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Former Malaysian Leader Says Jews Cause World's Problems

Posted: January 29, 2010

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who has a history of anti-Semitism, made new comments blaming Jews for the world's problems, and specifically accusing the "Jewish Lobby" of preventing the United States from ending the war in Afghanistan.

In a speech January 21 to the Conference for the Support of Al-Quds, Mahathir charged that President Barack Obama has been unable to fulfill his campaign promises of closing the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and ending the war in Afghanistan because, "There are forces in the United States which prevent the president from doing some things."

"One of the forces is the Jewish lobby, AIPAC," he said.

Mahathir continued that Jews, "had always been a problem in European Countries.  They had to be confined to ghettoes and periodically massacred.  But they still remained, they thrived and they held whole governments to ransom.

"Even after their massacre by the Nazis of Germany, they survived to continue to be a source of even greater problems for the world," he continued.

Earlier, Mahathir had written on his blog that he had watched a three-hour video showing the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, and that after seeing the video he believed there was "strong evidence" that the attack was staged and the U.S. could go to war against Muslims.

"If they can make Avatar, they can make anything," he said.

It was the latest in a series of virulently anti-Semitic comments and anti-American conspiracy theories from the former prime minister.

Shortly before he retired as prime minister in October 2003, Mahathir gave a vehemently anti-Semitic speech before the summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, in which he called on Muslims to unite against Jews towards a "final victory," saying that "the Jews rule the world by proxy."

"They have now gained control of the most powerful countries and they, this tiny community, have become a world power.  1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews.  There must be a way," he said in the 2003 speech.

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