Iran condemns call for Koran ban

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9 August 2007, AMSTERDAM (dpa) - The Iranian Embassy in The Hague on Thursday condemned a proposal by Dutch politician Geert Wilders of the Freedom Party (PVV) to ban the Koran.

9 August 2007

AMSTERDAM (dpa) - The Iranian Embassy in The Hague on Thursday condemned a proposal by Dutch politician Geert Wilders of the Freedom Party (PVV) to ban the Koran.

With its statement, the Iranian embassy was responding to a letter authored by Wilders that appeared in the Dutch daily newspaper Volkskrant on Wednesday.

Wilders wrote that the Koran was a "fascist" book which incited people to violence.

The legislator of the liberal-rightist party also referred to "fascist Islam, the sick ideology of Allah and Mohammed as laid down in the Islamic Mein Kampf: the Koran."

In its statement, the Iranian embassy called upon Dutch politicians to take a stand against forces threatening to divide society.

"The world needs empathy, dialogue and tolerance," a representative of the embassy told reporters. She also added the statement was not sent to the Dutch government.

[Copyright dpa 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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