Posted: October 24, 2003
Speaking at the Organization of the Islamic Conference on October 16, 2003, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia told the assembly of leaders of 57 nations that Jews “rule the world by proxy” and “get others to fight and die for them.” He called for a “final victory” by the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims, who, he said “cannot be defeated by a few million Jews."|
Muslim and Arab Reaction
"Mahatir said that the Jews are ruling the world by proxy, meaning that they are pushing others to fight so that that will they die instead of them… and for them. This is undoubtedly a real fact."
Samir Ragab, "Separating Lines", Al-Gumhuriyya, October 17, 2003 (Egypt)
Mahatir Muhammad was courageous when he presented honestly and clearly the issue of the relations between Muslims around the world and western countries and compared it with its relations with a few Jewish organizations of great influence in our modern world. The Malaysian PM's sayings about this issue were not based on a theological research or a fanatic religious point of view as it was based on a very accurate and honest, historical political and realistic view".
"Mahatir Muhammad's Speech and the Resolutions of the Islamic Summit"
(Editorial), Al-Ahram, October 19, 2003 (Egypt)
"Mahatir only spoke the truth when he spoke of the power of the Jewish influence over the world. Moreover, he was braver than the others, since what he said publicly is what others in the West are saying secretly and do not dare to say…
The reality is that no one dares to criticize Israel, the Jews or the Zionists because then he will be blamed with 'anti-Semitism'…"
Dr. 'Abed al-Wahed al-Hamid, "A Man Who Dares to Speak",
Ar-Riyadh, October 20, 2003 (Saudi Arabia)
"…This illogical and non-objective call for war (of the EU) confirms the pressure of the Zionist lobby in the USA and Europe in order that it be harmonized with Israel's claims and make it a power free from criticism…"
"Al-Ahram's View (editorial): Not as a Defense of Mahatir Muhammad",
Al-Ahram, October 21, 2003 (Egypt)
'Nowadays, any criticism against the Jews and the Jewish policy is considered anti-Semitic. This proves how far Israel and its allies have succeeded in sanctifying Israel, preventing any side from criticizing it.
"Such a common view proves Muhammad's comment on the extent to which the Jewish global influence has reached."
Fahmi Huwaidi, an Egyptian political analyst,
on Al Jazeera Arabic language satellite network (Qatar)
"Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad urged Muslims to take a common stand on the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation, and against those who rule this world by proxy - meaning Jews. President Jacques Chirac of France sent a letter to the Malaysian Prime Minister, condemning his remarks... Israel accused both of anti-semitism... A pre-made and ready accusation thrown against anyone who says 'No to Israel.'
To accuse a man like Mahathir Mohammad of anti-Israel and anti-Semitism is perhaps a normal Israeli practice... He is a Muslim... But to accuse a great world leader like president Chirac as anti-Semitic is something unimaginable... He was the first French President who accepted to bear the responsibility of the French state about what was called "transferring" French Jews during the World War II.
Second: why did they outraged by Mahathir's remarks about ruling the world by proxy?... Isn't that one who plays the role of the world ruler a "Strategic ally... and the best friend of Israel?"
Syria Times, Opinion, October 21, 2003 (Syria)
"The current row between Israel and France over Mahathir Mohamad's remarks on Jews and their role in ruling the world by proxy is something unusual -- for the French people at least. Their greatly respected President Jacque Chirac was dubbed in Israel as the Face of French Anti-Semitism, and?representative of a France that is miserable and dangerous, contemptible and a collaborator with the most vile of ideas.
The Israeli comments came as a front-page editorial in the Israeli Maariv daily, with an unflattering portrait of the French leader. The Israeli accusations went on to accuse the French people -- or a part of it at least -- of ?burning synagogues, desecrating Jewish cemeteries, persecuting Jews on the street and sullying the French public with severe expressions of anti-Semitic hatred.
As Arabs and Muslims, we are accostomed to such ready and pre-made Israeli accusations. But for the French people, they should have been astonished and shocked. French charge d'affairs in Tel Aviv Michel Miraillet expressed ?consternation and said ?this is a totally gratuitous insult .. and we are surprised by the Israeli way of reaction.
But a little advice may help: Be calm please ... you will hear a lot of such Israeli accusations as long as you call for realizing justice in this world... The accusations against you and against the Malaysian Prime Minister were directed to serve to deflect attention from Israeli acts of aggression against Arabs -- mainly Palestinians. What Mahathir said is no more than a call to ?stop violence against Palestinians and to study the situation with rationality and objectivity. And what is said about this call shows bad faith. These are lying allegations aimed at protecting Israel and deflecting attention from Israel's acts, an Arab foreign minister said as he was returning from Kuala Lumpur after attending the OIC Summit."
Syria Times, opinion by Fouad Mardoud, October 21, 2003 (Syria)