News Brief 7/19/2011, Tammuz 17, 5771
Malaysian Media Claims Jewish Plot
A government-linked media outlet in Malaysia has accused “the Jews” of involvement in a campaign to reform electoral laws. The charge, printed in Utusan, was raised as the opposition held one of the country's largest demonstrations in years in favor of reforms.
Malaysians “cannot allow anyone, especially the Jews, to interfere secretly in this country's business,” an editorial stated. “When the drums are pounded hard in the name of human rights, the pro-Jewish people will have their best opportunity to interfere in any Islamic country.”
Opposition activists condemned the editorial as a cheap appeal to prejudice, and Prime Minister Najib Razak issued a statement distancing himself from the accusation.