Malaysian prime minister defends his right to be anti-Semitic

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia speaks at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, May 10, 2018. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia speaks at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, May 10, 2018. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia speaks at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, May 10, 2018. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Anti-Semitism is an artificial construct created to silence critics of the Jews, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said.

“There is one race that cannot be criticized. If you are anti-Semitic, it seems almost as if you are a criminal,” Mohamad said in an interview with the Associated Press on Monday, denying that he disliked Jews, as such. “Anti-Semitic is a term that is invented to prevent people from criticizing the Jews for doing wrong things.” [Read more…]

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Netanyahu reprimands Corbyn for honouring terrorists; Corbyn then accuses Israel of killing ‘dozens of children’

British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking at the National Transport Design Centre in Coventry, England, Feb. 26, 2018. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)
British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking at the National Transport Design Centre in Coventry, England, Feb. 26, 2018. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking at the National Transport Design Centre in Coventry, England, Feb. 26, 2018. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

(JTA) – British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn issued a scathing critique of Israel after being publicly reprimanded by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his apparent participation in a commemoration ceremony in memory of members of the Black September terrorist organization who took part in the 1972 massacre of 11 Israelis during the Munich Olympics.

Pictures of the event, which seemed to show Corbyn laying a wreath near the terrorists’ graves in a Tunisian cemetery four years ago, were published in the Daily Mail last Friday and immediately led to a political firestorm. [Read more…]

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Paper claims photos show Jeremy Corbyn honouring Munich massacre terrorists

Jeremy Corbyn at a Labour event in Stretford, England, March 22, 2018. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Jeremy Corbyn at a Labour event in Stretford, England, March 22, 2018. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A newspaper published photos of British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn holding a wreath in a Tunisian cemetery, saying it was near the graves of Black September terrorists who in 1972 killed 11 Israeli athletes during the Munich Olympics.

The pictures published in the Daily Mail on Friday were reportedly taken in 2014. Corbyn, a far-left politician, was elected in 2015 to lead Britain’s Labour party amid allegations that he is encouraging anti-Semitism in its ranks. [Read more…]

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Russian court forces ice cream maker to drop ‘poor Jew’ label

(JTA) – A court ordered an ice cream factory in Russia to change its “poor Jew” brand because it is offensive.

The Naberezhnye Chelny city court ruled against the Slavitsa company earlier this week, the news site Chelny-Biz reported Wednesday. The regional prosecutor, Alexander Evgrafov, had launched proceedings against the factory for discriminatory speech in March following protests by the local Jewish community. [Read more…]

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Palestinian jailed for assaulting Jew wearing kippah in Switzerland

(JTA) – A Palestinian man who assaulted a Jewish man wearing a kippah on a train in Switzerland was sentenced to four months in prison for assault, but was not convicted of a hate crime.

The assault occurred in February aboard a train near Lausanne, the German-language 20 Minuten news website reported Monday. It had not been reported in major Swiss media prior to this week. [Read more…]

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How Holocaust experts want to help Mark Zuckerberg solve Facebook’s denial dilemma

Mark Zuckerberg at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, July 14, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Mark Zuckerberg at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, July 14, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Holocaust experts want to meet with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the social network’s unwillingness to automatically remove anti-Semitic and Holocaust denial material.

The heads of organizations and experts involved in Holocaust and genocide education offered to meet with Zuckerberg and help raise Holocaust awareness within the Facebook community. [Read more…]

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Florida adds hate crimes charge against man who threatened to ‘kill all the Jews’ in his condo

(JTA) – The Florida state attorney upgraded charges against a Miami Beach man who planned to burn down his condo building and “kill all the Jews” who live there to include a hate crime enhancement.

Walter Stolper, 72, was charged Thursday with attempted first-degree murder, arson and possession of a destructive device, as well as with a hate crime, Local 10 News, an ABC affiliate, reported. [Read more…]

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Jeremy Corbyn again acknowledges anti-Semitism in Labour Party, this time in a video

Jeremy Corbyn at a Labour event in Stretford, England, March 22, 2018. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Jeremy Corbyn at a Labour event in Stretford, England, March 22, 2018. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

(JTA) – British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn acknowledged that anti-Semitism has surfaced in the party and sincerely apologized for “the hurt that has been caused to many Jewish people.”

Corbyn made the statements in a three-minute video posted on social media on Sunday. [Read more…]

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