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October 21, 2003
"Jew" comment out of context
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
says his comments about Jews during a
speech at an Islamic summit last week,
which prompted harsh criticism in the
West, had been taken out of
'In my speech I condemned all violence,
even the suicide bombings, and I told the
Muslims it's about time we stopped all
these things and paused to think and do
something that is much more productive.
That was the whole tone of my speech, but
they picked up one sentence where I said
that the Jews control the world,' he told
Bangkok Post in an exclusive
interview yesterday, which covered aspects
of his 22 years as leader of Malaysia, as
well as his straight-forward views on
terrorism, democracy and US policy.
added, however, that 'the reaction of
the world shows that they
[Jews] do control the
During a speech at the Organisation of
Islamic Conference in Malaysia last week,
Dr Mahathir said Jewish people, because of
their ties with the United States, had an
influence in the world which far
outweighed their numbers.
'It cannot be that there is no other
way; 1.3 billion Muslims cannot be
defeated by a few million Jews,' he
The United States, Israel, Australia
and the European Union have accused Dr
Mahathir of anti-Semitism.
Dr Mahathir said the Americans and
Europeans were out to condemn him.
The European Union had done nothing
when Italian Prime Minister Silvio
Burlesconi made a statement calling
'Did the European Union pass a
resolution to say that this was against
Muslims? Why is it that when people
condemn Muslims the European Union does
not try to say anything?'
Dr Mahathir said his comments about
Israel and Jews were true.
'Israel is a
small country. There are not many Jews
in the world. But they are so arrogant
that they defy the whole world. Even if
the United Nations say no, they go
ahead. Why? Because they have the
backing of all these people.'
Dr Mahathir said that in his speech he
urged Israelis and Arabs to stop the
killing and to think, pause and
'I even quoted from the Koran, which
says that when the enemy offers to make
peace you must accept. I told the Muslims
you must accept even if the terms are bad.
You have to negotiate. This is the
teaching of Islam. All that was in my
speech... But those things were blacked
out,' he said.
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