Sunday, November 15, 2015

Belgian minister freely admits government has no control over Brussels neighborhood linked to Islamic terrorism-NY Times

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"Molenbeek, where one in four residents does not have a Belgian passport, has a 30 per cent joblessness rate....Problems are now so serious, it is hard to find police willing to bother tackling them."

NY Times, Kimiko De Freytas-Tamura and Milan Schreuer

"Belgium’s home affairs minister said that the government does not “have control of the situation in Molenbeek,” a working-class neighborhood of Brussels that has been linked to several terrorism plots in recent years. 

Speaking on the VRT television channel on Sunday, the minister, Jan Jambon, said that the government would “step up efforts” to bring order to the area of the Belgian capital.

“I see that Mayor Fran├žoise Schepmans is also asking our help, and that the local police chief is willing to cooperate,” Mr. Jambon said. “We should join forces and clean up the last bit that needs to be done; that’s really necessary.”

Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium said he was also concerned about jihadist networks in Molenbeek.

“I notice that each time there is a link with Molenbeek,” he said. “This is a gigantic problem. Apart from prevention, we should also focus more on repression.”

Belgian officials had said that the brother of one of the men suspected to be Paris attackers was arrested on Saturday in Molenbeek."

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11/15/15, "Paris terror attacks: Visiting Molenbeek, the police no-go zone that was home to two of the gunmen," UK Independent, Leo Cendrowicz

"Deprived east Brussels suburb where anti-terror officers made arrests has long been connected with jihadists."
"Most Belgians were stunned to hear that police had raided addresses in Brussels and arrested suspects, less than 24 hours after the Paris attacks. 

However, few were surprised to hear that the swoops took place in Molenbeek, a run-down east Brussels commune that has long been a magnet for jihadists, gangs, drugs and lawlessness.

It was at Molenbeek’s Osseghem station that police arrived in force, with a phalanx of cars, backed by the bomb squad, sniffer dogs, and the national gas company. For Anas, a 13-year-old, it was a spectacular sight. “They pulled out their sub-machine guns, surrounded this one man and took him in. It was like watching a film,” he said. 

Anas was still loitering near the station with two teenage friends, both called Mohammed. They are all in a 25-strong street gang called Osseghem. “Nothing much happens here,” he said, innocently. “Although the police sometimes chase us – they think we’re all Islamists.” 

Perhaps with good reason: Molenbeek has been connected to almost all of Belgium’s terrorism-related incidents in recent years. Moroccan national Ayoub el-Khazzani, who opened fire with a Kalashnikov on a high-speed Thalys train in August had lived in Molenbeek. French-Algerian Mehdi Nemmouche, who killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels last year, spent time in the area. And the two suspected terrorists killed by Belgian police in a shootout in the eastern town of Verviers in January were from Molenbeek. 

As well as being home to many ethnic Moroccans and Turks, Molenbeek is also one of the country’s poorest areas. It has a 30 per cent unemployment rate, and one in four of its 95,000 inhabitants does not have a Belgian passport. Like gang violence, Islamic radicalism has fed on Molenbeek’s marginalisation, despair and festering resentment of authority. Police say the most dangerous among around 30 Brussels gangs come from Molenbeek.   

Brice De Ruyver, who spent eight years as security adviser to then-Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, said...  problems are now so serious, that it is hard to find police willing to bother tackling them

“We don’t officially have no-go zones in Brussels, but in reality, there are, and they are in Molenbeek.”

The area’s troubles are partly due to its industrial decline. It was the capital’s landing site when the Brussels-Charleroi canal was built almost two centuries ago, and it proudly bore the nickname “Little Manchester”."...

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Exactly as the late Oriana Fallaci described:
 
"“Europe becomes more and more a province of Islam, a colony of Islam. And Italy is an outpost of that province, a stronghold of that colony...In each of our cities lies a second city: a Muslim city, a city run by the Quran. A stage in the Islamic expansionism.

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Source/Notes: The Force of Reason (2004)"




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