Abbas asks who Geert Wilders is
In an interview, President of the Palestinian territories Mahmud Abbas said he had never heard of Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders. Geert Wilders is well known for his strong pro-Israeli and anti-Islam views. The Palestinian leader appeared surprised when asked about the controversial politician, who was acquitted of five charges of incitement of hatred and discrimination against Muslims recently. He said "Who, who is he?" An explanation that the Freedom Party currently helps the minority government to a majority in parliament did not appear to enlighten him either.
Mr Abbas reacted neutrally saying he respected anyone's views, "Some people are for us, some are against us." he said. "We have to convince them of our cause."
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