DAILYKENN.com -- A generation ago Molenbeek was a peaceful, law-abiding neighborhood in Brussels, Belgium.
Today it is a virtual Islamic no-go and terrorism incubator.
What terrifies the regressive left, however, is not the threat of Muslims murdering masses of innocents. Rather, they are hand-wringing over the prospect of patriots marching through Molenbeek.
The media's intent is obvious: To attract counter-demonstrators to the march.
Home to jihadists connected to thedeadly bombings in Paris and Brussels, recruiting ground for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremists, and witness to repeated police raids, Molenbeek is bracing for a new onslaught.
With extreme-right groups threatening to take the neighborhood by storm Saturday, community leaders fear its predominantly Muslim young people will fight back.
"They don't trust the police and they aren't going to take it," said Fouad Ben Abdelkader, a teacher in the neighborhood. On Thursday he joined a meeting of a couple dozen community leaders and mentors to neighborhood youths who feel adrift in mainstream Belgian society.
The group of community organizers was looking for ways to head off an escalation of violence in the largely Muslim neighborhood, hoping to avoid a situation like occurred last Sunday when hundreds of black-clad hooligans shouting Nazi slogans disrupted a memorial at Brussels' Bourse square for the 32 victims of the March 22 attacks on the airport and subway system.
This time, a relatively unknown Belgian group has pledged to "expel the Islamists" and police warn that extreme-right activists are believed to be converging on Molenbeek from around Europe, even though police banned the scheduled protest and any counter protests in the city as soon as it was announced, largely in reaction to the unrest last week.
It has been two weeks since the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, Europe's most wanted fugitive and a Molenbeek native who was found -- after four months on the run -- back home where he started.
The neighborhood has been a center for jihadi recruiters for years, and those who met Thursday are among the people who have worked the hardest to reverse the blight. But, they say, there is plenty of blame to go around for ease with which some young people are marginalized.
Three of the Paris attackers, including ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud, grew up in Molenbeek. The mayor can see the family home of two others, Salah and Ibrahim Abdeslam, from her desk.
"Here in Molenbeek you have a lot of people who are Muslim, a lot of people who are coming from Morocco. So it explains, this is one of the reasons why we have so many people in contact with radicalism, with jihadism," Mayor Francoise Schepmans told Duthiers.
Rather than admit that Shariah law is imposed upon the residents, the media spin is, "They don't trust the police."
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