Palestine: Muslim Nations Should Use Their Strengths, Realize Their Weaknesses – Dr M
KUALA LUMPUR (May 20): Muslim nations should use their strengths and realize their weaknesses in formulating strategies against Israeli oppression in Palestine, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.
Speaking via a Skype call on the “Dialog Tiga Penjuru” program broadcast by Astro Awani, he said Muslim countries must realize that they do not have the military might to face Israel.
“What we (Muslim countries) have is financial strength. Muslim nations control the oil. Global oil supply. So fight (Israel) using what is available (for us). Don’t make more enemies by detonating bombs in European countries. It makes people angry, ”he said.
Dr Mahathir said Muslims should stop thinking about revenge for Israeli actions against the Palestinian people, and instead use whatever raw materials they have to put pressure on Israel.
He added that Israel would conquer all of Palestine and not care what the world thinks because they are protected by a superpower.
The Prime Minister’s special envoy to the Middle East, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who was also on the panel of the program, agreed with Dr Mahathir that Muslims should not look for enemies by bombing embassies, hotels and public places.
“It is the doing of those who ignore their religion. Muslims must be made aware of this issue,” he said.
Commenting on some Muslim countries which had established ties with Israel such as the United Arab Emirates, Sudan and Bahrain, he said efforts would be made to pressure countries by holding online meetings with their ambassadors to unite. against the oppression of Palestine.
Another panelist, namely Datuk, fellow at the Center for Islamic Studies in Oxford, Dr Afifi Al-Akiti, said Muslim countries should emulate Ireland, which is one of the most anti-Zionist countries in the West.
“Ireland has an internal policy of boycotting and restricting trade with Israel, while it is the government itself – not non-governmental organizations – that sends aid directly to Gaza. Among the aid sent (by the Irish government), there are finances as well as doctors and engineers to redevelop the infrastructure in Palestine, ”he said.
Afifi said releasing statements condemning Israel’s actions was insufficient, and among the actions that could be taken was to declare Israel an apartheid state.