The Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned the editors of Utusan Malaysia, following Monday's editorial in which the newspaper wrote "Muslims and Malaysians should not allow any party,
especially the Jews, to discreetly interfere in the country’s
administration...The Jews will find ways to destroy
our prosperity and well-being."
"When in doubt, 'blame the Jews' is an axiom of all anti-Semites", said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. "Sadly, this tactic was used by former [Malaysian] President Mahathir and is being deployed again to drive a wedge between the citizens of Malaysia, none of whom are Jews."
"We urge responsible political and religious leaders of all faiths and responsible media outlets in Malaysia to condemn the spreading of these hateful lies. The Malaysian and Jewish peoples deserve better", Cooper concluded.