It’s a piece of news that’s too absurd to make the news – but by ignoring it we actually miss a good illustration of the bizarre extremes to which Jew-haters will go. So here we go: “Tribunal Issues Landmark Verdict against Israel for Genocide” reads the happy headline of an article posted at the website of the “Centre for Research on Globalization,” which, for good reason, has been described as “a Canadian clubhouse for crackpots of the anti-war, 911-truth, anti-imperialist and anti-Zionist variety.”
As it happens, the founder of this outfit, a certain Michel Chossudovsky, is also a member of the “Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC)” that apparently initiated the bizarre proceedings against the State of Israel. Naturally, Chossudovsky, a retired professor of economics, complained on his website that this “important judicial process has received very little coverage in the Western media,” but – needless to say – he vowed to make up for this inexcusable neglect by providing extensive coverage of “this historic judgment against the State of Israel.”
In case you are like me and have never heard of the “Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC)” and its “tribunal,” a quick check at Wikepedia tells us that this is “a Malaysian organisation established in 2007 by Mahathir Mohamad to investigate war crimes…as an alternative to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which Mahathir accused of bias in its selection of cases.” Among those tried and duly convicted by the “tribunal” are of course George W. Bush and Tony Blair…
Mahathir Mohamad, the founder of this kangaroo court, was Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003. In October 2003, shortly before he stepped down as prime minister, he attracted international attention with a speech at a summit for the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), where he told his audience that while Muslims “have the biggest oil reserve in the world,” “have great wealth” and “control 57 out of the 180 countries in the world,” they “will forever be oppressed and dominated by the Europeans and the Jews.” Indeed, according to Mahathir, “today the Jews rule the world by proxy.”
It seems that Mahathir had developed similar “insights’’ for decades, and he continued to occasionally share his views about the Jews. Addressing a London “Forum on Gaza Genocide” in March 2009, Mahathir urged his audience to remember “that as a country with one people (Jews) the trouble that it has caused is horrendous. Ever since the country with one people was created there has been endless violence, conflicts and wars including the destruction of the World Trade Centre in New York and the acts of terrorism.”
Mahathir expressed similar ideas when he addressed a “Conference for the Support of Al-Quds” in January 2010, where he reportedly said:
“The Jews had always been a problem in European countries. They had to be confined to ghettoes and periodically massacred. But still they remained, they thrived and they held whole governments to ransom.
Even after their massacre by the Nazis of Germany, they survived to continue to be a source of even greater problems for the world. The Holocaust failed as a final solution.”
Some two years later, Mahathir wrote in response to the Israeli court decision on the accidental death of the pro-Palestinian American activist Rachel Corrie:
“I am glad to be labeled antisemitic […] 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.”
One could only wish that all the people who share Mahathir’s views would be equally glad to acknowledge that they indeed hold antisemitic views.
Given Mahathir’s longstanding views on the Jews and their state, it was obviously all but inevitable that his “War Crimes Commission” would sooner or later get around to finding Israel guilty of all the worst atrocities. While Mahathir’s fellow- KLWCC member Chossudovsky complained that “this historic judgment against the State of Israel” didn’t get the media coverage it deserved, it actually got some well-deserved coverage on RT, a Russian-sponsored “news” network that apparently has long worked closely with Chossudovsky’s outfit.
In a lengthy and somewhat incoherent RT-article, Nadezhda Kevorkova tries to explain “Why the Kuala Lumpur Tribunal’s genocide verdict against Israel sets a key precedent.” After offering a long medley of rather confused observations, Kevorkova concludes her piece with a few true gems:
“The fact that the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal condemned Israel is hardly surprising – Malaysia actively supports the Palestinians. In early 2013 the Malaysian prime minister visited the Gaza Strip – there aren’t many political leaders who can afford to make such a provocative step.
Malaysian Islam is similar to that of the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization that suffered such a crushing political defeat in Egypt. Malaysia’s ex-leader, Mahathir Mohamad, is a very influential figure in the Muslim world, especially among Muslim Brotherhood supporters, specifically in the part of the Muslim establishment that’s close to Britain.
Malaysia is even more determined to get revenge for the damage the Muslim Brotherhood sustained than Turkey, so this influential political faction dealt their opponents a glancing, but painful blow. It’s the first time an international tribunal convicted not individual generals, but the State of Israel of genocide. Israel’s main weapon has been turned against it.”
Mhm, so Malaysia wanted “revenge for the damage the Muslim Brotherhood sustained” and therefore “convicted… the State of Israel of genocide.” Well, if they say so on RT, who are we to disagree???
And another gem courtesy of Kevorkova:
“most of the Israel’s supporters wanted to believe that almost three years of revolutions in the Arab world and two years of fighting in Syria have pushed the Palestinian issue to the sidelines. Israel rejoiced that the focus shifted from the Palestinian issue, which united everyone, to the Syrian conflict, which became a bone of contention for the entire world.
Contrary to Israel’s expectations of two months ago, the Tribunal is not trying Assad for crimes against the Syrian people. Instead, it is trying Israel for genocide of the Palestinians. All of a sudden, Israel has lost its momentum. The Palestinians are back in the political spotlight, and the trap designed to lure Assad has turned into a trap for Israel.
Last but not least, many pundits rushed to argue that both the rise to power of the Muslim Brotherhood and their fall is all the doing of the US. The veteran commentators would say that those who are to blame for the toppling of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt will not go unpunished by the US and UK. The Israeli agents had put too much effort into cajoling major governments to support the Sisi-led coup to oust Mubarak and ignore the 3,000 deaths caused by the junta and the lies of the world media about the Muslim Brotherhood allegedly burning down the Coptic churches. Encouraged by the UK and Obama, full of arrogance and reluctance to reach any kind of compromise, Israel paved its own way to the genocide verdict.”
Admittedly, none of this makes much sense – but then, Jew-haters rarely do…. Indeed, as the story outlined here illustrates, some of them seem to feel that since the “Holocaust failed as a final solution,” Israel – as the collective Jew of today – must be condemned for “genocide.”
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First published at my JPost blog on December 5, 2013.