Cambridge Audience Laughs as Malaysian Prime Minister Mocks Jews

20 Jun 2019

Students at Cambridge University laughed as Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad unleashed a stream of anti-Semitic statements.

“I have some Jewish friends, very good friends. They are not like the other Jews, that’s why they are my friends,” Mohamad said when asked about some of his previous anti-Semitic comments. Mohamad also said he was entitled to freedom of speech in order to speak “against the Jews.”

Daniel Kosky of the Union of Jewish Students told the Jewish Chronicle that “[i]t is chilling to see a crowd of students laugh off flagrantly anti-Semitic comments. Freedom of expression is not a joke when it incites hatred against one people.”

The Cambridge Union said in a statement that those who laughed were part of Mohamad’s delegation and not students.

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