PUTRAJAYA, May 22 (Bernama) - - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said standing up for Palestine is a moral obligation and Malaysia will continue to condemn Israel for its aggression and cruelties on Palestinians.
Dr Mahathir also reaffirmed Malaysia’s commitment to the Palestinian cause, saying that Malaysia has and will always stand by the Palestinians.
"And we will not keep quiet for as long as we see the atrocities and injustices committed by the Israeli regime," he said at the 9th Annual Grand Iftar with the Palestinian community in Malaysia, organised by the Palestinian Cultural Organisation Malaysia (PCOM), here tonight.
Dr Mahathir said most Malaysians are familiar with the sufferings of the Palestinians, and Malaysia on its part has attempted to take their cause to the international platform.
"Our people have joined other like-minded citizens of the world to protest the cruelties of Israel. Malaysians have joined flotillas and land convoys to break the siege on Gaza as well as other protests, all aimed at reminding the international community of the plight of the Palestinians.
"Much as these efforts have yet to bear any substantial results, they have, however, served as a reminder to the Israeli regime and the powerful nations that prop it up that we will not be closing our eyes to the blatant injustices," he said.
Dr Mahathir said neither will Malaysia be silent as it witnesses the hypocrisy of the powerful nations in dealing with the Palestinian plight and their continuous support for Israel’s crimes against humanity.
" I have said it many times before. If there is ever a chance for world peace to be achieved, the Palestinian issue needs to be resolved.
"To resolve it, the international community must find a solution to the displaced Palestinians, the return of their land which had been illegally taken by Israelis, put an end to the genocidal Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land and allowing the return of Palestinians to their homeland," he stressed.
Dr Mahathir said for as long as the issue is not resolved and the Palestinians are not given justice, the Middle-East will forever be in conflict, giving birth to terrorism and militancy, and spreading to the rest of the world.
"The terrorism and militancy are direct results of the State terrorism committed by Israel, a matter conveniently ignored or brushed aside by the powerful Western nations," he added.
Dr Mahathir said today too, the very nations that created the monstrosity called Israel, are still up to their mischief, rewarding Israel with Jerusalem by declaring it Israel’s capital.
"Israel keeps violating international laws and human rights daily. Israeli settlements are built every day and Palestinians are denied access to their own lands," he said.
Dr Mahathir said PCOM has been committed to the struggle for a free Palestine and today it plays a significant role in building cross-cultural understanding between Palestine and Malaysia, raising awareness about the Palestinian issue and reaching out to Malaysian officials and political parties to mobilise political support for Palestinian rights.