Belgian Jewish leaders denounced calls for their governments to issue gun permits to members of their communities this weekend, saying that such efforts could lead to harrowing consequences.
Last week, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, the Brussels-based head of the European Jewish Association (EJA) and the affiliated Rabbinical Center of Europe, sent a letter to senior officials in a number of EU states requesting that gun laws be loosened to allow “designated people” among Europe’s Jews “to own weapons for the essential protection of their communities.”
Belgian Jews were quick to distance themselves from Margolin’s comments, asserting that he does not represent their communities.
“I think that he has no authority to speak in the name of Belgian Jewry because he doesn’t represent Belgian Jewry,” Abraham Guigui, the country’s chief rabbi, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.
This guy isn’t even suggesting that gun laws be loosened to permit individuals to legally keep and bear arms. He just wants to be able to arm non-state security forces. And even that was rejected as too radical. Not by the EU, by his own people.
Is a complete lack of any sense of history an actual requirement for being a European Jew?