Four political parties are pushing forward laws that could prohibit the pro-sharia Partij Islam ahead of Belgium’s upcoming municipal elections.
The Independent Federal Democrat Party (DEFI), the right-wing Reform Movement (MR), the Humanist Democratic Centre (CDH), and the Socialist Party (PS) have announced a proposal to ban parties “whose aim is to threaten public liberties”, which may include the Islamist party, Le Point reports.
The party gained notoriety earlier this year after its founder, Anderlecht municipal councillor Redouane Ahrouch, declared: “Our goal is a one hundred percent Islamic state.”
He was later fired from his job as a bus driver for his comments which included suggesting that buses in Belgium should be segregated by gender to prevent women being sexually harassed.
The party’s proposals include a ban on consumer credit, the guarantee of citizens to slaughter animals in their homes, limit the sale of alcohol, ban tattooing and piercing, and reject the two-state solution of the Israel-Palestine conflict, arguing that Palestine is “under occupation”.
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Theo Francken, Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration and member of the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) slammed the party on social media saying: “Sharia is in violation of human rights. The Sharia parties are therefore undemocratic. Real wolves disguised as lambs!”
While the party claims it will do well in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek due to the large Muslim population, some are sceptical including Molenbeek mayor Françoise Schepmans who described it as a Shi’ite group.
“We have established a cordon sanitaire around them, as we did with Vlaams Belang (Flemish national party) and the Belgian National Front,” Schepmans said.
The local elections are the first in Molenbeek since the height of the migrant crisis in 2015 and since the Bataclan massacre in Paris in November of that year. Molenbeek became home to Bataclan terrorist Salah Abdeslam for months after the attack where he lived undetected until a police raid captured him.
The capture is believed to have been the catalyst for the Brussels terror attack that occurred shortly afterwards.