Abou Jahjah is Lebanon-bound - permanently
28 August 2006, BRUSSELS — The founder of the Arab European League (AEL), Dyab Abou Jahjah, will return to his native country of Lebanon permanently at the start of 2007.
28 August 2006
BRUSSELS — The founder of the Arab European League (AEL), Dyab Abou Jahjah, will return to his native country of Lebanon permanently at the start of 2007.
Abou Jahjah had previously said he would always return to Lebanon from Belgium "by 2009", newspaper 'De Standaard' reported.
The announcement that he would return earlier than expected was made on the AEL's Dutch-language website.
Jahjah also returned unexpectedly to Belgium last Tuesday after a four-week trip to southern Lebanon.
On the English-language AEL website, Abou Jahjah described in several letters how he views the battle of his people against "the fascist army of Israel".
He also states that the Lebanese people are supported by Iraq.
On the Dutch-language website, he writes that "not only I, but thousands of Arabs from Europe are prepared to take up their responsibility".
Abou Jahjah does not explain why he so quickly returned to Belgium.
But he says the coming time in Belgium will be focused on "the transitional stage within the AEL".
Abou Jahjah will also appear in court in autumn for the trial against the AEL "in which we hope to book a new judicial victory against the Belgian establishment that wants to criminalise our movement".
In that trial, AEL leaders Abou Jahjah, Ahmed Azzuz and Youssef Rahimi will stand trial for their role in the Antwerp race riots that took place after the murder of Mohamed Achrak in 2002.
The AEL was founded in Belgium, but campaigns for immigrant Islamic rights both in Belgium and the Netherlands.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news, Dutch news