The right politician, the leader and founder of the Party for Freedom (PVV), also promised to close all mosques in the Netherlands, which he compared to “Nazi temples” and ban the Koran, if he was voted into power.
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The 53-year-old made the controversial comments during a 40-minute interview with the broadcaster WNL.
He said: “This is a book which even contains more anti-Semitism than Mein Kampf. It is full of calls to violence.
“If there would be any Nazi temples in the Netherlands everyone would be outraged if we would allow it. Islam does not belong in our country.”
Mr Wilders, who has been dubbed the “Dutch Trump”, appears to have marginally softened his view on the Koran as previously he had stated that mere ownership of the holy book should be a crime but now seems to advocate banning it from bookstores and only allowing scholars access to it.
Mr Wilders has gained public awareness with his “the Netherlands is ours again” and an 11-point programme which aims to “de-Islamise” the country and close the borders to immigrants.
This [Quran] is a book which even contains more anti-Semitism than Mein Kampf. It is full of calls to violence
According to the latest polls the People’s Party of Freedom and Democracy (VVD), a liberal party under the current Prime Minister Mark Rutte, are running second.
Even if Mr Wilders wins the election it would appear unlikely he would become Prime Minister as he would need to form a coalition with another party to gain a majority of 75 seats.
This would seem to be unlikely as all the other parties have ruled that they would refuse to form a coalition with the PVV.
He added: “I think I have a very reasonable tone. (We will) close our borders, and no money will be sent abroad anymore. All the money we spend on foreign countries, the billions to Africa, development aid, to Brussels, Greece, to all asylum seekers in the Netherlands.
“That money we will give to the Dutch here in the Netherlands.”
There has already been a backlash against Mr Wilders’ party with the public transport system in Rotterdam banning an anti-Islamic campaign that had been planned to run on trams and buses in the city.
The comments were soundly condemned by Spior, an Islamic organisation that represents 70 mosques and Islamic groups in the Rijnmond area, which covers Rotterdam.
Executive Director Marianne Vorthoren told Express.co.uk: “It’s so sad. He has been saying this for years, To get attention for his views he gets more extreme.
“It’s shocking but we have become numb to it.
“It goes against the values of the country. We have seen more initiatives saying we don’t want those extremes.
“It is scapegoating groups because they are followers of a certain religion. Not what they do but what they believe.”