When then-candidate Donald Trump noted in January 2016 that, thanks to mass immigration, Brussels was turning into a hell hole, Belgian and European politicians presented a united front at the (media) barricades: How dare he say such a thing? Brussels, capital of the European Union, the very quintessence of the post-modern world, the avant-garde of the coming new “global civilization,” a hell hole? Of course assimilating newcomers is not always easy, and there may be friction from time to time. But never mind, they said: Trump is a buffoon, and anyway, he has zero chance of getting elected. Such were the thoughts of those avid readers of The New York Times International Edition and regular watchers of CNN International.
However, Donald Trump, in his unmistakable, brash style, was quite simply right: Brussels is rapidly descending into chaos and anarchy. Exactly two months after that dramatic Trumpism, Brussels was eviscerated by a horrific Islamic terror attack that left 32 people dead. And that was only the tip of the monstrous iceberg that has built up over three decades of mass immigration and socialist madness.
The Court of Appeal in Brussels has ruled that a 58-year-old women convicted of recruiting young Brussels Muslims to fight in the so-called “holy war” in Afghanistan be stripped of her Belgian citizenship.
Malika El Aroud now only has Moroccan citizenship. In 2010 she was sentenced to 8 years in prison and fined 5,000 euro for terrorist-related offences.
In 2014 proceedings were launched to strip Malika El Aroud of her Belgian citizenship. It has taken so long as Ms El Aroud’s solicitor took the case to the Constitutional Court. Now the Court of Appeal has decided that she should lose her Belgian citizenship.
We constantly clash with young, lefty judges who believe that we are racists. The leftist anti-racist “don’t want to know” government policies are causing the extremely frustrated Brussels police to lose the street war. The police chiefs do not dare to take risks. They have no experience with enforcement of the law. They are supposed to be capable of leading a squad in a street war but are more likely to need a change of underwear when faced with a street battle situation.
BRUSSELS — A Belgian court announced Tuesday that it had struck down an effort to deport an imam at Belgium’s oldest mosque, saying that Belgian immigration authorities had not provided evidence the cleric posed a serious threat to society.
The imam, Abdelhadi Sewif, has worked at the Grand Mosque of Brussels for 13 years. The Belgian state secretary for asylum and migration, Theo Francken, accused Sewif of threatening national security as he sought to reject a residence permit renewal. Sewif has denied the charges and said that he was never able to review the evidence against him, because it was classified intelligence material.
The decision curbs the efforts Belgian authorities have started to make against the mosque, which is Belgium’s largest and is leased by the Belgian government to the Saudi royal family. Belgian lawmakers and counterterrorism officials have raised concerns about the unusual arrangement of foreign control of the mosque, which they say makes it less accountable to national authorities.
Nigel Farage says while Russia is accused of funding Britain’s ‘Leave’ campaign, financier George Soros’ recent $18 billion donation to pro-EU charity Open Society has escaped scrutiny. “This is where the real international political collusion is,” Farage says.
Violent clashes have erupted in central Brussels as police were confronted by “hundreds of young people” who had reportedly gathered to meet a social network star. The youths threw projectiles at police and damaged stores and cars in the area, local media report.
A number of Brussels police officers that were on duty during Saturday evening’s riot have spoken in anonymous interviews about a numerous factors that made their work unnecessarily difficult. The group of four young officers that were on duty on Saturday evening told VRT News that “This is painful and frustrating”. They have chosen to remain anonymous as “otherwise we can start looking for another job”.
Celebrations in Brussels to mark Morocco’s return to soccer’s World Cup finals for the first time in two decades turned violent late on Saturday, when crowds clashed with police, setting cars on fire and injuring 22 police officers.
Images on social media showed overturned, burning cars and broken shop windows in Brussels city center as well as police trucks firing water cannons at crowds gathered in front of the city’s stock exchange.
BRUSSELS — The Grand Mosque of Brussels is Belgium’s biggest and oldest site of Muslim worship. Officials in Belgium say it is also a hotbed for Saudi-backed Islamist extremism.
Now the Parliament wants the country’s leaders to take over the sprawling complex that is just steps from the gleaming core of the European Union. It is the latest attempt to tighten security after radicalized Belgians emerged at the heart of terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels in the last three years.
The sudden move against the mosque underscores the challenge for Western European leaders seeking to embrace what they call a “European Islam” that endorses pluralistic values. For too long, many officials say, they have stood by as imams preaching the ultraconservative interpretation of Islam favored by clerics in Saudi Arabia and Qatar have worked among their populations, encouraging the frustrated descendants of North African immigrants to wall themselves off from mainstream society.
Two far-right parties have come under fire for organising an ‘Islam safari’ through a neighbourhood that became notorious after the Paris and Brussels attacks.
Leaders from the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV) and Flemish Interest Party in Belgium are planning on visiting Molenbeek in Brussels on Friday.
Belgian newspaper De Morgen reports that in Belgium, some schools are trying to lower the threshold for parents with a migration background by only welcoming mothers of pupils to school events and activities. Through this, they hope to attract mothers from a foreign origin into school.
You know what this billboard tells me? It says one quick change into a bathrobe triggers Muslims to commit acts of terror.
The photo shoot in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek is playful: Painter Samuel Vanderveken is wearing a grey wool sweater and jeans. His friend Nikita Imambayev stands to his right wearing a traditional chapan — an overcoat worn by Muslims in Central Asia. Both men have dark hair and beards, and generally look rather similar. They pose, standing side by side, with their arms crossed. Then they change roles. Somewhat hesitantly, but nevertheless with a big smile, Vanderveken puts on the chapan and suddenly becomes a Muslim. The transformation seems perfect.
A knife-wielding man threatening to kill passengers caused panic on a train in the Belgian capital, Brussels earlier this week, local media reported on Friday, citing officials.
The man shouted “Allahu Akbar” (‘God is great’ in Arabic) and “we’re going to kill all of you,” causing panic among the passengers, Belgian media reports.
He was also reportedly screaming that he wanted to “finish the work started by the Nazis.”
The imam’s residence permit was withdrawn as a prelude to expelling him. He had lodged an appeal against that decision which, if it failed, would oblige him to leave the country, Minister Theo Francken told radio station BelRTL.
Brussels’ Grand Mosque, which was leased to Saudi Arabia for 99 years in the 1960s as part of an energy deal, has faced repeated accusations from local politicians of propagating ultra-conservative forms of Islam.
“There is a problem with the Grand Mosque… I have taken the decision to withdraw the residence permit of the imam of that mosque,” Francken said.
A Danish Muslim woman has been deported to Tunisia for refusing to remove her religious veil while going through security at Brussels Airport, Belgium’s State Secretary for Asylum and Migration has said.
The woman landed at Brussels Zaventem Airport on Wednesday on a flight from Tunis, Tunisia.