Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday called for a global boycott of the US dollar and US-made products, including Coca-Cola, to stop supporting the violent attacks by Israel against Palestine.
Star Daily quoted Mahathir Mohamad as saying "the world community should boycott the United States' currency and products to pressure the superpower to stop supporting the violent attacks by Israel against Palestine."
The former prime minister said "while governments might not be able to support the move as many were "scared stiff" of the superpower, the people could play their part to save Palestine."
"The people can act and they have the capacity to act," he said, saying that the people need not consume US-branded soft drinks and that the government can't force them to drink it.
" If we need to buy weapons, we can always buy them from Russia instead of the United States.
"The boycott will have to be a universal effort. If confined to Malaysia alone, it is not gong to be effective, but Malaysians must also play their part.
"We must not allow ourselves to be cowed. Even if we do little things, I think we can achieve quite a lot," he told a press conference Monday to talk on the latest developments in the Middle East.
Mahathir said "the best and the quickest solution to the Palestine issue was for the United States to stop supporting Israel's atrocities, adding that while Israel was to be blamed for the deaths and maiming of thousands of Palestinians including women and children, the US and British governments should also be blamed for their supportive role."
"The United States is already paying the price for this. Their embassies have to have high walls and barbed wire all around. People hate the United States, but if they want to be hated by people it's their business. But the support (for Israel) must stop," he said.
"There are opinions that the fight between Israelis and Palestinians is about religion. The crisis is not a religious struggle between Muslims and Jews. It is a fight about territorial issues," Mahathir said.
Mahathir said he would talk with local non-governmental organisations on boycotting US products and would also write to several leaders to urge them to play their part in putting a stop to the killings in Palestine.
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