Belgium expels imam who urged burning of Jews

A Moroccan imam who called for the burning of Jews was expelled from Belgium in October as a “threat to national security”, a senior official said on Thursday.

The Minister for Asylum and Migration, Sammy Mahdi, confirmed the information to Belgian lawmakers and, although he did not give the date of the expulsion, added that the religious fanatic, Mohamed Toujgani, was “not currently on Belgian territory”.

The case had been revealed by the television station GARDEN.

“This man was probably the most influential preacher in Belgium,” Mahdi said, adding that the stay ban for “extremism” is valid for 10 years.

According to Minister Mahdi’s office, the cancellation of the residence permit was formally approved on 12 October last year.

Toujgani preached until last year at the Al Jalil mosque, in the Molenbeek district, where one of the largest Muslim communities in Belgium gathers.

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