The Joe Van Holsbeeck story isn't one bit less tragic for it but news out of Belgium has changed considerably:
The Brussels police and judiciary have apologized to the North African community. On 13 April, one day after the murder of 17 year old Joe Van Holsbeeck, the office of the public prosecutor issued a statement saying the murderers were two “North African youths.” This did not seem unlikely because Van Holsbeeck had been knifed and some Muslim youths are skilled with knives. Though it is illegal in Belgium to slaughter livestock at home, this happens on a very large scale in Brussels during the annual Muslim feast of sacrifice.
Should the police judiciary be ashamed? I don't think so. They reported what was apparent. Young criminals who appeared to be North African immigrants took a life in a city that has a problem with knife wielding North African immigrants. Now that two Polish youths have been arrested much has changed -- but not the fact that Brussels has a problem with Muslim youth gangs. And of the 80,000 strong protest march, in which many Muslims participated, I hope the message is not lost. It is still time to get tough on roving criminal gangs. Muslims still need to ostracize the criminal element in their midst. And the perpetrators of this crime still need to spend the rest of their lives in jail.