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Archive for December 3, 2019

Newsline: Israel barring Malaysian ‘Embassy to Palestine’ because of antisemitism

Israel has refused to grant officials from Malaysia access to Ramallah in light of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s antisemitic statements, The Jerusalem Post has learned. (https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Israel-barring-Malaysian-Embassy-to-Palestine-because-of-antisemitism-609646) As a result, Malaysia opened an “Embassy to Palestine” in Amman. Israel will not allow any Malaysian officials to visit Palestinian Authority offices in the West Bank, a break in policy toward other Muslim countries with which Israel does not have official relations. “Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has led an extremist anti-Israel and antisemitic policy, including prohibiting Israeli athletic delegations from entering his country, not allowing Malaysian citizens into Israel, and hostile declarations with an antisemitic tinge,” said the Foreign Ministry. “Such behavior does not allow for any possibility of a Malaysian foothold in Israeli territory.” Mohamad has called Jews “hook-nosed,” and said that “Jews rule this world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them.” “Jews do a lot of wrong things,” the 93-year-old Malaysian prime minister said in June at Cambridge University, adding that if he could, he would invade Israel. Mohamad has said he is “glad to be labeled antisemitic,” and in a September event at Columbia University in New York asked why people think it’s a problem for him to criticize Jews.

Newsline: Iran’s Embassy In London Denies Ambassador Is A Menace To Journalists

In an official tweet on Monday December 2, the Islamic Republic’s embassy in the U.K. denied that Tehran’s ambassador to London has ever been a menace to any journalist. Earlier on Tuesday November 26, the Paris-based Reporters without Borders (RSF) had described Tehran’s top diplomat in London, Hamid Baeidinejad as the “ambassador of threat.” In a statement released on its official website, RSF had deplored Baeidinejad for his role in relaying the threats of Iranian intelligence organs against Iranian journalists based abroad, especially in Britain and against their families in Iran. “Ever since Hamid Baeidinejad—took over as the Islamic Republic’s ambassador in London, he has been threatening these media and journalists on Twitter,” the statement said. “Accusing journalists of being the “agents and mercenaries of foreign services, paid by the country’s enemies and acting against the national interest,” the statement said. (https://en.radiofarda.com/a/iran-s-embassy-in-london-denies-ambassador-is-a-menace-to-journalists/30303983.html) Referring to the RSF statement, Tehran’s embassy in London twitted, “The allegations against the ambassador of Iran to the U.K. issued by the Reporters Without Borders, and carried by some Western media, are categorically false and rejected. Ambassador Baeidinejad has never threatened anyone, let alone any journalist.”