'Go to Gaza:' Belgian Doctor Refuses to Treat Jewish Patient
A Belgian physician reportedly refused to treat a woman with a fractured rib based solely on the fact that she is Jewish and said the woman should visit Gaza to eradicate the pain.
"Send her to Gaza for a few hours, then she'll get rid of the pain," the doctor said to Bertha Klein's son, according to the Jerusalem Post. The original report was cited from Belgian news site Joods Actueel. Klein's son had called a medical hotline around 11 pm on Wednesday night requesting a doctor's visit to which the doctor responded, "I'm not coming" and then hung up. The doctor said he knew the patient was Jewish based on her son's American accent.
When Klein's son called back, the doctor made the Gaza comment.
Following the incident, the family called Samuel Markowitz, who is an alderman (an elected member) of the Antwerp district council and who also serves as a volunteer paramedic. Markowitz called the doctor back and confirmed the exchange in addition to recording the conversation, the post notes.
The doctor later admitted he had made the comment based on an "emotional reaction."
The medical center to which the call was made is headquartered in "Flanders, Belgium’s Flemish region, whose capital, Antwerp, has a sizable Orthodox Jewish population," reports the Post.
Wednesday evening's incident is just one of a recent slew of anti-Semitic campaigns, boycotts and attacks which have taken place in Belgium, since the start of the Israel-Hamas war nearly one month ago.
On Friday, a Belgian cafe posted a sign outside of its business in both French and Turkish which stated that dogs were allowed to dine at the cafe, while Zionists and Jews were not, according to the New York Daily News.
An Orthodox Jewish woman was also reportedly refused service at an Antwerp-based clothing store, Jpost notes.
In May, a terrorist named Mehdi Nemmouche opened fire at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, resulting in the murder of four people. Authorities believe he had returned to his native France from Syria, where he was thought to have been fighting alongside Islamic State (ISIS) Jihadists.