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Norway attacks show rise of Islamophobia: OIC chief

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Norway attacks show rise of Islamophobia: OIC chief

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The anti-Islamic rhetoric of Anders Behring Breivik has put the Norway attacks on the agenda at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation conference in Istanbul.

OIC chief Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu says it proves his warnings about Islamophobia and the rise of the far right were founded.

“The Norway massacres show us hostility against Islam in Europe is not only against Muslims but also a poison that works against its own people,” he told Euronews.

“This is why we say let us cooperate and work against our own fanatics.”

Norway, with a total population of under five million, is home to around 100,000 Muslims and concerns over integration have been on the rise in recent years.