Charismatic Islamist Seeks to Shake Up Belgian Politics

He’s been called “a pimp for the Prophet” and the “Arab Malcolm X.” He has celebrated the 9/11 attacks, been banned from entering the United Kingdom, and rejects Israel’s legitimacy. He is pro-Hamas and outspokenly anti-Semitic. Yet his many followers see him as something of a savior, a voice of emancipation for Muslims in the West.

Now, the Lebanese-Belgian activist Dyab Abou Jahjah is starting his own political party in Brussels, aiming to represent minority groups and his vision for a “society of radical equality.”