ALGIERS: Switzerland's ban on minarets and the current European debate on national identity are grist to the mill of the Islamist radicals, Algeria's interior minister told public radio Sunday.
The Swiss ban, adopted in a referendum last month, and the debate over European identity, particularly in France, were encouraging extremists and radicals, Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni told Channel Three radio.
These developments were "giving arguments to the extremists", he argued.
"When you give yourself over to commentaries encouraging Islamophobia, you are adding grist to the mill of those who use Islam to justify violent acts, but who are far from representing this religion of tolerance," he said.
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