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Brussels - 2 Belzer Chasidim Lightly Injured In Brussels Attack; Many Orthodox Jewish Passengers Still In Airport

Published on: March 22, 2016 09:56 AM
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Brussels - An unknown number of Orthodox Jews are among the thousands of passengers currently stranded in a hangar at the Brussels airport following a pair of deadly explosions this morning.  The death toll is currently at 31 with another 55 injured in the bomb blasts.

Two Belzer Chasidim are among the injured according to Kikar HaShabbat.  Chaim Winternitz, a Jerusalem resident, was in Antwerp for a family simcha and was returning home with his family at the time of the blast.  Winternitz, who sustained an injury to his leg,  has already been released from the hospital and is expected to return to Israel soon with his family.  A second unidentified Chasidic victim sustained a broken leg and is currently undergoing surgery in a Belgian hospital.

An amateur video posted to YouTube, that is being broadcasted widely by all major media outlets, shows the devastation at the airport terminal, with plumes of grey smoke pouring out of the building’s shattered windows.  Passengers can be seen fleeing the terminal and two Yiddish speaking men can be heard among the crowd, with one telling the other that they need to leave before another bomb explodes.

Yisroel Yaakov Yeret of Ichud Hatzolah was among those who was davening Shachris at the airport when the explosions took place. Yeret was on his way from Israel to the United States at the time of the attack.

Yeret said that the passengers were evacuated to a large hangar where they are being bused in groups of 50 to an unknown location.

“No one has any idea what they are going to be doing with us, where we will be,” said Yeret.  “There is no food, no drink, not even a place to charge a telephone.”

Yeret says United Hatzolah volunteers were assisting paramedics who came to treat the injured.

Purim may be just days away but the Jewish community of Brussels is living in fear instead of joy.

“We are very, very scared,” said Rabbi Avraham Gigi, chief rabbi of Brussels. “Residents of Belgium have been told to stay where they are and not to travel anywhere.  Public transportation is completely shut down and you can feel the tension on the streets.”

Rabbi Gigi said that at the time of the attack the main synagogue in Brussels offered shelter to non-Jewish students who were in shock after the attack.  Plans for a Purim chagiga and concert scheduled for tomorrow night remain up in the air pending further instructions from Belgian security.

Rabbi Gigi extended the condolences of the Jewish community to the bereaved and wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.

“May G-d have mercy on Europe,” said Rabbi Gigi.

Brussels Airlines flights cancelled at the Ben Gurion International Airport following this morning's terror attack in Brussels, Belgium. At least 34 people were killed and many seriously injured in terrorist attacks at Brussels international airport and a city metro station. March 22, 2016. Photo by FLASH90 Brussels Airlines flights cancelled at the Ben Gurion International Airport following this morning's terror attack in Brussels, Belgium. At least 34 people were killed and many seriously injured in terrorist attacks at Brussels international airport and a city metro station. March 22, 2016. Photo by FLASH90

 


More of today's headlines

Brussels - The attacks which killed 34 people in Brussels and shut down the Belgian capital on Tuesday brought the same suffering to Europe which the Middle East endures... Brussels - At least 31 people were killed Tuesday when bombs exploded in Belgium's capital — two at the main international airport and one on a downtown subway train...

 

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 Mar 22, 2016 at 10:36 AM Normal Says:

Europe swapped Jews for Muslims and is now reaping the results.

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 Mar 22, 2016 at 10:38 AM Anonymous Says:

i hate to say this, but the Belgian attacks, as horrific as they are, are being covered non- stop nationally, while the terror and horror of achaynu in ey is barely mentioned on any given radio dial or television channel.
will the un insist that the Belgian government use restraint? OF COURSE NOT! will the world bow in silent grief? OF COURSE
now Belgium will get but a small taste of the bitterness that yidden face, alone and kicked upon while we are down

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 Mar 22, 2016 at 11:23 AM anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Normal Says:

Europe swapped Jews for Muslims and is now reaping the results.

Too bad Hitler ym"sh is not here to witness what his yundenrein achieved.

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 Mar 22, 2016 at 11:46 AM kligermentch Says:

OK - NOW FOR A CHANGE THE EUROPEANS ARE EATING AND DRINKING THE FOOD THEY ARE COOKING FOR SO LOOOOOOOOOOONG, LET THEM KEEP ON SUPPORTING THE TERRORISTS, THAT HAVE ONE EXCUSE TO KILL AND KILL, THEY BLAME THE ZIONIST FOR TAKING THEIR LAND, THEY BLAME THE INFIDELS FOR NOT BELIEVING IN MUHAMMAD, THEY TEACH THE CHILDREN TO HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF HATE, AND THE EUROPEAN HATE MONGERS ALWAYS SUPPORT THESE TERRORISTS, IF THIS WONT CHANGE THEIR MIND, MAYBE A FEW MORE ATTACKS "GOD FORBID" WILL MAKE THEM THINK IF THEY ARE GOING IN THE PROPER DIRECTION

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 Mar 22, 2016 at 12:24 PM HankM Says:

Pretty coincidental that the world's must anti-Semitic countries get hit hardest by the Moslems, for example Belgium, France, Turkey. Maybe countries should rethink who they allow into their borders. Maybe the USA liberals should do the same?

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 Mar 22, 2016 at 12:28 PM Yossi Says:

and the world is upset when Trump said he would NOT allow Mooslims into America?
Not every Mooslim is a terrorist, but every terrorist is a mooslim.

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 Mar 22, 2016 at 01:20 PM Butterfly Says:

I heard that the airport in Brussels had very little security!! Maybe NOW it will change!! I think that they have learned their lessons!! (Maybe the HARD way??)

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 Mar 22, 2016 at 01:25 PM Anonymous Says:

My French is a bit rusty, but from what I read in the Belgian press, the first identified victim is Yossef Haïm ben Haya Sarah Gittel.

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 Mar 22, 2016 at 04:09 PM anonymous23 Says:

Reply to #4  
kligermentch Says:

OK - NOW FOR A CHANGE THE EUROPEANS ARE EATING AND DRINKING THE FOOD THEY ARE COOKING FOR SO LOOOOOOOOOOONG, LET THEM KEEP ON SUPPORTING THE TERRORISTS, THAT HAVE ONE EXCUSE TO KILL AND KILL, THEY BLAME THE ZIONIST FOR TAKING THEIR LAND, THEY BLAME THE INFIDELS FOR NOT BELIEVING IN MUHAMMAD, THEY TEACH THE CHILDREN TO HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF HATE, AND THE EUROPEAN HATE MONGERS ALWAYS SUPPORT THESE TERRORISTS, IF THIS WONT CHANGE THEIR MIND, MAYBE A FEW MORE ATTACKS "GOD FORBID" WILL MAKE THEM THINK IF THEY ARE GOING IN THE PROPER DIRECTION

WELL SAID!!

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 Mar 22, 2016 at 04:14 PM Anonymous Says:

I hope our rabonnim don't blame this on women's driving or not being dressed properly or using cell phones.

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 Mar 23, 2016 at 10:10 AM BarryLS1 Says:

"the root of all trouble ” is stupidity.especially by your ilk

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