by Dr. Gerhard Falk
a small European country. It has a population of about 10 million people in no
more than 12,000 square miles. Its people speak either Dutch, called Flemish in
Belgium, or French, known as Walloon.
best known for two exports: diamonds and religious hate. The word diamond
is Greek and means unchangeable. The English word ”adamant” is of the
same origin. These two exports, diamonds and religious hate, are related in that
the diamond trade has traditionally been in Jewish hands and in that the Belgian
bigotry consists of seeking to revive the medieval “blood libel” against the
Jewish people. The “blood libel” is a lie seeking to prove that Jews kill
Christians in order to bake Matzohs with the blood of the murder victims.
the Belgian parliament and its courts have invented the legend that the killing
of Palestinian terrorists in Lebanon in 1982 by Christians was somehow the fault
of “the Jews” and that therefore the Belgian courts have a right to
“try” Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for the killings of 1982. The truth is
that a political party called Phalangists undertook to enter two Palestinian
camps in Lebanon and kill numerous terrorists there because the Palestinians in
Lebanon committed the same crimes against the Lebanese people which they inflict
on Israel every day. The names of the commanders of the Phalangists are Fadi
Frem and Elie Hobeika. Ariel Sharon was not there and had nothing to do with
this. However, Belgium has a large Arab population, whom the Belgians seek to
please by this attack on the Jewish people.
conduct is of course not new in any European country and is particularly
familiar to the Belgians. In fact, the Belgian government sold diamonds to
Hitler during the second world war, which made it possible for the Nazi war
machine to cut steel and make ball bearings. Without this Belgian help, the
German war machine would have collapsed at once.
It is also
well known that if ever there were war criminals in this world they were the
administrators of the erstwhile Belgian Congo in Africa. Historians agree that
no European nation was as cruel and malicious as colonial masters of black
Africans as the Belgians. If they seek war criminals they can easily find them
now about 40,000 Jews in Belgium. Many of these Jews live in Antwerp, which has
25 synagogues and 12 different Chasidic sects. Antwerp is also the headquarters
of the Belgian diamond trade. There are in Antwerp 1,500 diamond companies and
four diamond exchanges. One half of the trade is conducted by Jews, the other
half mainly by Indians. The Belgian diamond trade has an annual turnover of $23
billion. Of this, Israel imports about $300,000 worth of unglazed diamonds from
Belgium each month.
a Diamond Exchange located between Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan. It is comprised of
four buildings. From there Israel exports $5 billion worth of polished diamonds
to the United States, Japan, Belgium, Germany, China, France, England and
elsewhere. Therefore trade with Belgian diamond dealers is important to Israel
and that is the reason the Arabs living in Belgium attempt to destroy that
is being thinned out today because of new technology. While there were over
19,000 diamond cutters in Antwerp in 1968 there are fewer than 3,500 today, as
computer operated machines do better what human hands had done for so long.
Therefore, younger Belgian Jews are no longer tied to that trade even as
Lebanese, Armenians and Africans have entered into it.
one more Jewish angle to the diamond trade. That is the South African
connection, because most of the diamonds of the world come from there and many
of those resources have traditionally belonged to Jews, including the famous
Oppenheimer family, the Barnato family and the families of Isaac Lewis, Alfred
Beit and others. Today there are about 100,000 Jews in South Africa. The
majority live in the Johannesburg area and many are still in the diamond
business. May they prosper.
we need to know that several American Jewish organizations have issued warnings
against Jewish travel in Belgium, where synagogues have been burnt, where the
chief rabbi was beaten on the street, where Jewish property is firebombed and
where the government is following in the footsteps of the Nazi occupiers who
were driven out of Belgium and France by American soldiers just sixty years ago.
Belgium and France supported Saddam Hussein and his atrocities even as they
groveled before Hitler two generations ago.
Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications,
A New Look at the Supporting Generation (with Dr. Ursula A., Falk, 2002),
Ascent to Reason (2003).