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AFP , Saturday 17 May 2014
Geert Wilders
Anti-Islamic lawmaker Geert Wilders printed stickers imitating the Saudi flag, replacing its text, which normally reads "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah" with "Islam is a lie, Muhammad a criminal, the Koran is poison". (photo: Reuters)
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Saudi Arabia is "considering" sanctions against the Netherlands after an anti-Islamic stunt by far-right politician Geert Wilders, the Dutch foreign ministry said on Saturday.

In November, the anti-Islamic lawmaker printed stickers imitating the Saudi flag, replacing its text, which normally reads "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah" with "Islam is a lie, Muhammad a criminal, the Koran is poison".

The Dutch foreign ministry told AFP on Saturday that Saudi Arabia feels "insulted" by Wilders and is considering sanctions.

"We have indications that show that Saudi Arabia is considering commercial measures against the Netherlands," said spokesman Friso Wijnen.

He did not give further details.

The Dutch government distanced itself from Wilders' actions at the time, pointing out that the populist firebrand is not part of the government and his ideas are not representative.

Arab News said on its website that the Saudi authorities had asked that "Dutch businesses no longer be included in local projects" in the country, and to reduce the number of visas issued for Dutch businesspeople.

The website also claimed Riyadh was angry for the lack of action taken against Wilders by the Dutch government.

Saudi authorities could not be immediately reached for comment on the issue.

Wilders' Party for Freedom (PVV) is expected to make gains in European elections at the end of May, and has allied with other far-right parties across the continent, including France's National Front led by Marine Le Pen.

He has previously compared the Koran to Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf, and claimed the religion is fascist.

Attempts to prosecute him for his claims have failed. He was acquitted on charges of inciting hatred in 2011, with judges arguing that his comments were directed against a religion rather than an ethnic group.

There was recent outrage after he promised during local elections in March to ensure "fewer Moroccans" in the Netherlands.

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Raffuk al-Haqq
21-05-2014 11:41am
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It's only a sticker, people!
KSA is probably THE most intolerant place on Earth when it comes to other religions. Figures that they would go over the top and try to sanction another country over a sticker.
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Democracia
17-05-2014 09:12pm
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Strange
Fact is and aproved by historians, that the Quran was one of Hitler's favourite books - and that Mein Kampf on the other hand until today is the 6.th bestselling book in the Arab-Muslim world. Also on the index nearly everywhere in the World, it is available in each and every bookstore for example in Egypt... Strange, or?
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sam
18-05-2014 05:01pm
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truth
it was caliph oman who reopened jerusalem to jews after a 500 yr ban imposed on them by the romans....it was muslim turkey that sent ships to spain to bring jews to turkey after the spainish rulers told them to 'convert leave or die'
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Aladdin, Damanhour, Egypt
17-05-2014 08:53pm
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I Trust your Fairness
Mr. Geert wilder: You are not the only one who misunderstood Islam as majority of Muslims do. I suggest to read some literature written by famous Dutch academicians who later became Muslims for its balanced, moderate approach and its human values and equality for all; especially women. I trust your fair judgement and known Dutch fairness.
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Aladdin, Damanhour
17-05-2014 08:41pm
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Dead Silence
Over years, Muslims and their leaders did not take action to defend merciful Islam and defend it from its hijackers of hardcore criminals. I gave up hope on our religious leaders and still as ordinary Muslim to defen defend Islam from those hijackers. It is Jihad El Nafs.
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Aladdin, Damanhour, Egypt
17-05-2014 07:32pm
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Great Thift of Islam
We as main stream Muslims should stand up and defend Islam from those "Islamists" terrorists. it is Jihad El-Nafs and duty of all Muslims to do this. Enough is enough.
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Aladdin, Damanhour, Egypt
17-05-2014 05:09pm
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Azhar Silence
This madness is the result of terrorists who falsely call themselves "Islamists", the criminal silence of Islamic leaders, and some crazy people who believe the terrorists. WHO WPOLD YOU BLAME? ALL OF THE ABOVE.
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justsayin
18-05-2014 04:43pm
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model
So you would agree that Saudi Arabia who, as self claimed representative of Islam is the worst possible model. I hope the Dutch hold out even if Wilders is not part of the gvt. Freedom to criticize or mock religions is a human right. In fact muslims all over the world do it everyday towards jews and other religions.
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