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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."
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the editors of this newspaper did not get the memo about the Arab
Spring, inspired largely by Muslims across North Africa, The Middle
East, Gulf States and beyond demanding more freedom and democracy. It
isn't World Jewry who are driving members of minorities to the streets,
but the growing desire by minorities to have equal rights and
opportunities," Cooper added.
"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", he concluded.
Malaysian government-backed newspaper also said in the editorial that foreign
Jewish groups will try to use a current push for reform to interfere in
"At a time when the drumbeats in the
name of human rights are getting boisterous, it will give the best
opportunity for pro-Jewish groups to interfere in any Muslim countries...the
success and prosperity of Malaysia as a model Islamic nation has
created jealousy to a certain country and this is made worse by
Malaysia’s firm stand in fighting against violence by the Jews in
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"We probably think that this is a misplaced concern, but we must not
forget the fate of certain countries which have been victims of the
hidden hands," it concludes.
The editorial does not provide evidence of a Jewish plot.
Malaysia has no diplomatic ties with Israel and supports the Palestinian cause.
Some 20,000 people marched in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on July 9 demanding electoral reform.
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