Jewish teenagers in Belgium quit their schools because of anti-Semitism
BRUSSELS---Like every Friday, as part of the day school activities, 13-year-old Oceane Sluijzer goes to the sport training center in Neder-Over-Hembeek, a Brussels suburb, where she plays football.
There she meets other girls from the same nearby secondary public school. Many of them are from Moroccan origin and Oceane feels sometimes difficult to be integrated and to be treated well.
She was in fact excluded from the group because of her look, she is blond, and because she is not of Arab descent, she says.
Two weeks ago, the shy Jewish girl came as usual at the center and found again the same situation. But this time she started a discussion. "Why don’t you respect me?,” she asked a group of four girls. "Is it because I am not Arab?”.
Then, after the discussion heated up, one of the Muslim girl, the group leader, shouted at her: "Dirty Jew, shut up and return to your country,” words that she repeated.
Oceane didn’t know how to react to the anti-Semitic insult but responded: "I will not shut up and I am already in my country."
She then received two slaps in the face before being badly beaten by one of the girl for several minutes. It was only thanks to her Indian girlfriend that she could get out of the situation. "If she would not have been present, my daughther would maybe have been killed," explained her father, 44-year-old Dan Sluijzer.
Suffering a head concussion and face injuries, she went to hospital. She talked on the phone to her father who told her to go straight to the police station to fill a complaint.
Since then she didn’t return to her school and was so scared that she even didn’t went out of her home. But she decided to change of school. The Jewish school was one option, but she felt Hebrew and religion were "too much” for her in the middle of the year. (...)