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Hon. Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party (PVV) in the Netherlands
The Dutch Ambassador to Egypt, Susan Blankhart was called to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, today, to protest ‘defamation of Islam’ in a new book by the Hon. Geert Wilders. Wilders’ book is scheduled to be released here in the US, next April. The Egyptians were likely using this opportunity as a media event. We note that this occurred while our State Department’s conference on The Istanbul Process Combating Intolerance conference was taking place in DC. With representatives from member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the EU, the OSCE, gathered in Washington why miss an opportunity to stifle any criticism of Islam and deny Free Speech? After all this plenary session in DC is developing ‘best practices’ to rein in religious intolerance. How Orwellian of them.
Egyptian Human Rights blogger, Mahmoud Elsokby posted the Al Ahram report about this most recent example of intolerance by Egypt in the throes of electing a majority Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist parliament, “Egypt Summons Dutch Ambassador over anti-Islamic remarks”.
Egypt’s foreign ministry Wednesday summoned Dutch Ambassador Susan Blankhart to protest against what it perceives to be a defamation of Islam by parliament member Geert Wilders.
According to Dutch reports, Wilders is set to release a book in April next year to “examine the true nature of Islam.”
The right-wing politician is no stranger to controversy, having released numerous statements that were deemed defamatory to Islam by the Arab and Muslim world.
His statements include accusing Islam of being violent by nature and saying that the Quran should be banned.
According to Egyptian diplomatic sources, the foreign ministry insisted it could not tolerate “such unacceptable acts that could affect the spirit of cooperation, which should prevail between countries.”
In June, a Dutch court cleared Wilders of inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims.
Egyptian authorities have recently banned him from entering the country during a visit of a European Parliament delegation.
However, the Al Ahram report had an error. According to the Freedom Party (PVV) headquarters in the Netherlands: