Daily Israel Report

Former Czech Leader Charged for Calling Islam an Enemy

Former Czech Prime Milos Zeman may face criminal charges for calling Islam an "anti-civilization” enemy whose thinking he compared with the Nazis.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 7/11/2011, 4:26 PM / Last Update: 7/11/2011, 5:45 PM

Former Czech Prime Milos Zeman may face criminal charges for calling Islam an ”anti-civilization” enemy whose type of thinking he compared with the Nazis.

Speaking at an international conference on Europe last month, Zeman stated, “The enemy is the anti-civilization spreading from North Africa to Indonesia. Two billion people live in it and it is financed partly from oil sales and partly from drug sales.”

The former prime minister, who is known for strong statements and insulting speeches, last week compared the manner and strength of Muslim beliefs in the Koran with the followers of Nazism, who he noted believed in racial supremacy and anti-Semitism. He also asserted that Islam is more aggressive and intolerant than other religions.

Zeman was prime minister of the Czech Republic from 1998 until 2002 and transformed a weak Czech Social Democratic Party into one of the country's major parties along with the Civic Democratic Party.

Last month, Dutch legislator Dutch Wilders was acquitted on charges of defaming Muslim immigrants.