Even if it meant cutting up his body into several pieces, Prime Minister Najib Razak said today he will not budge from his stand in defending the rights of the Palestinians. Najib said this at the Save Jerusalem Rally, as he urged all Malaysians to stand in solidarity with the Palestinians in Palestine.
“We will not budge, we will not budge in our defence for the plight of the Palestinians; returning Jerusalem to them (as promised by the late Salahuddin Al-Ayubi).
“Even if it means cutting me up into pieces, leaving behind only one piece of ‘meat’, we will not budge,” he said.
In this case, Najib cited historical changes to the Palestinian map since 1947 which showed the Zionist regime’s continuous attempts to encroach on the land.
“When I look at the map, the areas occupied by the Palestinians were reduced in 1947. By 1967, it had shrunk even more.
“We must stay united in defending the Palestinians. One day, may they regain their land as it was in 1947,“ he added.
Najib also called on all Malaysians to set aside their political differences.
“Today, we are gathered here to fight for a single cause. I urge all political parties in the country to put aside their differences and stay united in this cause.
“It is a historical day today, that all have gathered here today, regardless of religion and race, united in our stand.
“I understand that our Christian friends are also here today in solidarity with us.
“We believe that championing the cause of the Palestinians would also mean that believers of other religions will also be able to practise their beliefs in harmony,” he said.
Najib, who is also Umno president, said he had, from the very beginning, expressed Malaysia’s stand against Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The last time was during his winding-up speech during the Umno general assembly.
The resounding support from Umno delegates for the cause led him to raise the matter again at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation emergency meeting on the issue.
At the end of the rally, Najib also announced that similar solidarity rallies would be held on the third Friday of every month at all mosques across the country.
The Malaysian government had earlier declared that the government stood firm in its stand against Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
It also said it would not reverse its decision although the US had threatened it would be taking note of the countries that voted in support of a UN resolution criticising the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.-FMT