VIDEO: Malaysian PM Calls Jews ‘Hook-nosed,’ Responsible for Troubles in the Middle East

Mahathir Mohamad then questioned the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust on BBC's 'Hard Talk'



Malaysian PM Calls Jews ‘Hook-nosed,’ Responsible for Troubles in the Middle East

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad described Jews as “hook-nosed” on Tuesday and blamed them for creating the troubles in the Middle East.

Mahathir, who at 93 became the world’s oldest head of government after starting his second stint as prime minister in May, has for decades been accused of anti-Semitism for his attacks against Jews, whom he has accused of perpetrating a humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories.

“If you are going to be truthful, the problem in the Middle East began with the creation of Israel. That is the truth. But I cannot say that,” he said in an interview on BBC’s Hard Talk.

Calling Israelis “special,” Mahathir, prime minister of Muslim-majority Malaysia, challenged historical accounts that six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, arguing that the figure was four million.

When asked why he described Jews as “hook-nosed” in his book “The Malay Dilemma,” he said: “They are hook-nosed. Many people called the Malays fat-nosed. We didn’t object, we didn’t go to war for that.”

The Anti-Defamation League, a U.S.-based organization against anti-Semitism, was not immediately available for comment but called out Mahathir’s “decades-long record of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories” in a tweet in May.

With Mahathir Mohamad again leading Malaysia, we cannot forget his decades-long record of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. The world cannot accept this from any leader.

Last week, when addressing the UN General Assembly in New York, Mahathir said the world “rewards Israel” for breaking international laws and committing acts of terrorism against Palestinians.

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  1. Blimey, amazingly sharp for 93; can’t say the same for the interviewer. To have a focus on a comment in a book in 1970 is a tad off. The religion of ‘political’ correctness’ had not hit in back then.
    It was still acceptable to call a spade a spade. From dictionary .com ‘call a spade a spade, to call something by its real name; be candidly explicit; speak plainly or bluntly’
    These days with ‘spade’ being used a a derogatory term for a person of black skin it is similarly unacceptable.
    I believe they call it progress.

  2. The only time Yeshua got angry. The ONLY time, was when he drove the moneylenders out of the temple. Nor does he have anything nice to say about them… ever. That alone is enough for me.

  3. Agreed, however, let’s upgrade that to the “Trillion Dollar Question”.

    If it’s actually that low……

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