de Wever at a monument elsewhere in the city at the time.
With backing from the local Jewish community, the city has refused to allow the placing of Stolpersteine — the German name for the small brass cobblestones set into the sidewalks in front of buildings from which Jews were deported. More than 50,000 of the cobblestones have been laid in 18 countries in Europe.
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