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OIC opens with call to unite against Jewish 'control' of world (english)
16 Oct 2003
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - The biggest summit of Islamic
leaders in three years opened Thursday with calls
for the world's 1.3 billion Muslims to unite
against "a few million Jews" who allegedly rule
the world by controlling the world's major
powers.
OIC opens with call to unite against Jewish 'control' of world

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - The biggest summit of Islamic
leaders in three years opened Thursday with calls
for the world's 1.3 billion Muslims to unite
against "a few million Jews" who allegedly rule
the world by controlling the world's major
powers.




Malaysian Prime Minister
Mahathir Mohamad said Muslims
for years believed mistakenly
that Islam rejected new
technology and progress. He
urged Muslims worldwide to
ignore teachings by religious
fundamentalists that scientific
studies are somehow
un-Islamic.


"We need guns and rockets, bombs and warplanes,
tanks and warships for our defense," Mahathir
told leaders from 57 nations gathered for a
summit of the Organization of the Islamic
Conference.

"But because we are discouraged from learning of
science and mathematics ... today we have no
capacity to produce our weapons for our
defense," he said.

Malaysia, a moderate, mostly Muslim nation in
Southeast Asia, has long been a longtime critic
of Israel's occupation of Palestinian
territories and of U.S. policy in the Middle
East, including its strong backing of Israel.

Mahathir, chairman of the two-day summit,
launched a blistering attack on what he
described as Jewish domination of the world and
Muslim nations' inability to adequately respond
to it.

"The Europeans killed six million Jews out of 12
million, but today the Jews rule the world by
proxy," Mahathir said. "They get others to
fight and die for them."

"We are up against a people who think. They
survived 2000 years of pogroms not by hitting
back but by thinking," Mahathir said. "They
invented Socialism, Communism, human rights and
democracy so that persecuting them would appear
to be wrong, so that they can enjoy equal
rights with others."

"With these they have now gained control of the
most powerful countries and they, this tiny
community, have become a world power."

Mahathir said that "1.3 billion Muslims cannot
be defeated by a few million Jews. There must
be a way."

He suggested new tactics other than lashing out
violently against "the enemy," including
leveraging the political, economic and
demographic forces at the disposal of Muslim
nations, calling it a "strategic retreat" that
would lead to "final victory."

Other leaders also attacked Israel, making its
treatment of the Palestinians on the occupied
territories a centerpiece of their speeches at
the conference.

"The cause of the Palestinian people will remain
our organization's major concern," Moroccan
King Mohammed VI said.

The OIC meetings are being held in Putrajaya,
the gleaming new administrative capital of
Malaysia, which has used limited oil and
commodity resources to become a major exporter
of high-tech goods and the world's 17th top
trading nation.