| ||The far-right Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, has said he is forming an international 'freedom alliance' to spread his message to Britain in a bid to ban immigration from Muslim countries. |
From the Guardian:
'Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom party, told the Associated Press that he would launch the movement late this year, initially in five countries: the US, Canada, Britain, France and Germany.
'"The message, 'stop Islam, defend freedom', is a message that's not only important for the Netherlands but for the whole free Western world," Wilders said at the Dutch parliament.
'Among the group's aims will be outlawing immigration from Islamic countries to the west and a ban on Islamic sharia law. Starting as a grassroots movement, he hopes it eventually will produce its own lawmakers or influence other legislators.'
Wilders, who came third in the Dutch national election last month, has consistently described Islam as a 'fascist' and 'retarded' religion. He has also called for the Quran to be banned in the Netherlands, likening it to Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf. Wilders is due to stand trial later this year on hate speech charges borne out of his short internet film 'Fitna.'
Equally preposterous are Wilder’s views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He believes that 'Jordan should be renamed Palestine' and that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be solved by finding Palestinians an ‘alternate homeland’ – an argument riddled with flaws.
As Lamis Andoni notes:
‘If Jordan was the original home of the Palestinian people, Israel would not have had to demolish around 450 Palestinian villages or to devise policies to expel the Palestinian population.
‘Moreover, there was already a community with its own traditions, costumes and dialect specific to the east of Jordan before the establishment of Israel.
‘Furthermore, the whole principle of evicting a population, erasing their villages, and bringing in settlers so as to change an area's demographics is simply immoral and illegal under international law.’
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