Shameful silence

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There can be no excuse for racism. Just because Islam has been unfairly traduced since 11 September 2001 does not justify its adherents lashing out at those of another religion who are also members of an ethnic group.

None of his fellow leaders of Islamic nations has dissented publicly from the views of the outgoing Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, who said: "The Jews rule this world by proxy." He added that "1.3bn Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews. There must be a way." His comments were anti-Semitic, in other words racist, and should be loudly condemned.