Agence France Presse – December 20, 2010
The Simon Wiesenthal Center has publicized a list of top 10 anti-Semitic slurs made in 2010, saying they are evidence of an increased proliferation of anti-Jewish sentiment.
The personalities featured in the list, released on Wednesday, include former UPI Senior White House correspondent Helen Thomas, film director Oliver Stone, former Malaysian prime minister Mahatir Mohammad and Deputy Minister of Information for the Palestinian Authority Al-Mutawakil Taha.
“Our list of top 10 anti-Semitic slurs runs the gamut of well-known personalities including journalists, government officials, celebrities, a prominent film director, and academics,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Los Angeles-based center.
“Unfortunately, our list shows that anti-Semitic canards normally thought to belong to the lunatic fringe have, in fact, been bought into by major elements of Western society,” Hier concluded.
The list is topped by Helen Thomas, who said in May that “Jews should get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else.”
Oliver Stone occupies spot Number 2 for saying that “Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people” during World War II.
In the filmmaker’s view, Russian suffering is ignored because of “the Jewish domination of the media.”
Mahatir Mohammad took third place for saying in January that Jews “had always been a problem in European countries.”
“Even after the massacre by the Nazis of Germany, they survived to continue to be a source of even greater problems for the world,” Mohammad stated.
Rounding out the top four is Palestinian Authority bureaucrat Al-Mutawakil Taha, who said last month that “the Jews have no historical or religious ties to the Temple Mount or the Western Wall” in Jerusalem and that there was “no archaeological evidence that the Temple Mount was built during the period of King Solomon.”