Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday blamed anti-Israel attitudes in Europe on the shooting at the Brussels Jewish Museum that killed three and critically injured a fourth, the Times of Israel reported.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Image source: AP/Ronen Zvulun, Pool)

“This act of murder is the result of constant incitement against Jews and their state,” 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. Our response to this hypocrisy is to constantly state the truth, continue a relentless fight against terrorism and build up our strength.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman added that the deadly attack may be related to “calls to boycott Israel and boycott Israeli products.”

“Throughout history,” Liberman said in a statement, “anti-Semitism has taken on many forms but at bottom has always been based (on) hatred of Jews merely for being Jews, whoever they may be and wherever they live… That’s why activity termed ‘pro-Palestinian,’ activity that once again, just like in those dark days, calls for the boycott of ‘Jewish goods,’ and aggressively targets the only democracy in the Middle East, is nothing but anti-Semitic.”

An emergency response worker checks the bodies of two victims of a shooting at a Jewish Museum in Brussels, on May 24, 2014. (Image source: AFP/Stringer/Getty Images)

An emergency response worker checks the bodies of two victims of a shooting at a Jewish Museum in Brussels, on May 24, 2014. (Image source: AFP/Stringer/Getty Images)

Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo said those in his nation are “united … faced with this hateful attack”; Belgium’s King Philip expressed his “indignation over this act of violence closely affecting the Jewish community,” the Times of Israel added.

(H/T: The Gateway Pundit)