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C. Rice: 'anti-Semitism not emblematic of the Muslim', wrong

Malaysian PM's Anti-Semitic Remarks Got Standing Ovation from Muslim Leaders


NEW YORK- President Bush's National Security Adviser, Condoleeza Rice, is mistaken in her claim that the Malaysian prime minister's anti-Semitic speech was "not emblematic of the Muslim world."

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told the Organization of the Islamic Conference on October 16, 2003, that "The Jews rule the world by proxy: they get others to fight and die for them." His speech "received a standing ovation from Muslim leaders" at the conference. (New York Times, Oct. 21, 2003)

Four days later, Dr. Rice condemned the remarks, but added: "I don't think they are emblematic of the Muslim world." (New York Times, Oct. 21, 2003)

Morton A. Klein, National President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), said: "Hatred of Jews is widespread throughout the Muslim world. It is taught in the schools and preached in the mosques. Cartoons in Muslim newspapers routinely portray Jews in blatantly anti-Semitic terms. In Muslim countries, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the 19th-century forgery claiming to reveal the Jewish plan to conquer the world, is widely distributed, quoted, and believed. I myself have seen huge stacks of copies of the Protocols for sale in Egyptian and Jordanian book stores. It's time for the Bush administration to acknowledge this reality and take active steps to combat it, such as using U.S. leverage to bring about change in Muslim educational systems."

Egypt: In November and December 2002, official Egyptian Government Television broadcast a 40-part series claiming that for the past century, Jews have been trying to take over the world in accordance with the plan described in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Palestinian Authority: The official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida asserted on November 18, 2001: "The purpose of the [Israeli] military policy is to impose this situation on the residents and force them to leave their homes, and this is done in the framework of The Protocols of Zion."

Jordan: Former Jordanian Queen Noor, in her new autobiography Leap of Faith, writes that "Jews...achieved influence and power at the highest levels ... [They] are the CEOs of large American corporations and representatives of the top levels of media and entertainment businesses, financial institutions, legal and medical professions and, increasingly, the highest reaches of government." Former senior Clinton adviser Dick Morris notes: "It's good old-fashioned anti-Semitism, dressed up to sound better.

Instead of 'Shylock,' she speaks of the dominance of Jews over 'financial institutions.' Instead of the Elders of Zion, she speaks of Jews' power over the 'highest reaches of government.' Instead of going after Jews in Hollywood, it's the 'top levels of media and entertainment businesses. Bigotry and prejudice leaps out from each page of the book." (New York Post, May 5, 2003)

Saudi Arabia: A February 2003 study of Saudi Arabian school textbooks, by the American Jewish Committee and the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace, found numerous references to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and other alleged Jewish conspiracies to rule the world, including in such major standard textbooks as Hadith and Islamic Culture and Biography of the Prophet and History of the Muslim State. (For the report, see )

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The Zionist Organization of America, founded in 1897, is the oldest pro-Israel organization in the United States. The ZOA works to strengthen U.S.-Israel relations, educates the American public and Congress about the dangers that Israel faces, and combats anti-Israel bias in the media and on college campuses. Its past presidents have included Supreme Court Justice
Louis Brandeis and Rabbi Dr. Abba Hillel Silver.


IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis