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Malaysian PM Defends Barring Israelis, Denies Being Anti-Semitic

TEL AVIV – Malaysia’s prime minister said his country has a “right” to deny entry to Israelis and that it was “unfair to label him as anti-Semitic” due to his anti-Semitic remarks, which have included calling Jews “hook-nosed” and claiming they have an obsession with money. 

Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad gestures as he speaks to reporters during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People (GHOP) in Beijing, China, 20 August 2018.(Photo by How Hwee Young - Pool/Getty Images)