The former prime minister’s claim that Muslims have the right to commit genocide against the French has been removed by Twitter
Mahathir Mohamad, a man who served as Malaysia’s prime minister up until March of this year, said on Twitter Thursday that “Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.”
The former Malaysian prime minister’s call for genocide against the French people came just hours after a knife-wielding attacker yelling “Allahu Akbar” beheaded one woman and killed two others at Notre Dame basilica in Nice.
A screenshot of the post, which has been removed from Twitter for violating its rules, has been preserved.
Although the offending post has been removed, Mohmad’s Twitter account remains active, and he has not been banned from the platform despite the comments.
Also in his Twitter rant, the 95-year-old Mohmad, a self-proclaimed anti-Semite who, in the past, has made several incendiary comments about the Jews, called French President Emmanuel Macron “primitive”, bashed Western culture, and claimed that Muslims “have a right to punish the French”.
On the heels of the beheading of Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old French history teacher, by an 18-year-old Islamic extremist from Chechnya early this month, President Macron issued a declaration of war against radical Islam.
“What we must attack is Islamist separatism,” Macron said.
At the slain teacher’s funeral, Macron said: “Samuel Paty… became the face of the Republic, of our will to shatter terrorists, to do away with Islamists, to live like a community of free citizens in our country.”
“We will not give up cartoons, drawings, even if others back down,” he added.
Macron’s statements have provoked widespread, seething anger throughout the Muslim world. Islamic leaders around the globe, in near-lockstep with one another, have condemned the French government and its people for refusing to back down from the threats of Islamic terrorists.
Over the weekend, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claimed that Macron requires “mental health treatment” for his viewpoints toward Islam. Macron, who is known for his pro-migration policies, has deployed harsh rhetoric towards the Islamic community in France with an eye to his reelection chances in 2022, where National Rally leader Marine Le Pen is expected to hammer Macron over his weak security policies.