Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Sunday that civil society must exert pressure on governments to shun hypocrisy and rise against Israel.
The Perdana Global Peace Organisation chairman also said the world should not allow an apartheid state to continue its oppression of the Palestinians.
In his address at the Breaking The Siege: In the Spirit of Rachel Corrie and Mavi Marmara international conference, Mahathir said: "We must call upon all governments not to be hypocritical and stand up to this rogue state called Israel."
He also termed Israel an “apartheid state” which must not be allowed to continue such oppressive policies (read here).
He said the December 2008 invasion of Gaza not only resulted in the deaths of Palestinian civilians but also an outpouring of aid which did not reduce the suffering of the people. "The invasion saw more than 1,400 civilians, men, women and children killed, and more than 20,000 homes, schools and hospitals were destroyed."
Dr Mahathir also said that PGPO will study the law of the sea to find the legal implication on Israel's action to board the lead ship of the humanitarian aid flotilla, Mavi Marmara and once they knew the legal implication, the organisation would take action on Israel (here).
"What Israel has done is actually piracy and now Israel is detaining the ship...that is wrong. Once we know the legal implication, what are the provisions of the law of the sea, then we can take some action," he told reporters after the closing of the international conference by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
In a related development, Dr Mahathir said the US compelled the UN Security Council to impose sanctions against Iran in order to weaken the country and lay the ground for a military attack (here).
"The world is made to believe once again the lie that Israel's existence is being threatened by a nuclear armed Iran," he said, adding that these sanctions were adopted despite the fact that Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), had repeatedly stated that there is no evidence of Iran pursuing military nuclear program.
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