November 30, 2002
THE HEAD OF THE ARAB EUROPEAN LEAGUE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH INCITING RIOTS in Antwerp last week:
The authorities were shocked by the targeted nature of vandalism this week. Flemish pubs and black-owned businesses in the Borgerhout district were attacked, but shops displaying AEL stickers were spared.
Belgium’s liberal media agreed yesterday that the country’s experiment with tolerant multiculturalism had totally broken down.
The Flemish newspaper De Morgen said: “For a decade, the immigrant quarters of this country have turned into reservoirs of frustration, even hate. They have found a voice in Abou Jahjah.”
Abou Jahjah rejects assimilation, demanding segregated schools and self-governing, Arab-speaking ghettos.