Dr M: Claims that Israel has right to defend itself unacceptable

The recent conflict has spread to Gaza after Palestinians vowed to retaliate against Israeli assaults on Al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah

by BERNAMA / pic by TMR FILE

IF IT were true that the Israelis were defending themselves from rockets fired by Hamas and other Palestinian groups, then they should fight in their own country and not on Palestinian land, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (picture).

The former prime minister said Israel’s excuse that they had the right to defend themselves is not acceptable because it is the Palestinians who are on the defence.

US President Joe Biden was also reported as saying that Israel had a right to defend itself against rockets fired by Palestinian groups in retaliation to Israel’s recent aggression.

“I am sure the Israelis will take over Sheikh Jarrah and the land where the Al-Aqsa Mosque stands,” Dr Mahathir said during a virtual interactive session themed “Palestine: Malaysia With Love” moderated by TV personality Farrah Adeeba Mohamed Ashraf on his Facebook page on Sunday.

Dr Mahathir, who has been fighting to make wars of aggression a crime, described Israel’s action of intense attacks on different parts of the blockaded Gaza City as an unfair fight against the Palestinians, who do not have weapons like those of the Zionist regime.

He echoed Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein’s sentiments when the latter said it is an insult that other countries speak out in defence of Israel, and not a single word about the Palestinians, who have the right to defend themselves after being occupied for over 50 years Hishammuddin said this in his speech during a virtual open-ended extraordinary meeting for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s Executive Committee at the level of foreign ministers on Sunday.

In a statement Hishammuddin expressed disappointment at the United Nations (UN) Security Council’s inability to come up with a unified position to halt Israel’s violence against Palestinians.

“This is the third session of the UN Security Council this week and yet not a single statement has been released on the current situation in Palestine.

“In the absence of the Security Council’s unified action, Malaysia, in line with our joint call with Brunei and Indonesia, urges the General Assembly to convene a Special Session to immediately end the hostilities. The UN must force Israel to comply with all obligations by international law as well as the UN Charter,” Hishammuddin said.

At the UN Security Council open Video TeleConference debate on Sunday, Malaysia highlighted three key points namely, the Security Council must act immediately and fulfil its duties under the UN Charter; the Security Council must speak with one voice and act swiftly and decisively to respond to Israeli aggressions; and the Security Council is to revisit the recommendation in the Secretary General 2018 report on the deployment of UN-mandated armed forces or unarmed observers to improve the protection of the Palestinians.

As of yesterday, the death toll from Israeli attacks on Gaza Strip surpassed the 200 mark, including women and children.

The recent conflict, which started in East Jerusalem in the holy month of Ramadhan, has spread to Gaza after Palestinian fighters vowed to retaliate against Israeli assaults on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

It annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move never recognised by the international community.