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Malaysian PM condemns West’s ‘sheer hypocrisy’ over Israeli genocide of Gazans

Malaysia's Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim speaks on a panel during the World Economic Forum Special Meeting in Riyadh on April 28, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has censured Western countries over their “sheer hypocrisy” regarding the months-long genocide of innocent Palestinians in the Gaza Strip at the hands of the Israeli regime.

Since the Tel Aviv forces launched their genocidal war against Gazans nearly seven months ago, over 34,600 Palestinians, most of them women and children, have been killed in the besieged Palestinian territory. The Malaysian leader said there is no way to condone the inhumane Israeli attacks on the innocent civilians in Gaza.

“We have issued statements to suggest that their genocide must end,” Anwar said in an interview with Arab media in Riyadh last week. “And it’s sheer hypocrisy for countries, some countries in the West, including the United States, to deny these continued killings of children and women and civilians."

“Whatever your political position is, I don’t believe that in this period we can condone these sort of inhuman, barbaric acts against fellow human beings. And I think that position is clear. Our position is very strong in that direction."

He said world leaders in many countries had expressed gross concern because their people were feeling enraged by the ongoing Israeli atrocities and the Western countries' apathy towards the crimes.

“And we don’t want this to prolong, because it will only lead to groups to foster fanatical extremist or terrorist action in the absence of the failure of the international community,” he warned.

The PM called on the international community to take expedited legal action against the criminal Israeli regime. In this relation, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) may soon issue warrants for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Zionist regime's war minister, Yoav Gallant, for the genocide of Palestinians in Gaza.

If the ICC rules that genocide is taking place in Gaza, Anwar said he would support calls for the arrest of the Israeli ministers.

“I don’t believe that any reasonable person could dispute the incontrovertible effects adduced to support their allegation that genocide has been committed,” he said. “Once it is established that genocide happened, then of course the warrants have to be issued.”

Asked whether an independent Palestinian state was likely to be established in 2024, he said no country had the right to reject the Palestinian nation's inalienable rights to statehood and ignore the vast global support for the sovereignty of the state of Palestine.

“There are 139 countries that have given recognition to the state of Palestine. Now, why must one or two countries consider them above all these considerations and refuse to accept this?” he insisted, adding, “139 say yes, we must recognize the existence of the state of Palestine. I don’t believe any country has the right to deny the sentiments, aspirations of the world.”

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