The Antwerp diamond community observed a minute’s silence at noon local time today in an expression of solidarity with the victims of yesterday’s multiple terrorist attacks on Brussels.
The Antwerp World Diamond Council, which took the lead in organising the initiative, also cancelled a scheduled Purim concert yesterday.
AWDC CEO Ari Epstein said the concert was cancelled out of respect for the victims and their families. “Our hearts go out to the victims, and to all those who lost loved ones,” he said.
India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) also expressed its solidarity with the Belgium citizens especially diamond industry of Belgium, who were at the receiving end of the terrorist attack. A GJEPC statement said, “The Indian diamond industry is dismayed with the fact that the terrorist attacks yesterday in Brussels claimed many innocent lives and injured several people.”
GJEPC Chairman Praveenshankar Pandya said, “We are extremely shocked by the dastardly terrorist act at the airport of Belgium. At this time of anguish, we stand with the fellow citizens and diamond community of Belgium.”