"... NGO worker Brigitte Herremans has accused 'Israel's allies' of 'inflating' Belgium's anti-semitism problem to distract from its own treatment of Palestinians, the Independent reports.
Ms Herremans, an employee of the Catholic Lenten campaign organization, Broederlijk Delen, and of Pax Christi made the comments on Flemish Radio 1.
'When you sometimes hear criticism from certain pro-Israel circles, also in Belgium, then I think that mostly they try to vastly inflate this business to distract from the heart of the matter: Israel tolerates no criticism and wants to do only as it pleases in the Palestinian territories,' she said.
Whereas her employers 'take into account Israel's security needs,' Israel 'feels it can afford to persecute human rights activists… because no sanctions are applied against it, as they are in Russia,' she said.
Earlier this year, Israeli authorities refused her entry at Ben Gurion Airport and removed her to Belgium after she refused to provide airport security with details of her contacts in the country."
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