Belgium to beef up security at Jewish institutions

One year after deadly attack on museum, Brussels to provide $4 million grant for surveillance cameras, alarms, secure windows and armored doors

Extra police deploy in Belgium after a May 2014 attack at the Jewish museum in Brussels. (Joods Actueel/Flash90)
Extra police deploy in Belgium after a May 2014 attack at the Jewish museum in Brussels. (Joods Actueel/Flash90)

The Belgian government will provide more than $4 million to upgrade security at Jewish institutions throughout the country.

Interior Minister Jan Jambon made the announcement Monday during an interview on the Flemish public television VRT program “De Zevende Dag,” according to reports.

The grant will go for surveillance cameras, alarms, secure windows and armored doors, among other security improvements, the European Jewish Press reported.

Once the improvements are made, the government could decide to reduce the number of soldiers protecting the buildings, which are under military protection on the same level as embassies.

”If these technical protection measures work, then we can reassess the number of soldiers in the streets,” Jambon said.

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