Purim cancelled in Brussels after police say they cannot protect the Jews
Following the Brussels terror attack, Belgian police request that the Jewish community cancel their Purim celebrations as the police are unable to protect the community.
Following the attacks at the airport and subway station in Brussels Tuesday morning, the Jewish community has cancelled its Purim celebrations at the behest of the police.
Over a thousand members of the Jewish community were supposed to attend the megillah reading (reading of the Book of Esther – ed.) at the Great Synagogue of Europe followed by a performance by the Gat Brothers who arrived from Israel for the occasion. Instead, the community will hold smaller gatherings in order to hear the megillah reading and fulfill the mitzvah (commandment -ed.) of Purim.
Rabbi Menachem Margolin, Head of the European Jewish Association, told Ynet that the decision to cancel the events was done at the request of the police due to the police’s fear of additional terrorists in the area.
“The police said that they are unable to protect the event while the city is in a state of war,” he said.
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