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Irina Nevzlin Kogan condemned the brutal attack on the Jewish Museum of Belgium

Irina Nevzlin Kogan, Chair of the Board of Directors of Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People, in Tel Aviv, condemned Saturday’s brutal attack on the Jewish Museum of Belgium, which left four dead. Nevzlin Kogan wrote to the museum’s President, Philippe Blondin, to “offer her sympathies and support at this difficult time.” Observing that two of the deceased were Israeli tourists, Emmanuel and Miriam Riva from Tel Aviv, Nevzlin Kogan stressed that “this attack was aimed at the entire Jewish people, which needed to respond to such incidents with unity and solidarity.”

“Museums, by their very nature serve as symbols of tolerance, openness and dialogue in the face of violent extremists who wish to see these values eradicated”, said Nevzlin Kogan.  “While we wish to celebrate the historic contribution of the Jewish people to humanity, we are also reminded at times like these of the challenge our people face in expressing their identity in safety and security.” Nevzlin Kogan called on all members of the European Association of Jewish Museums to increase their collaboration on security matters.