Harry de Winter accuses Wilders of racism
Television producer Harry de Winter has accused politician Geert Wilders of racism in a full page advertisement on the front page of the Volkskrant.17 March 2008
AMSTERDAM – Television producer Harry de Winter has accused politician Geert Wilders of racism in a full page advertisement on the front page of the Volkskrant.
"If Wilders had said about Jews (and the Old Testament) what he is now saying about Muslims (and the Koran), he would have been charged and convicted of anti-Semitism long ago," the advertisement reads.
De Winter placed the advertisement also on behalf of Jewish organisation Stichting de Initiatieven en Een Ander Joods Geluid, of which he is one of the founders.
In an interview elsewhere in the newspaper the producer compares Wilders' attitude to Islam with the way in which the Holocaust was incited in the 1930s.
"Wilders argues that the Muslim must be tackled, and that the Koran is a fascist book. That is how the persecution of the Jews once started, by making such generalisations."
De Winter called on Jews to speak out against Wilders. "For me there is no difference between the yarmulke and the headscarf. I hope that we get support from all Jewish circles. Because we more than anyone else can identify with this."
Muslims should not let themselves be tarred with one brush. "The Muslim community must speak out against terrorism more openly."
A survey by pollster Maurice de Hond on Sunday indicated that half of the Dutch do not plan to watch the anti-Koran film Fitna if it appears on the internet.
32 percent say they are eager to see the film, 9 percent want to only see part of it. The rest still are not certain if they will watch it.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]