Questions Raised By Mahatir's Remarks On Jews And Zionism


The following articles from the mainstream press on comments made by Prime Minister Mahatir of Malaysia at a summit of Moslem states, need investigation by Australian nationalists.

Mahatir is known as a critic of Europeans on a racist basis and of Australians in a similar way. He is also a critic of the false universal-capitalist-culture which infects European societies and which is ripping the spirit out of traditional Australia. It may also be that he confuses both factors - and doesn't care.

In the present statements Mahatir has criticised Zionism and has demanded united resistance by Moslems against perceived international Jewish machinations. Not surprisingly, this has caused a storm in liberal Australia. When recently, the boss of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Dennis Richardson, said that Moslem militants opposed us because we are seen as a conspiracy of Christians and Jews, "for being who we are", he stated the logic of the Australian ruling class.

Australian nationalists demand independence for Australia. And to get this independence our country must break with the American system and with Zionism. Moslem countries, let alone terrorist fanatics, do not become allies because they oppose our enemies. But we wonder indeed if our true national policy of 'live and let live', with our national identity and independence guaranteed, if finally invoked by an Australian nationalist government, would not be perceived by the Moslem world as reason to leave us out of their 'equations'??

Jews rule world, Malaysian PM tells Islamic summit - Controversial politician known for anti-Western stands.

ROHAN SULLIVAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told a summit of Islamic leaders today that "Jews rule the world by proxy" and the world's 1.3 billion Muslims should unite, using non-violent means for a "final victory."

His speech at the Organization of the Islamic Conference summit, which he was hosting, drew criticism from Jewish leaders, who warned it could spark more violence against Jews despite Mahathir's call for peaceful change. Mahathir - known for his outspoken, anti-western rhetoric - criticized what he described as Jewish domination of the world and Muslim inability to adequately respond to it.

"The Europeans killed six million Jews out of 12 million, but today the Jews rule the world by proxy," Mahathir said in opening the meeting of Islamic leaders from 57 countries. "They get others to fight and die for them."

"We are up against a people who think. They survived 2000 years of pogroms not by hitting back but by thinking. They invented Socialism, Communism, human rights and democracy ... so that they can enjoy equal rights with others. With these they have now gained control of the most powerful countries and they, this tiny community, have become a world power." Malaysia, a democratic country that has a large non-Muslim population and does not enforce strict Islamic law, has long been a critic of Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and of U.S. policy in the Middle East, including the war in Iraq and Washington's strong backing of the Jewish state.

"For well over half a century, we have fought over Palestine," the Malaysian leader said. "What have we achieved? Nothing. We are worse off than before. If we had paused to think, then we could have devised a plan, a strategy that can win us final victory."

He told the audience of sheiks, emirs, kings and presidents that Muslims had the world's richest civilization during Europe's Dark Ages, but disputes over dogma - instead of embracing technology and science - had left them weak and divided.

"Because we are discouraged from learning of science and mathematics as giving us no merit for the afterlife, today we have no capacity to produce our own weapons for our defence. We have to buy our weapons from our detractors and enemies."

"Today we, the whole Muslim ummah (community) is treated with contempt and dishonour. Our religion is denigrated. Our holy places descecrated.

Still, he said, the leaders must realize that not all non-Muslims are against them.

"Some are well-disposed toward us. Some even see our enemies as their enemies. Even among the Jews there are many who do not approve of what the Israelis are doing."

Calling for an end to terror attacks, Mahathir questioned those who "ask our young people to blow themselves up and kill people and invite the massacre of more of our own people."

"We must not antagonize everyone. We must win their hearts and minds. ... We must not strengthen the enemy by pushing everyone into their camps through irresponsible and un-Islamic acts."

The leaders gave Mahathir a standing ovation afterward. "I think it was a shrewd and very deep assessment of the situation," said Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher, without commenting on the remarks about Jews.

"I think he elaborated a program of action that is wide and very important. I hope the Islamic countries will be able to follow this very important road map."

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Jonathan Peled expressed disappointment in the remarks but said he wasn't surprised.

"It is not new that in such forums there is always an attempt to reach the lowest common denominator, which is Israel bashing," he said in Jerusalem. "But obviously we'd like to see more moderate and responsible kind of declarations coming out of such summits."

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, saw the speech as worrisome.

