Brussels Member of Parliament Fouad Ahidar (Vooruit) compared Israel’s actions in Gaza with the Holocaust on Zinneke.tv. Vooruit distances itself from those statements. The MR asks for an apology.
“Everyone can see that a human genocide is taking place in Gaza,” Ahidar says in the November 5 broadcast of the online medium Zinneke.tv on YouTube. Ahidar is faction leader for Vooruit in the Brussels Parliament. He is also chairman of the Council of the Flemish Community Commission. ‘I visited Auschwitz in Poland and saw what a genocide is, as well as what a massacre is. I can only conclude that virtually the same methods are used in Gaza today. The means of wiping out populations of thousands at a time have simply become more sophisticated.’
Vooruit distances itself from the statements of the Brussels Member of Parliament. The party condemns the violence in the region, both by Hamas and Israel.
The Brussels department of the MR asks for an apology for Ahidar’s ‘unacceptable statements’. “I am ashamed to sit in the same assembly,” says David Leisterh of the Brussels MR on X. “Vooruit must make a big gesture and apologize. Because there are so many victims who expect something different from us…’
Fouad Ahidar will perform in Jette in 2024. He is still a member of Vooruit, although he was expelled from the party board in 2022. Then he went against the party line by voting in the Brussels Parliament against a ban on slaughter without stunning.