Belgium faces ‘persistent terror threat’ and a ‘wave of jihadism’ from Muslims recruited in prison

There is extensive jihad recruitment going on in prisons all over the West, yet neither Belgium nor any other Western country would dream of confronting this problem at its roots. In prison the beliefs that incite Muslims to jihad violence are not refuted or even acknowledged; instead, they’re only reinforced.

Muslim prisoners are given Qur’ans and encouraged to pray with other Muslims, in the fond belief that this will make them less, rather than more, likely to go jihad. This is tantamount to giving Nazi prisoners copies of Mein Kampf and encouraging them to study it together. Only in the case of Islam is the ideology and belief system that landed the prisoners in prison in the first place actually reinforced in prison.

“Belgium faces a ‘persistent terror threat’ and a ‘wave of jihadism’ because prisoners are being radicalised by Islamic inmates, country’s spy agency admits,” AFP, November 30, 2018:

Belgium faces a ‘persistent terror threat’ and a ‘wave of jihadism’ because prisoners are being radicalised in jails, the country’s spy agency has warned.

The State Security Service said Belgium faces a ‘considerable problem’ of extremism in jails and that convicted terrorists continue to re-offend.

Belgium’s domestic intelligence agency warned today that the country faces a persistent terror threat, in part because of the radicalisation of prisoners.

The country has already been hit by several attacks claimed by the Islamic State group, including the bombings in Brussels in March 2016 that left 32 dead.

Attacks across the border in France have also been traced to Brussels-based cells, including the November 2015 assault on Paris targets that killed 130 people.

Some of those behind these plots have also fought in Syria, where the Islamic State is one of several extremist groups involved in the ongoing civil war.

According to the report, Belgium now has ‘a never before seen population of detainees jailed for terrorism’ that poses a greater than ever threat of ‘contagion’.

‘Taking into account the persistent recidivist tendency among former terrorism detainees, never mind radicalised common criminals, Belgium will continue to face a latent terror threat for some time to come,’ it said.

The Security Service said the Syrian war continues to serve as a ‘catalyst’ for radicalisation and to push convicted extremists back into violence.

It warned that those who will leave prison in the next three to five years could trigger ‘a new wave of extremism, even jihadism in our country.’…

EDITORS NOTE: This column with images originally appeared on Jihad Watch. It is republished with permission. The featured photo is by rawpixel on Unsplash.

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