"Mahathir's speech today is an absolute invitation for more hate crimes and terrorism against Jews," he said.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, while also not addressing Mahathir's comments on the Jews, said he supported his analysis, which also included steps for how Muslim states can develop economically and socially. "It is great to hear Prime Minister Mahathir speak so eloquently on the problems of the ummah and ways to remedy them," Karzai said. ``His speech was an eye-opener to a lot of us and that is what the Islamic world should do."

The summit is the first since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and comes at a time when many Muslims - even U.S. allies - feel the war on terrorism has become a war against them.

Leaders at the summit included Jordan's King Abullah, Syrian President Bashar Assad, Morocco's King Mohammed, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo are attending as special observers because of their large Muslim minorities.

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Malaysian prime minister refuses to back down from speech in which he said Jews rule the world

Mahathir said Westerners such as the Rev. Jerry Falwell receive little fallout for labeling the Prophet Muhammed a "terrorist," while statements about Israel's actions against Palestinians draw immediate charges of anti-Semitism.

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad refused to apologize Friday for a speech in which he said Jews ruled the world, accusing the West of a double standard in criticizing Muslims and Jews.
Defending himself against international condemnation, Mahathir gave a news conference a day after addressing the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference, the world's largest Muslim group.

In the speech, he said that "Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them."

The statement drew immediate criticism from Israel, the United States and other countries, and raised fears that it could fan violence against Jews. But it got a standing ovation from the kings, presidents, sheiks and emirs -- including key U.S. allies -- gathered in Malaysia's capital, Putrajaya.

On Friday, Mahathir said Westerners such as the Rev. Jerry Falwell receive little fallout for labeling the Prophet Muhammed a "terrorist," while statements about Israel's actions against Palestinians draw immediate charges of anti-Semitism.

Falwell, a conservative Baptist minister, outraged Muslims by saying in an interview last year with CBS' "60 Minutes" that he had concluded Muhammad "was a terrorist."

"Are we not allowed at all to criticize the Jews if they do things which are wrong?" Mahathir asked. "If Muslims can be accused of being terrorists, then others can accuse the Jews of being terrorists also." Mahathir, 77, a senior statesmen in the developing world who will retire Oct. 31 after 22 years in office, has long been an outspoken leader. He is a staunch advocate of the Palestinians and strongly opposed the war in Iraq, but also has jailed terror suspects from the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah group.

In his news conference, Mahathir accused "most" European leaders -- by which he also generally means Americans and Australians -- of being biased.

"The fact is that they are biased," Mahathir said. "Most of them are biased. Not all; most of them. And they feel that while it is proper to criticize Muslims and Arabs, it is not proper to criticize Europeans and Jews. Apparently, they think they are privileged people."

Mahathir said the thrust of his speech had been to urge Muslims to step back from violence, rethink their strategies, and find a peaceful way through acquiring knowledge to gain strength and unity so they would gain respect and their rights.

"What I said in my speech is that we should stop all this violence, all these killings, all these suicide bombings, all this massive retaliation," Mahathir said. "I am against violence, I am against terrorism."

He also said that remarks earlier Friday by his foreign minister, Syed Hamid Albar that expressed regret over misunderstandings if any offense occurred did not amount to an apology.

Syed Hamid had told The Associated Press: "I'm sorry that they have misunderstood the whole thing. The intention is not to create controversy. His intention is to show that if you ponder and sit down to think, you can be very powerful."

In his speech, Mahathir had said Muslims had achieved "nothing" in more than 50 years of fighting Israel.

"They survived 2,000 years of pogroms not by hitting back but by thinking," Mahathir said of the Jews. "They invented socialism, communism, human rights and democracy so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong, so that they can enjoy equal rights with others." Mahathir said the world's 1.3 billion Muslims "cannot be defeated by a few million Jews."

In Washington, State Department spokesman Adam Ereli called Mahatir's remarks offensive and inflammatory.

Israel's Foreign Ministry said it was "a desecration of the memory of 6 million victims of anti-Semitism."

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, said Mahathir's speech "is an absolute invitation for more hate crimes and terrorism against Jews. That's serious."

In their reactions to the speech, most of the leaders at the summit focused on the aspects that Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher called "a good road map" toward Muslim empowerment.

Asked by the AP whether he thought the speech was anti-Semitic, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said: "I don't think so."


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