Two women and a man were killed, and one person seriously, injured during a shooting at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels Saturday (24 May), with Belgian officials saying anti-Semitic motives could not be ruled out.

Belgians vote today in parliamentary, regional and European elections. Commentators blamed tolerance for anti-Semitic speech on the right for having indirectly contributed to the terrorist attack.

Two of the three people killed the shooting were Israeli tourists, Israel's Foreign Ministry said today.

A spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry did not give further details of the identities of the victims killed in the shooting, which Belgian officials said may have been motivated by anti-Semitism.

A spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor's office said there was no clear information about the perpetrator, although a fire brigade official said earlier that the shooter had driven up to the museum, gone inside and fired shots.

"Regarding the motive, we have little information. Everything is possible," Ine Van Wymersch told a news conference.

"We know that the location, the Jewish Museum in Brussels, makes one think of it being an anti-Semitic attack, but we do not have enough to confirm this is the case."

Belgium's interior minister, Joëlle Milquet, was quoted by the RTBF Belgian television station as saying: "It's a shooting ... at the Jewish Museum ... All of this can lead to suspicions of an act of anti-Semitism."

No details were given of the identity of the third person killed or the fourth victim, who was wounded and is in a life-threatening condition. They had been shot in the face and neck, Van Wymersch said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a statement from his office, strongly condemned the killings. They were, he said, "the result of endless incitement against the Jews and their state".

Security around all Jewish institutions in the country has been raised to the highest level, and Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo met with police and senior officials to discuss the situation.

About half of Belgium's 42,000-strong Jewish community lives in Brussels.

Joël Rubinfeld, president of the Belgian league against anti-Semitism (LBCA), said that the attack was “predictable, given the tolerance to anti-Semitic speech in Belgian society".

He referred to the performances in Belgium of the controversial French comedian Dieudonné, an avowed anti-Zionist, and of statements by Belgian MP Laurent Louis, leader of a movement called ‘Stand Up, Belgians’. Louis has said among other things that the Holocaust was produced and financed by Zionists.

Mysterious fires destroy radio transmitters

Mysterious fires of criminal origin have damaged two radio transmitters in Belgium. This morning at 5 AM, a fire destroyed the ground cables of the transmitter antenna of the French-speaking Belgian Radio and Television RTBF in Wavre, 30 KM from Brussels, leaving a large audience without FM transmission of several programs.

Later, at 7.30 AM, another fire damaged the installations of the Flemish-speaking radio and television VRT at Leuven. The Belgian authorities said it was difficult for the time being to say if a link existed between the two fires.