Dozens chant about ancient massacre of Jews at pro-Palestinian rally in Brussels
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Dozens chant about ancient massacre of Jews at pro-Palestinian rally in Brussels

Belgian Jewish group files incitement to violence complaint over incident at protest against West Bank annexation

People stage a protest against Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank Brussels, Belgium on June 28, 2020. ( Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images via JTA)
People stage a protest against Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank Brussels, Belgium on June 28, 2020. ( Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images via JTA)

JTA — Dozens of protesters at a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Brussels chanted the name of a locale where Muslims massacred Jews in the seventh century.

The Arabic chants about Khaybar, located in modern-day Saudi Arabia, were filmed at a rally Sunday in the Belgian capital against Israel’s plan to apply its civilian laws on parts of the West Bank.

“Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning,” at least 100 men chanted, according to the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA.

That’s incitement to violence, the LBCA’s president, Joel Rubinfeld, told the Belga news agency.

“They’re referencing a historic event in which Jews were exterminated and reduced to slaves,” he said.

LBCA has filed a complaint with police for incitement to violence against those filmed shouting the slogan.

The rally’s organizers, a nonprofit called the Belgo-Palestinian Association, condemned the chanting in a statement.

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