The Belgian Interior Minister, the Flemish nationalist Jan Jambon, declared, on Saturday 16 April, that "a significant part of the Muslim population danced when these attacks occurred". He sees in this proof of the failure of the integration policy for foreigners in Belgium, he explained in this interview with the Flemish daily De Standaard.
This key figure in the Nouvelle alliance flamande (N-VA) [New Flemish Alliance] does not specify where he observed this dance, nor which attacks he is referring to. But he adds: "they threw stones and bottles at the police when Salah Abdeslam was arrested. That's the real problem".
"The terrorists, we can stop them, take them out of society. But they are only a pustule. Beneath that there is a cancer that is much more difficult to treat. We can do it, but not from one day to the next," the minister continues, who says he is going beyond "politically correct thought" and "calling a cat a cat".
He also explains that the "danger" linked to the radicalisation of young people from the third and fourth generations of immigration has now "taken root too deeply" in some districts, because Belgium "ignored the distress signals for years."
After the attacks of 13 November, Jan Jambon created a controversy by promising to "clean up Molenbeek", when it had appeared that several members of the commando teams that had struck Paris had come from this municipality which now has the reputation of being one of the main centres of jihadism in Europe.Source