A Belgian organization that aims to combat anti-Semitism complained to a mayor in Liege on Wednesday that a cafe had posted a sign saying no Jews were allowed inside.
The sign, posted in a cafe window, was written in Turkish and French. In the Turkish text, the sign said that “dogs are allowed in this establishment but Jews are not under any circumstances.” In French, the word “Jews” was replaced with the word “Zionists,” according to the Jewish Daily Forward.
The Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism filed the formal complaint against the cafe owners and police reportedly confirmed the information and removed the sign.
“(The Belgium League Against anti-Semitism) will file in the coming hours a criminal complaint with the Liege prosecutor over the actions of those responsible for this violation of the July 30 law against racism and xenophobia of 1981,” the organization said in a statement.
In the store window, owners had also put a Palestinian flag and an Israeli flag with a Palestinian shawl around it.
According to the Jewish Daily Forward, there has been an increase in anti-Semitic hate speech and incidents in western Europe since Israel began its major offensive, launching numerous air strikes on Gaza. The attacks have killed hundreds Palestinians, many of whom are civilians, and injured thousands. Israeli officials have said they are launching the air strikes in self defense.
Source: The Jewish Daily Forward, Photo Credit: Jewish Daily Forward