Thursday, May 19, 2016

Belgium declines Israeli teens’ aid request after parents killed in museum attack

In the meantime, Islamic violence and terrorism has cost Belgium huge suffering and billions of euros. It is understood that victims' families will not be entitled to compensation until the killer, Mehdi Nemmouche who had been living in Molenbeek at the times of the attack and was arrested in France, is tried and then found insolvent.  The whole procedure will take years.  Shira and Ayelet Riva are being helped by the Israeli government.

JTA reports:
Mira and Emmanuel Riva
Belgium has turned down a request for financial assistance from the daughters of an Israeli couple killed in a 2014 attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

Shira and Ayelet Riva were 15 and 17 at the time of the attack.

Mira and Emmanuel Riva were on vacation and touring the museum in May when Mehdi Nemmouche, a Frenchman who French authorities believe left for Syria via Belgium to fight with jihadists in 2012 before returning to Europe, opened fire on museum visitors and staff. Along with the Rivas, a French volunteer at the museum and a Belgian employee were killed in the attack.

The Riva teens, who live in Tel Aviv, filed an application for the assistance 10 months after the attack. They applied for the usual allocation of 15,000 euros, or about $17,000, which is generally provided without question, according to French-language news reports.

The commission that decides on assistance for victims of intentional acts of violence refused to grant the allocation, saying there was no “urgent need.” Urgent need is defined as a request in the first six months following an attack. The teens’ attorney said since the girls were not Belgian citizens, it was more difficult to file the request and took longer.

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