The Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the growing phenomenon of Islamophobia in Europe by anti-Muslim extremists, most recently the burning of copies of the Holy Quran in Sweden and the Netherlands.
In a statement, the State Department denounced Western governments’ disregard for the increasing burning of a copy of the Holy Quran by extremists such as the leader of the anti-Islam movement “PEGIDA” in the Netherlands and Edwin Wagensveld who burned a copy of the Quran in front of the Dutch Parliament in the capital The Hague under the watchful eyes of the Dutch police, who did not lift a finger to prevent him while committing this heinous crime.
These practices were considered a hate crime whose repercussions will affect the security and stability of Western countries and provocative incitement to more than two billion Muslims in various continents of the world, as a result of the continued spread of populist rhetoric in Europe based on hate based on belief, race or religion.
It warned of the consequences of those provocations on the relations of those countries with the Islamic world. Pointed out that populist discourse is one of the forms of violence and terrorism that Western countries claim to fight in their literature and laws in front of the world, on the other hand, it stands idly by with regard to Islam and Muslims.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs again called on Western governments to take urgent measures to investigate these heinous crimes and hold accountable those responsible from extremist groups, as what is happening has nothing to do with freedom of opinion and expression and freedom of belief that Western countries repeat daily.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs concluded its statement by stressing the importance of governments, intergovernmental and regional organizations and institutions, and non-governmental organizations and institutions fulfilling their responsibilities in respecting sanctities and religious feelings take deterrent measures against the planners and perpetrators of acts of violence and incitement against religions as they destabilize social peace and spread hatred among peoples, and adopt a binding resolution criminalizing all forms of hatred and extremism and holding the perpetrators accountable.
Source: Yemen News Agency