The Prime Minister of The Netherlands has distanced himself from a controversial new anti-Islam film, insisting he "rejects" the theme of director GEERT WILDERS' project.
Jan Peter Balkenende has spoken out after Dutch lawmakers gave Wilders permission to screen his violent 15-minute film, warning him he could become the target of protesters.
The film sets verses from Islam's holiest book, The Koran, against the backdrop of terrorist attacks.
Upon hearing that top lawmakers had green-lighted Wilders' plans to screen the film, Prime Minister Balkenende said, "The film equates Islam with violence. We reject this."
The Netherlands was among the European nations targeted by violent protestors in 2006 when Muslims objected to anti-Islam cartoons, which mocked the prophet Muhammad, in local newspapers.