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Belgian writer and public speaker Youssef Kobo (Photo: Youssef kobo)

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Not like last time: Why Gaza is a new 'rip' in Belgian society

Belgium is used to seeing spikes in hatred of Jews and Muslims during Middle East conflicts, but the Gaza war is tearing apart society in deeper ways than before.

That was the warning from Youssef Kobo, a writer and speaker on Belgian politics, speaking to EUobserver this week.

"Antisemitism and Islamophobia go through the roof" in Belgium, he said, because it is home to some 50,000 Jews and 800,000 Muslims.

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Belgian writer and public speaker Youssef Kobo (Photo: Youssef kobo)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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