Brussels' chief rabbi has warned there is 'no future for Jews in Europe' following the Paris attack and lockdown across Belgium
Rabbi Avraham Gigi was interviewed on Israeli radio when he gave the bleak outlook for Jewish people in Europe.
He warned that people were afraid to walk the streets or meet up in large groups following the attacks which claimed the lives of 130 people and injured more than 300 others.
Chief Rabbi of Brussels Avraham Gigi, centre, said Jewish people had 'no future in Europe predicting that an ever greater number of people will move to Israel or Canada
Speaking to Israeli radio, Rabbi Gigi said that people were afraid to meet up in large groups due to the threat
Rabbi Gigi said the synagogues in the city have been closed for the first time since the Second World War
The Jerusalem Post reported Rabbi Gigi's comments to local radio station 103FM.
He said:'There is a sense of fear in the streets, the Belgians understand that they too are targets of terror. Jews now pray in their homes [as opposed to at synagogues] and some of them are planning on emigrating.'
Rabbi Gigi told listeners that Brussels has been paralysed since the attacks. He said: 'The synagogues were closed, something which has not happened since World War Two. People are praying alone or are holding small minyanim [small prayer groups] at private homes. Schools and theatres are closed as are most large stores and public events are not permitted. We live in fear and wait for instructions from the police or the government,'
He said Brussels had a Jewish population of approximately 25,000 with a further 18,000 in Antwerp. In total there are 50,000 Jewish people in Belgium with the remainder scattered across smaller communities.
Rabbi Gigi claimed that many Jewish people in Belgium were considering leaving the country.
He added: 'There has been aliya to Israel as well as emigration to Canada and the US. People understand there is no future for Jews in Europe. Jews should not make aliya out of fear because this will result in a poor absorption experience as a feeling that something was left behind will always remain. People should make aliya out of a love for Israel.'