Monday, August 05, 2013

Anne Bayefsky: UN Accredits NGO Led By Anti-Semitic Former Malaysian PM

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August 5, 2013
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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.”

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.

Mahathir Mohamad
Mahathir Mohamad. Another addition worthy of
the UN. Credit: Wiki Commons
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Accreditation will come with UN perks like the ability to attend and participate in various UN meetings. For instance, when the Palestinians upgraded their status at last year’s General Assembly, the CEIRPP stacked the visitor seats with supporters who dutifully stood up in front of the television cameras and cheered.

Strictly-speaking, the UN rule for accrediting NGOs is adherence to the UN Charter. The Charter preaches "respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.”

Mahathir Mohamad, by contrast, has a long history of being for discrimination on the basis of race and religion.

As far back as September 1986, he 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."

Today, his anti-Semitic (anti-American and anti-Israel) diatribes continue unabated on his "chedet" blog - conveniently available directly from the website of the newly-accredited Perdana Global Peace Foundation.

Here are just a few of his entries:

  • September 14th, 2012: “I am glad to be labelled anti-Semitic. 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 towards not just their enemies but even towards their allies should any try to stop the senseless killing of their Palestinian enemies."

  • October 18, 2012: "the most blatant example of control over public expression is with regard to the protection of the Jews... when [Holocaust denier] David Irving a British historian doubted the 6 million figure, he was arrested and jailed in Austria even though his opinion was not expressed in that country. Since then no one has dared to openly question the veracity of the claim on the number of Jews killed by the Nazis."

  • November 21th, 2012: "Israel is really operating an Auschwitz type of concentration camps as operated by the Nazis for Jews in the last war. Israel tells the world that the Nazis were inhuman. But the Palestinians, the Gazans did not put Jews in concentration camps. Still they are being made to apparently pay for the sins of the Europeans. Humane treatment is only for Jews. If Jews treat the Arabs with the same kind of brutality, it is alright."

  • January 11, 2013: "AIPAC (the Jewish lobby) the most powerful lobby in the U.S..."

Mohamad is also a 9/11 conspiracy theorist - much like the UN's other famous anti-Semite and "human rights expert," Richard Falk.

He penned a 9/11 rant, entitled "9/11 Revisted - Seeking the Truth,” as recently as November 20th, 2012. The entry begins by congratulating the Perdana Global Peace Foundation for "doing the unthinkable. It is going to seek the truth about the destruction of the twin World Trade Centre buildings..." 
He then claims Arabs are inferior and therefore incapable of masterminding 9/11: 
"They are not a disciplined people and this lack of discipline shows everywhere...The attacks on 9/11 involved very complex elements which needed detailed planning, precise timings and disciplined execution."
Mohamad continues, 
"I can imagine trained operatives like those in the CIA or Mossad planning and executing this complex operation but I cannot imagine an Arab like Osama bin Laden planning and directing this sophisticated aerial attack from some remote place in Afghanistan..." 
He then concludes: 
"Find the beneficiaries and I believe you will find the real terrorists."
There is not much doubt why the UN's CEIRPP Committee found the Perdana Global Peace Foundation to be just the kind of group with which it can do business; it's time for American taxpayers to take their business elsewhere.

Anne Bayefsky is director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust. Follow her @AnneBayefsky.

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