Mahathir condemns Jewish impunity

The Malaysian prime minister has condemned the ''double standards'' of those who criticised him for saying Jews rule the world.

    Mahathir Muhammad is due to retire on 31 October

    Mahathir Muhammad said the international community's indignation was in stark contrast to their reaction when the Prophet

    Muhammad was called a ''terrorist''.

    He said on Monday: "Are we not allowed to say that we are angry with the Jews? Are

    the Jews some kind of creature who cannot be condemned in any way?"

    Mahathir, who is due to retire on 31 October, said he knew a lot of Jewish people and was not against

    them.

    European critics 

    "Are we not allowed to say that we are angry with the Jews? Are

    the Jews some kind of creature who cannot be condemned in any way?"

    Mahathir Muhammad,
    Malaysian PM

     

    "I am against those Jews who kill Muslims and the Jews who

    support the killers of Muslims," he said.

    And he added he did not care if the Europeans, who were

    among his major critics, did not like him.

    "I have European friends. But when they do something wrong, I am

    going to tell them that it is wrong.

    "You say that you are not under the influence of the Jews and

    yet when I criticise the Jews, the whole of the European Union wants

    to condemn me.

    Muslim outrage

    "But when somebody condemns the Muslims, calls my Prophet

    a terrorist and all that, did the European Union say

    anything? Which shows that they are under the thumb of the Jews."

    US Christian fundamentalist preacher Jerry Falwell called

    the Prophet Muhammad a "terrorist" in a television interview in September last

    year, sparking outrage in the Muslim world.

    More recently, a United States general has been under fire for

    casting the war on terrorism as a Christian struggle against Satan

    .

    Lieutenant General William Boykin, recalled in a speech how a top Somali

    lieutenant, Usman Otto,

    boasted on CNN he would never be caught because Allah would protect

    him.

    Double standards

    "Well, you know what?" Boykin said. "I knew that

    my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and

    his was an idol."

    "W

    hen I criticise the Jews, the whole of the European Union wants

    to condemn me...

    But when somebody... calls my Prophet

    a terrorist and all that, did the European Union say

    anything? Which shows that they are under the thumb of the Jews"

    Mahathir Muhammad,
    Malaysian PM

     

    Mahathir regularly points to such utterances as proof of double

    standards applied in western countries.

    Asked on Monday why some Muslim leaders did not openly express

    support over his remarks about Jews, Mahathir said

    they were possibly afraid action would be taken against them.

    "They are much weaker than we are. They may have more money but

    they are still dependent upon the Europeans.

    Blackmail

    "Because of that, they are reluctant to make their voices heard

    but privately of course they will support," he said.

    At the weekend, Mahathir said a call by a US-based Jewish lobby

    group for an economic boycott against Malaysia over his remarks may

    hurt economically but the country would not give in to "blackmail".

    The influential Simon Wiesenthal Center last week called on

    investors and tourists to avoid Malaysia after Mahathir branded Jews

    "arrogant" and accused them of controlling the world by proxy.

    SOURCE: AFP


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