Belgian doctor suspended for alleged anti-Semitism (JERUSALEM POST) By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ 04/17/12)
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A hospital in Brussels on Monday suspended one of its surgeons for
allegedly hurling Nazi slogans and racial slurs at a Jewish colleague.
The surgeon later offered apologies via emails sent to the management
of the hospital, Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel, and to Belgium’s
main Jewish publication which first reported on the incident, Joods
The surgeon reportedly called out “sieg heil” and told his Dutch-
born, Jewish subordinate to “head back into the gas chambers,”
according to a complaint which the Jewish doctor filed with the
Center for Equal Opportunities, a watchdog on discrimination.
The incident reportedly happened on Monday morning at the hospital
during an argument between the suspended physician - specializing in
orthopedic surgery - and the younger Dutch-born doctor.
The complainant, who recently returned from a vacation in Israel,
further said the surgeon told him to “go back to the Dead Sea and be
Edgard Eeckman, spokesperson for the hospital, said that hospital
management would investigate the incident by hearing both sides and
witnesses to “quickly determine whether to sanction the man.”
Hospital authorities identified the man as Dr. Frank H. Eeckman added
he was “a difficult man,” referring to a previous complaint against
the surgeon for alleged violent behaviour in July.
Michael Freilich, editor-in-chief of the paper Joods Actueel, said
that in his mail to the newsroom, the surgeon said he “never meant
what was said in a moment of rage,” adding that a relative of his had
spent four years at a prisoners camp under Nazi occupation. He added
he had “a lot of respect for the Jewish people and Israel.”
Additionally, the surgeon sent an apology to the Jewish doctor he is
accused of verbally attacking. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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