Destruction of Gaza: A result of protecting Israel's security
KUALA LUMPUR: While criticisms on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's support for "all efforts to protect the security of Israel" continue to mount, the Perdana Global Peace Foundation put in perspective that it was such efforts that had led to the genocide of Palestinians.
In a strongly worded statement that condemned the opposition leader for coming up with such which appeared in the Wall Street Journal, PGPF pointed out that efforts to protect the secutrity of Israel had not only resulted in deaths of many Palestinians, but used as a license to continue with military belligerence on the besieged people.
In a statement on Tuesday PGPF said, “surely “protecting the security of Israel” is not something that can be accepted at face value as Tel Aviv had exploited the principle to commit atrocities and genocide on Palestinians.”
“It is in the principle of protecting its security that Israel had conducted military operations and attacks on Palestinians especially in Gaza and these attacks had continued incessantly."
On grounds that Israel had to protect its security, PGPF, which is founded by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, pointed out how Tel Aviv justified its attack on the Mavi Marmara that killed nine activists and injured dozens of others on board, including Malaysian activists.
The foundation also said anyone who supports “all efforts to protect the security of Israel” is abetting, if not outrightly supporting Israel’s continued genocide of Palestinians and undermining all Malaysian efforts to support the Palestinians struggle for sovereignty.
It also stated when Malaysians condemned the atrocities committed by Israel on Palestinian, including a protest by thousands of people at the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on June 10, 2010 for the murderous attack on the Freedom Flotilla by the Israeli Defence Force, Anwar shared the sentiments of the Malaysians then.
Thus, referring to Anwar's comment, the foundation said it is unacceptable for someone of his position to be expressing open support for the Zionist regime's cause.
Prior to this several bloggers said Anwar, under attack for the remarks he made in the Wall Street Journal, tried to "wriggle" his way out by claiming that the remarks were made in the context of the "two-state solution".
Veteran journalist and blogger Jailani Harun said Anwar's statement did not mention nor imply anything about 'Two-State solution', a reference to Israel and Palestine or anything in line with Malaysia's and United Nation policy in recognising both states.
Another blogger, who writes anonymously in the blog Jebat Must Die, echoed Jailani’s criticism of Anwar, saying “this latest statement to clear his name means absolutely nothing” because the ‘two-state solution’ was not mentioned in the WSJ article.
Pas council of clergies deputy chief Datuk Mahfodz Mohamad in a news report when commenting on Anwar’s remarks, said it is the people’s duty to support the oppressed rather than the oppressor.
Pas youth chief Nasruddin Hassan Tantawi in his Twitter post had said supporting and protecting Israel is a betrayal to the ‘ummah’ (the Muslim community).