A Belgian police officer has come under criticism after expressing his desire to "kill each and every Jew."
The officer, identified only as Mohamed N., works in the city of Molenbeek, near the capital city Brussels. Molenbeek Mayor Francoise Schepmans has already told the Le Soir newspaper that he will be dismissed from the police.
The comment came during a discussion about a Brussels MP of Turkish origin who was excluded from the Human Rights Council for not acknowledging the Armenian genocide. Mohamed attempted to divert the conversation over to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but was reprimanded by the thread's initiator.
Rather than return to the original topic Mohamed wrote, "Nothing like the word Jew is so dirty… If I was over there in Israel, frankly, I would do the same thing to the Jews – cut them down one by one – like they do to the Palestinians."
The Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism (LBCA) wrote a statement to Mayor Schepman about the incident. "Two things are particularly notable in this thread. First the fact that a 'guardian of the peace' publicly expressed something that is the exact opposite of the values he is supposed to embody, promote, defend. Secondly, I realize, not without a certain discomfort, that anti-Semitic speech is expressed more and more uninhibitedly in certain circles. Previously, anti-Semites hid themselves behind pseudonyms or fake profiles. This is not the case today for some who seem to consider anti-Semitism to be an opinion like any other, and not a crime."
The officer later claimed that his Facebook was hacked and deleted the post. However, he did not immediately delete a post from July 2014, in which he wrote, "The Jews will fight you, but you will be the winners." He had attributed the statement to the prophet Mohammad.