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Friday, October 17, 2003

Malaysian Foreign Minister: No offense intended
Malaysia's foreign minister has apologized for what he described as any misunderstandings over PM Matathir's assertion that Jews "rule the world," saying no offence from the remarks was intended. He said further that it is important to realize that Islam is not anti-Jewish and the problem lies with Israel: "The only problem with Jews is when the State of Israel was created."

It may not be all that important that the outgoing prime minister of Malaysia called the Muslim world to unite for "final victory" or that he asserted "1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews." But as the editors at JewishComment.com point out, what is chilling is that his speech received a standing ovation from the hall filled with Mulim leaders from 56 countries across the world.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, with the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)'s politburo chief Faruq Qaddumi during a meeting on the sidelines of the 10th Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) summit in Putrajaya.(AFP/Bernama)