Brussels killings due to 'incitement' against Jews: Netanyahu

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Israel's premier said late Saturday that the attack at the Brussels Jewish Museum, which left three dead and one badly wounded, was the result of anti-Jewish and Israeli sentiment in Europe, AFP reported.

"This act of murder is the result of constant incitement against Jews and their state," Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.

"Slander and lies against the State of Israel continue to be heard on European soil even as the crimes against humanity and acts of murder being perpetrated in our region are systematically ignored," he said.

Belgium Interior Minister Joelle Milquet had said it was too early to determine whether it was an anti-Semitic attack, but given the target "there are strong grounds for presuming so".

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman joined Netanyahu's sentiment, blaming "anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic incitement expressed in calls to boycott Israeli produce".

"The so-called 'pro-Palestinian' activities which... call to boycott 'Jewish goods' and aggressively act against the only democracy in the Middle East, are purely anti-Semitic and not part of a legitimate political territorial dispute", he said in a statement.

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