CAIRO - Seeking to increase his parliamentary share, far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders said Thursday, December 27, that anti-Islam policy will be his top priority in the new year.
"Next to all things about Europe and the economic situation the people will hear from our resistance against the Islamization of the Netherlands," Wilders told Dutch TV channel NOS in an interview.
Wilders, the leader of the far-right Freedom Party, said the new year will see his party intensifying his anti-Islam campaign both in the Netherlands and abroad.
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"I will intensify this battle, both in the Netherlands, but also internationally from Australia to America to Switzerland, or anywhere else.
Wilders is notorious for his rants against Islam and Muslims.
Since storming onto the political scene in 2004, Wilders has influenced Dutch immigration policy and set the tone of public debate, whether on Muslims and burqas or bailouts and the euro, in what once would have been regarded as politically incorrect language.
He has called for banning the Noble Qur'an, describing the Muslim holy book as fascist.
In 2008, Wilders released a 15-minute documentary accusing the Qur'an of inciting violence.
Wilders' anti-Islam message has helped his party becoming the third biggest party in the Netherland after winning 24 seats in the Dutch parliament in 2010.
The anti-Islam lawmaker, however, caused the collapse of the government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte in April 2012 over a dispute on austerity measures.
Ahead of the September election, Wilders downplayed his party's platform against Islam to focus on criticizing the European Union.But the new strategy has failed to lure voters, resulting in granting Wilders' party only 15 seats in parliament.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net