Watch: Malaysian Muslim PM calls Jews ‘hook-nosed,’ responsible for all troubles in the Middle East
Malaysian anti-Semitic Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad described Jews as “hook-nosed” on Tuesday and blamed them for creating the troubles in the Middle East.
Mahathir, who at 93 became the world’s oldest head of government after starting his second stint as prime minister in May, has for decades been known for his anti-Semitism.
“If you are going to be truthful, the problem in the Middle East began with the creation of Israel. That is the truth. But I cannot say that,” he said in an interview on BBC’s Hard Talk.
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Calling Israelis “special,” Mahathir, prime minister of Muslim-majority Malaysia, challenged historical accounts that six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, arguing that the figure was four million.
When asked why he described Jews as “hook-nosed” in his book The Malay Dilemma, he said: “They are hook-nosed. Many people called the Malays fat-nosed. We didn’t object, we didn’t go to war for that.”