Remember when Donald Trump came under fire for claiming to have seen thousands of Muslims celebrating the September 11th attacks in New York City? He was exaggerating when he said thousands, as only a handful celebrated in NYC, but he wouldn’t have been exaggerating had he been speaking about the rest of the world.
Had he been speaking about Muslims globally, he should’ve revised his estimate upward. Palestinians filmed themselves dancing in the streets after the attacks (and a poll taken at the time showed that 65 percent supported such attacks on the US).
Following the recent attacks in Brussels there was much celebrating from the Muslim community – but the media swept that fact under the rug. As Jihad Watch reported (quoting from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency):
In the days following terrorist attacks in Brussels, street celebrations broke out in several places in Belgium, the county’s vice prime minister said.
Jan Jambon made the statement about the March 22 bombings, which killed 35 people, on Wednesday during a symposium titled “Terrorism, Israel and International Law” and organized by the Dutch anti-racism and pro-Israel lobby group CIDI, or the Center of Information and Documentation on Israel, in The Hague.
Jambon, a rightist politician, made the remark while acknowledging Belgium has a jihadism problem. One of Europe’s smallest countries, Belgium is the continent’s biggest per capita source of jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq, CNN reported. In February, Jambon revealed Belgium’s intelligence services have flagged 451 citizens as jihadists.But, Jambon said, racial profiling of jihadists is ineffective. He also said jihadists hail from various backgrounds, “including doctors, lawyers, and common criminals,” and not only from poor environments. Only one in six jihadists comes from a poor home in Belgium, he said. Jambon urged better pan-European cooperation on terrorism.
That should serve as a wake-up call for those who believe Islam isn’t the problem, and that it’s poverty or some other factor that drives youth to extremism.And no, this isn’t just a few extremists in Belgium who were celebrating. The Council of Belgian Imams had decided against praying for the victims of the bombing, as they wouldn’t consider praying for the souls of non-Muslims.
Something tells me that had a handful of pastors or rabbis refused to pray for Muslims who died under similar circumstances we would hear about it.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]