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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Muda slams pro-Israel US professor's remark at local varsity talk


Muda acting president Amira Aisya Abd Aziz has slammed remarks made by a pro-Israel American professor at a talk at a local university yesterday.

Amira (above) particularly took offence at Portland State University's political science professor Bruce Gilley's remark that the country's politicians were advocating a second Holocaust against the Jews.

"This is absolutely misleading and unacceptable.

"His statements are falsely depicting Malaysia’s aim and goals towards peace for an independent Palestine state," Amira said on X today.

She further explained that it is the Zionist government of Israel that is committing genocide of Palestinians.

"Academic institutions should be very careful in inviting speakers and lecturers who are spreading pro-Zionist narratives.

"From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free," she wrote.

Long-standing vice

A check by Malaysiakini revealed that Gilley made the remarks during his keynote address at a lecture titled "Will Malaysia become an active middle power?" at Universiti Malaya yesterday.

In his address, Gilley said that a country whose political leaders "advocate a second Holocaust against the Jewish people will never be a serious player in world affairs and will certainly never be a friend or partner of the United States."

Gilley shared excerpts from his address on his X account. He cited a remark by Agriculture and Food Security Minister Mohamad Sabu at a rally in October last year that "Israel will soon disappear" as an example of an anti-Jew remark.

"This is a long-standing vice of Malaysian politicians going back to (former prime minister Dr) Mahathir (Mohamad's) advice to learn from the Germans on how to kill Jews. Today, TV news end daily broadcasts with 'From the River to the sea', and 'Israel Cuak' (Israel is frightened)," he wrote.

Malaysiakini has reached out to UM and a spokesperson who refused to be identified said that they are "looking into the matter". - Mkini

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