Arab states attending the European Union Arab League meeting in Malta lobbied the Dutch government against a controversial anti-Islam film soon to be released in the Netherlands. The foreign ministers of Syria, Egypt, and Morocco spoke against the film. Dutch far right leader Geert Wilders is behind the short 15-minute film, which according to speculation, denounced the Quran as a fascist book, and claims that the Muslim holy book incites people to commit murder. Political leaders are worried about another flare-up of cross-cultural conflict, similar to those that erupted in 2006 after the Danish publication of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. The Dutch government is reported to be preparing against a possible international backlash and has already instructed its embassies on how to act after the film’s release.
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