Israel's cruelty 'a crime'

KUALA TERENGGANU: Israel’s aggression in Gaza is a crime against humanity, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said yesterday.

Expressing Malaysia’s regret over the attacks, the deputy prime minister said Israel’s atrocities against the Palestinians had now been made clear to the international community.

Najib said the Israeli government’s excuse of retaliating against Hamas rocket fire did not justify its brutality against innocent civilians.

“This would not have had happened if the Palestinians were allowed to lead normal lives. They were denied jobs, economic aid and infrastructure development,” he said after holding a closed-door meeting with Kuala Terengganu Umno branch leaders.

Najib said the Palestinians were being squeezed by a blockade, which was why Hamas had the backing of the people.

“This is also why Hamas began firing rockets into Israeli territory.”

Replying to a question, Najib said he did not believe that Israel had launched the attacks to test United States President-elect Barack Obama’s stand on the Middle East crisis.

“There are internal factors behind this aggression as they know the US will continue to support them,” he said..

Source : New Straits Times

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