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OIC blasts Islamophobia in Holland
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The foreign ministers of the Organizations of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states meet in Astana, Kazakhstan, 28 June, 2011.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has denounced anti-Islamic acts in the Netherlands, blaming a number of Dutch politicians for supporting Islamophobia.

The foreign ministers of OIC member states issued a statement during a Tuesday meeting in the Kazakh capital, Astana, condemning acts of Islamophobia in the Netherlands.

The communiqué also expressed concern over the hateful and provocative remarks made by a number of Dutch politicians against Islam and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

“Repeated cases of insult to individuals or their beliefs by people, organizations or radical groups, especially when supported by governments, are unacceptable and cause grave concern,” the OIC foreign ministers said.

The document, released during the 38th OIC ministerial conference in Astana, further called for immediate measures to prevent such acts.

Meanwhile, OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has issued a separate statement in which he condemned Dutch rightist lawmaker Geert Wilders for his insulting remarks against Islam, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and his wives.

"Wilders has taken a dangerous path, endangering the peace and harmony of civilizations by spreading hate against Islam and Muslims in his own country as well as in other European countries,” Ihsanoglu said in his statement.

"Insult to Islam and to the honored Prophet of Islam, Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), has reached a stage that can no longer be tolerated under any pretext, including freedom of speech,” he added.

Ihsanoglu called on the Dutch government to take the necessary measures to stop the Islamophobia campaign by Wilders, and expressed concerns over Amsterdam's silence on the issue which he said could endanger the country's relations with the Muslim world.

In June, a court in Amsterdam acquitted Wilders, who had described Islam as "fascist," of all charges of inciting hatred against Muslims.

Wilders, 47, had been charged with five counts of hate speech and discrimination for his anti-Islamic statements on websites, internet forums, and in Dutch newspapers. But the judge of the case said that the remarks were "acceptable within the context of the public debate,” and that they "did not give rise to hatred.”

The right-wing Dutch lawmaker made headlines worldwide in March 2008, after making a controversial anti-Islam movie called Fitna. The 20-minute movie sought to desecrate the Holy Qur'an by trying to establish a link between Muslims' holy book and terrorism.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described Wilders' movie as “offensively anti-Islamic.” The European Parliament also banned the screening of the film, saying it provoked hatred.

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