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Jewish woman appointed Belgium’s first female PM

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Published: 1 November 2019

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Sophie Wilmes, a centrist who did not focus on her Jewish roots during the election, will head a caretaker government during negotiations on the formation of a coalition

Jewish mum gets nod as Belgium’s first female prime minister (Times of Israel)
Though she hasn’t highlighted her Jewish roots, PM Sophie Wilmes said to recently see Judaism as ‘a more important factor’ in her life, according to one Jewish community member

Belgium taps first ever Jewish, female prime minister (Haaretz)
Sophie Wilmes, a centrist, will head a caretaker government during negotiations on the formation of coalition, which in Belgium are known to take months


'Jews don't get our humour': How a Belgian town is doubling down on its anti-Semitism (Haaretz)
After criticism of Nazi-style caricatures at the 2019 Aalst carnival, its organizers are taking revenge, centre-staging crude, repellent images of Jews: "Don’t rap us on the knuckles: if you do, we’ll get back at you twice as hard"

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