Montasser al-De’emeh

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Robert Fisk reports (6 December 2015):

Montasser Alde’emeh is a Palestinian academic and writer, a Belgian citizen and specialist in that one subject of which all policemen now regard themselves as experts: “radicalised” or “home grown” Isis “terrorists”.

He runs a centre for returning “radicals” to try to wean them from their obsession with the Isis cult – important work in Belgium, from where 350 fighters have travelled to Syria; more per capita than any other European nation – and has co-written a highly-acclaimed book on Isis called The Jihad Caravan: A Journey to the Roots of Hatred.

Alde’emeh is well known in Belgium. He has been filmed by television crews as he journeys around Brussels, interviewed by the Washington Post and by Belgian media. And he was driving home after addressing Flemish Belgian parliamentarians last week when he was pulled over by the police.

No problem, for Alde’emeh is just the kind of chap that we need to keep ourselves safe in these dangerous days of Isis massacres and school prefect speeches by the likes of Hilary Benn.

Or so you would have thought.

According to Alde’emeh, he was returning home to Molenbeek (the same Molenbeek now regarded as a “breeding ground” for “Isis terror”) when he was stopped at a police checkpoint. He thought this normal; the Paris attacks had occurred only two weeks earlier and Belgium existed under a “state of emergency”.

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