Entertainment entrepreneur Harry de Winter has taken out a page-wide advert on the front page of Monday’s Volkskrant newspaper accusing MP Geert Wilders of racism.
‘If Wilders said the same about Jews and the Old Testament as he does about Muslims (and the Koran) he would have been long picked up and sentenced for anti-semitism,’ the advert reads.
Wilders, founder of the anti-immigration PVV party, has said repeatedly that Muslims are backward and that the Koran is a fascist book which incites violence and murder.
The advert is signed by the foundation ‘Another Jewish voice’, which De Winter helped found.
In an interview with the paper, De Winter says that Wilders’ approach to Islam is like the build-up of anti-Jewish sentiment before World War II. ‘I see no difference between a skull-cap (worn by Jewish men) and a headscarf,’ De Winter said. ‘I hope we get support from across the Jewish community because they should recognise this like no-one else.’
According to a Maurice de Hond poll published at the weekend, 32% of the Dutch plan to watch Geert Wilders’ 10-minute anti-Koran film in its entirety when it is released on the internet, while 50% say they have no plans to watch any of it.
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