By Mahathir Mohd Rais
The relentless struggle of the Palestinian people since the establishment of Israel in 1948 unfolds as a profound narrative of human endurance under oppressive conditions.
This story extends beyond the physical conflict, touching the core of the systematic erosion of identity, culture, and fundamental human rights.
In Gaza, Palestinians live under conditions akin to an open-air prison, marked by Israeli blockades that limit access to necessities and leave deep scars from war and siege.
This backdrop set the stage for the recent Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, a reaction to prolonged Israeli control.
The attack led to severe Israeli retaliation, intensifying the longstanding conflict.
Bombardments in the West Bank and Gaza have resulted in widespread grief and destruction.
Families endure perpetual anxiety, caught between fleeting peace and recurring devastation.
The civilian toll is mounting, with essential infrastructure, including hospitals and schools, being compromised.
Amidst this turmoil, Malaysia stands in solidarity with Palestine.
Malaysia, advocating for a two-state solution and without diplomatic relations with Israel, has consistently supported the Palestinian cause, even in complex international arenas.
This period marks a historic unity in Malaysia’s approach to the Palestinian issue.
Political leaders across the spectrum, including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin, have come together in an unprecedented alignment.
Their collective voice denounces Israeli aggression and underlines the necessity for Malaysia to use its diplomatic channels to advocate peace and an end to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
This includes leveraging platforms like the UN, NAM, and BRICS to press for a ceasefire and the lifting of the blockade on Gaza.
The resilience of the people of Gaza amid these dire circumstances stands out as a testament to the human spirit.
Their pursuit of a peaceful and dignified life serves as a clarion call to the world for justice and reconciliation.
Malaysia’s role, mirrored by its leaders’ unified stance, is pivotal in this global endeavor.
The nation’s efforts go beyond expressions of sympathy, aiming to translate solidarity into tangible support and actions that uplift and empower.
Looking ahead, the united front presented by our country’s political spectrum offers a blueprint for global cooperation against oppression.
This commitment to justice and human rights can break the cycle of violence and grief, paving the way toward a future where every human being, including the children in Gaza, can live in a world marked by dignity, respect, and peace.
About the author: Mahathir Mohd Rais, Perikatan Nasional Federal Territories Information Chief. This is an opinion column. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of this publication.