Source: Yahoo! News
Wire Service: AP
On November 9, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "The Egyptian president marked the holiest night of the Islamic calendar Tuesday, calling for greater tolerance for all religions and saying the world was wrong to equate Arabs and Muslims with terrorism. Hosni Mubarak also said the global spread of terrorism and confusion over what causes it has led many to unfairly blame Arabs and Muslims... Mubarak, speaking to some 300 people, including turbaned Islamic clerics, in a Cairo conference center suggested it was unfair that attacks against Islam and Christianity aren't treated as serious as attacks against Judaism. International sensitivity 'toward the phenomenon of anti-Semitism should be similarly extended to the Islamic and Christian religions,' he said. Muslims, on the other hand, must also respect all religions if they want others not to hurt Islam."