Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Malaysian PM calls on Muslims to unite over Jerusalem

PM Najib says he will use all means to fight Trump's Jerusalem move Mr Najib Razak at the rally in Putrajaya
Kenny Thornton | 24 December, 2017, 04:55

On Thursday, Malaysia joined more than 120 countries voting in favor of a UN General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, ignoring a threat by Trump to cut off financial aid to countries voting against his move.

He said it is time for Muslims across the world to unite.

The Malaysian Prime Minister led thousands of Malaysians in a rally, Friday, to show solidarity with Palestinians, slamming the United States decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

One of the panellists, Palestine Ambassador to Malaysia Datuk Dr Anwar Al-Agha, said Palestine would never give up Jerusalem as its capital with the support given by Malaysians, especially through the "Save Jerusalem" White Solidarity Rally at the Putra Mosque.

In a press statement welcoming the adoption of the United Nations resolution, the Foreign Ministry said Malaysia continues to believe that a two-state solution, in which Palestinians and Israelis coexist peacefully based on the pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, "is the only viable solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict".

Regarding Trump's threat to cut aid to countries that voted to denounce his decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Razak said the US has been the one that is asking for "aid" from the country in "many" matters. Few heeded the call, however.

Indian ODI squad for South Africa series announced
Suresh Raina who cleared the Yo-Yo test at the NCA in Bengaluru recently was ignored again along with Yuvraj Singh. Rohit Sharma , Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli make up the top three, with Ajinkya Rahane as the possible back-up opener.

Deputy Malaysian Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has said that his country would open an embassy in occupied East Jerusalem, a report stated. Most Malaysians are ethnically Malay - and legally Muslim from birth - but the multiracial country also has large ethnic-Indian and ethnic-Chinese groups.

UMNO relies heavily on support from Muslim Malay voters in rural areas, and Najib is keen to underline his religious credentials ahead of the election.

Part of the crowd at the "Save Jerusalem" solidarity rally in Putrajaya December 22, 2017.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last Sunday his government planned to open an embassy in East Jerusalem, the prospective capital of the Palestinian state. In a response, Trump threatened to stop US aid to countries that voted against the wishes of the U.S.

The absent countries included Kenya, which was the fifth-largest recipient of USA aid previous year, and Georgia and Ukraine, both of which have close U.S. ties.

Researcher Ying Xian Wong contributed to this article.

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