PUTRAJAYA: Each third Friday of the month will be declared a ‘Palestine Solidarity Day’, with a rally held at a different mosque nationwide each week. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, announcing this today, said Malaysia will continue its efforts to support the Palestinian struggle through various ways, including via diplomatic channel, politics, funding and through the power of prayer. "We will do whatever necessary to ensure Jerusalem returns to the Palestinians. "We will not budge from our stand. No matter how many times we hit the wall, we remain true to what we believe," Najib told a mammoth crowd at the Solidarity Rally to Save Jerusalem, at the Putra Square today.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak delivers his speech during the Solidarity Rally to Save Jerusalem at Putra Square in Putrajaya. Pic by MOHAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI
The prime minister also shared his dream of being able to pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem without having to seek permission from Israel’s Zionist regime. Najib also questioned why tunnels were built under the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The prime minister said should Jerusalem fall completely into the hand of the Zionist regime, it would create uncertainties in many areas, including security. He believed if Palestine has Jerusalem, there would be a guarantee that other faiths would be carry out their religious duties. He called on Muslims in and outside Malaysia to put a stop to the Zionist atrocities. “Today's rally is a historic day. Despite our differences, we have come here today to oppose the move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “If we look at the map before 1947, Palestine had a huge swathe of land. The size became increasingly smaller after 1947 and more so after 1967. "Should Jerusalem become Israel’s capital, Palestinians will become weaker and even more oppressed," Najib added.
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad attends the gathering in Putrajaya. Pic by AHMAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR
He reiterated Malaysia's firm stand on Jerusalem, as per what he had brought before the recent Extraordinary Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit. He again raised key points which he had presented at the summit, namely being firm and consistent in Malaysia's support to free Palestine, and become a sovereign nation. "Palestine must be what it was before 1947. We want east Jerusalem to be the capital of Palestine," he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd