Belgian Journalist Attacks Israel With Antisemitic Tropes
In a July 27 column of the Belgian daily De Morgen, journalist Dimitri Verhulst sought to criticize Israel but reverted into blatant antisemitism. Representatives of the Flemish Jewish community have filed a police complaint against Verhulst for joking about Jews’ noses and accusing Israelis of stealing Palestinian land.
De Israëlische Ambassade is diep verontwaardigd door de publicatie in @demorgen van een artikel doorspekt met antisemitische stereotypes geschreven door Dimitri Verhulst. #Antisemitisme is geen opinie maar wel degelijk een strafbaar feit.— Israel in Belgium (@IsraelinBelgium) August 5, 2019
In his article, titled, “There is no promised land, only stolen land,” Verhulst misstates and parodies the late French-Jewish singer Serge Gainsbourg. Verhulst misquotes the singer as saying “Being Jewish is not a religion, no God would give creatures such an ugly nose.” Gainsbourg’s original lyrics read, “Being Jewish is not a religion. No religion makes you grow such a nose.” Despite the late singer having never spoken about God or ugliness.
This article criticizes Jews for being “God’s favorites” and using “their privileges” to drive Palestinians out of their homes. Verhulst also wrongfully accused Israel of “murdering” 10,000 Palestinians over the past 17 years.
Since 2005, Belgium has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism. (good) This definition specifically notes that blaming Jews for the actions of Israel is antisemitic. Dimitri Verhulst latent antisemitism has come to light in his most recent column. This is just another example of how anti-Zionism could be used as platform for thinly-veiled antisemitism.