ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 142

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Antwerp man filmed destroying 20 mezuzahs, harassing Jews

A 24-year-old refugee believed to be Muslim was briefly detained by Belgian police for anti-Semitic hate crimes, including the destruction of at least 20 mezuzahs in Antwerp, local Jews say.

In recent weeks, the same man was filmed in Antwerp destroying at least 20 mezuzahs, religious objects containing a parchment with biblical text inked on it that Jews affix to their door frames, and vandalizing the entrance doors of several Jewish institutions, the Jewish monthly Joods Actueel reports.

He was detained for 12 hours Friday based on footage from security cameras of him destroying the mezuzahs.

He had also placed a Quran near a synagogue, and was filmed knocking off the hat of an Orthodox Jew on the street. He shouted at Jewish passersby: “This is our land, Palestine!” and: “We will show you!”

— JTA

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