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  • Fred Cohen
    Mugabe slams Jews, tells whites to leave Zimbabwe September 01 2001 at 01:01PM Harare - President Robert Mugabe has accused Jews of trying to shut down
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 3, 2001
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      Mugabe slams Jews, tells whites to leave Zimbabwe

      September 01 2001 at 01:01PM

      Harare - President Robert Mugabe has accused Jews of trying to shut down
      businesses in Zimbabwe and said it would be "a good thing" if white
      industrialists left, the state-controlled press reported on Saturday.

      "Jews in South Africa, working in cahoots with their colleagues here,
      want our textile and clothing factories to close down. "They want
      Zimbabwe and Bulawayo to remain with warehouses to create business for
      South African firms," he said.

      Mugabe was speaking on Friday at a textile company, owned by a prominent
      Jewish family in the western city of Bulawayo.

      'Open your eyes and tell us which companies are closing'

      It went into liquidation earlier this year and the company attempted to
      relocate to neighbouring Botswana because of harsh business conditions
      in Zimbabwe.

      However, the move was stopped about three months ago when a band of
      so-called war veterans invaded the factory and assaulted directors at a
      board meeting.

      Mugabe drew accusations of anti-Semitism in 1992 when he declared that
      white farmers were "hard-hearted, you would think they were Jews." He
      refused to apologise.

      Mugabe on Friday urged workers at the factory to monitor companies and
      to inform the government of their activities.

      "We want you to be inspectors," he said. "Listen to all factory
      rumours, open your eyes and tell us which companies are closing. Tell
      us in good time.

      "Yes, there are hardships, but if they (whites) leave, it's a good
      thing, because we will take over the companies."

      In an impromptu speech in the city centre, he urged people to back his
      bid to seize white-owned land and declared: "To those of you who support
      whites, we say down with you."

      About 400 businesses closed down in Zimbabwe in the first six months of
      the year, according to official statistics, amid escalating economic
      chaos.
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