‘Islamophobia and anti-semitism are much alike’

The secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said Islamophobia, which has been fueled by the Sept. 11 attacks in the West, is similar to the anti-Semitism movement seen in 1930s. Ihsanoglu said, “I do not think the current situation is good for either the West or for the Islamic world. The two civilizations should cooperate because hostility against the West increases parallel to the rise of Islamophobia.”

Zaman, 30 August 2006