KUALA LUMPUR — May 1, 2019: Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has once again described Israel as a terrorist nation that is also the root cause of instability in the world.
While addressing youths at the Al Sharq annual conference attended mainly by Middle East countries, Mahathir reiterated that the time has come for the international community to stand together and end Israel’s occupation of Palestine,
“Apartheid, genocide, crimes against humanity, crimes of aggression and all the evil that mankind can inflict on others can be compiled in Palestine – courtesy of the barbaric, arrogant, terrorist nation called Israel.
“Until and unless the international community is committed to find a solution to bring an end to the occupation of the land belonging to the Palestinians, the region and the rest of the world will not have much of a chance for stability and order,” he said to loud applause from the 1,000-odd participants.
He further referred to the senseless murder of innocent people following the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq by the US-led coalition in 2001 to 2003 which had seen more tumult than stability, followed by the Arab Spring.
“Nations like Syria, Libya and Yemen today provide images of a human tragedy while the rest of the world watch helplessly.
“Their sufferings did not originate from internal strife but rather interference and interventions from external powers which obviously were doing it out of self-interest, disguised under the veil of democracy and human rights,” he said.
Going forward, Mahathir reminded that youths, being future leaders, have a pivotal role in making the world a better place. — Bernama