The creation of Israel by seizing Palestinian land and expelling its 90 per cent Arab population is the root cause of terrorism, the Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr Mahathir Mohamad said in his UN speech.
‚ÄúSince then, wars have been fought in many countries, many related to the creation of Israel. And now we have terrorism when there was none before, or at least none on the present scale,‚ÄĚ he said in his statement at the General Debate of the 74th UN General Assembly.
‚ÄúMilitary action against acts of terrorism will not succeed. We need to identify the cause and remove it. But the great powers refuse to deal with the root cause,‚ÄĚ he added.
The prime minister added that Malaysia accepted the state of Israel ‚Äúas a fait accompli‚ÄĚ.
‚ÄúBut Malaysia cannot accept the blatant seizure of Palestine land by Israel for their settlements as well as the occupation of Jerusalem by Israel. The Palestinians cannot even enter the settlements built on their land.‚ÄĚ
He added: ‚ÄúBecause of the creation of Israel, there is now enmity towards the Muslims and Islam. Muslims are accused of terrorism even if they did nothing‚Ä¶ Muslim countries have been destabilized through the campaign for democracy and regime change. Muslims everywhere have been oppressed, expelled from their countries and refused asylum.‚ÄĚ
Dr. Mahathir also said that the application of the rule of law has been selective.
‚ÄúFriends may break any law and get away scot-free. Thus, Israel can break all the international laws and norms of the world and it will continue to be supported and defended. The unfriendly countries can do nothing right. There is no justice in the world,‚ÄĚ he added.
Mahathir Mohamad also highlighted the situation of the Rohingyas in Myanmar.
‚ÄúMany colonies of the West, upon independence, expelled non-natives in their countries. But nowhere have they been as brutal as Myanmar. Even natives massacred, brutally killed and raped in full view of the world backgrounded by the burning houses and villages of the victims. They were forced to migrate and now they dare not return to Myanmar even when offered. They cannot trust the Myanmar military unless some form of non-Myanmar protection is given.‚ÄĚ
Source: Quds News Network
Edited for IMEMC: Ali Salam