A string of terror attacks took place this morning – and are possibly still under way – in Brussels, at the airport and at a metro station near the EU headquarters.
At Brussels airport two bombs exploded, apparently by suicide bombers (reports are still very confused), at the American Airlines check-in desk, killing 13 people and injuring dozens:
Footage from the airport showed smoke billowing from the site with hundreds of passengers fleeing damaged buildings. The interior of the building appeared to be severely damaged, with ceiling tiles littering the floor.Initial reports suggested the explosions took place at the American Airlines check-in desk.
Arutz Sheva has a video of the moment of the airport explosion:
Barely an hour later, two more explosions rocked the Brussels Metro, at Maalbeek station, killing 10 people.
Following the attacks, the Netherlands, France and the UK upped their security. Travel between these countries was curtailed or halted, and flights between Israel and Europe have also been altered or halted. Check the Times of Israel live-blog for more updates throughout the day, including reactions from around Europe.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the innocent victims of these vicious terror attacks. I wish refuah shlema, a speedy recovery, to the injured, and send condolences to the bereaved families who lost their loved ones.
Without enjoying any schadenfreude, I wish to point out what I have said (and many others much wiser than me) that what starts with the Jews does not end with the Jews.
Countries that tolerated antisemitic attacks on their Jewish citizens, countries that excused Palestinian terrorism against Israel, or who condemned it but at the same time excused it with “But…” – “but Israel’s actions against Palestinians”, “but the occupation”, etc., – have all laid the groundwork for attacks such as these.
Do they not realize that the terrorists watch their reactions to the antisemitic and anti-Israel attacks? The terrorists see that the West’s responses are lukewarm at best and think to themselves that this will allow them to strike at the West itself.
The nations of the West kid themselves when they think they are immune to attacks such as these. They think that if they “play nice”, let in millions of undocumented refugees, and tolerate anti-Israel and antisemitic activity, the terrorists will leave them alone.
Today’s attacks, along with the attacks on London Transport on 7/7/2005, in Paris in November, and now today in Brussels, show that they have it all wrong.
As Binyamin Netanyahu repeatedly says, “Terror is terror is terror”.
Purim is approaching with its reminder that we must wipe out Amalek.
Amalek is here in front of us, living amongst us. It must be identified, confronted and eradicated before it’s too late.