The UN welcomes yet another antisemite to its roster

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“I am glad to be labelled antisemitic”  

Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, seen above, was the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia. He held the post for 22 years from 1981 to 2003, making him Malaysia’s longest serving Prime Minister. 

Anne Bayefsky of Human Rights Watch announced yesterday that, “The UN has awarded official accreditation to an NGO headed by the antisemitic former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. As its founder and President, Mohamad calls his personal project the ‘Perdana Global Peace Foundation.'”

Bayesfsky added, “Apparently, the title’s reference to the word ‘peace’ was enough to win over the members of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP). That’s the committee formed back in 1975 to implement the Zionism-is-racism resolution and still going strong.”

Bayefsky says, “As far back as September 1986, he [Mahathir Mohamad] gave a speech at a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement, in which he stated: “the expulsion of Jews from the Holy Land 2,000 years ago and the Nazi oppression of Jews have taught them nothing. If anything at all, it has transformed the Jews into the very monsters that they condemn so roundly in their propaganda material. They have been apt pupils of the late Dr. Goebbels.”

In September, 2012 Mahathir Mohamad said: “I am glad to be labelled antisemitic. How can I be otherwise when the Jews who so often talk of the horrors they suffered during the Holocaust show the same Nazi cruelty and hard-heartedness…”

Mahathir Mohamad follows a slew of individuals including: 

Richard A. Falk the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights for the Palestinian territories. U.N. Watch called for him to resign, accusing him of antisemitism. The United States followed suit, pushing him to resign, AP reported.

Former Vice President of Iran, Mohammad-Reza Rahimi, who “delivered a baldly antisemitic speech at a 2012 UN sponsored international anti-drug conference, saying that the Talmud, a central text of Judaism, was responsible for the spread of illegal drugs around the world.”

The prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in February 2013, “under the crystal chandeliers of Vienna’s ornate Hofberg Palace, delivered a speech in which he called Zionism ‘a crime against humanity’ — equating it with fascism, and, for good measure, Islamophobia and antisemitism. Following his remarks, Erdogan was thanked, and applauded. The occasion was a February 27–28 meeting of an outfit called the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.”

Antisemitic comments are not only the prerogative of senior NGOs, politicians and UN diplomats. In 2006, the World Jewish Congress reported: “”United Nations officials are investigating a recent spate of antisemitic incidents against staff, including the scrawling of Nazi swastikas in a log book intended to upset an Israeli security officer. “These unfortunate incidents are well-known to us and are being investigated internally,” a UN spokesman told the “New York Sun” newspaper. He confirmed that an Israeli national who works for the UN’s security force came across swastikas drawn by a fellow guard in an official book both men they shared, and that following the incident there were two cases in which guards performed a Nazi salute. “The drawing of a swastika represents hate and antisemitism, and it is specifically reprehensible in a year that the General Assembly for the first time passed a resolution on the Holocaust,” Israel’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Carmon, told the “New York Sun. “It is also important to look at the way the internal UN system handled the case, and we expect that it will find the correct way to deal with it.” The newspaper also reports of a separate incident at the UN in Vienna in which a female employee was assaulted.””

(Photo credit: malaysiandigest.com)

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