According to Mahathir Mohamad, prime minister of Malaysia, anti-Semitism is an artificial construct created to silence critics of the Jews.
“There is one race that cannot be criticized,” Mohamad told the Associated Press. “If you are anti-Semitic, it seems almost as if you are a criminal. Anti-Semitic is a term that is invented to prevent people from criticizing the Jews for doing wrong things.”
Mohamad, who was sworn into office in May, nearly two decades after he last held the position, is an avowed anti-Semite. In 2012, he wrote on his personal blog that “Jews rule this world by proxy.” In his 1970 book “The Makay Dilemma,” he wrote that “The Jews are not merely hook-nosed, but understand money instinctively.”
At 92, Mohamad is the world’s oldest elected leader. He told the AP that he doesn’t care about how he will be remembered. “When I am dead, it doesn’t matter anymore,” he said.
Read more on JTA
Like this article?
Sign up for our Shabbat Shalom e-newsletter, a weekly roundup of inspirational thoughts, insight into current events, divrei torah, relationship advice, recipes and so much more!