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Malaysia Condemns Killing Of Christian Journalist, Will Not Recognise Israel

Malaysia Condemns Killing Of Christian Journalist, Will Not Recognise Israel

Malaysia also criticised Israel’s brutal attack on Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral.

Fernando Fong

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Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah stressed that Malaysia could not recognize Israel and would continue to speak out on Israel’s atrocities on Palestine. 

He said Malaysia would lose moral standing if it recognised Israel’s takeover of Palestine territories.

Unless justice is done to the people of Palestine, and unless the people of Palestine are given their homeland, Malaysia will not recognize Israel.

Wisma Putra conveyed Saifuddin’s remark at a gathering by the international radio and TV broadcaster of Qatar, Al Jazeera.

Malaysians honouring Abu Akleh, one of the Middle East’s most experienced and well-loved correspondents. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

Held in Kuala Lumpur today (18 August), it marked 100 days since Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing.

Israeli forces killed the Palestinian Al Jazeera journalist on 11 May while she was on assignment covering Israeli army raids in West Bank.

During the gathering, members of the press and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) held posters of Abu Akleh wearing a press vest.

Malaysians honouring Abu Akleh, one of the Middle East’s most experienced and well-loved correspondents. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

Al Jazeera Malaysia bureau chief Samer Fariq Mohammad Allawi thanked Malaysians for paying tribute to her memory.

Abu Akleh joined Al Jazeera Media Network in 1997, a year after it was launched, as one of the Qatar-based Arabic-language network’s first field correspondents. Her many important coverages include the second Palestinian Intifada in 2000.

Al Jazeera Malaysia bureau chief Samer Fariq Mohammad Allawi on Shireen’s journey as a reporter.

He said the late Abu Akleh was a Christian, which shows the Palestinian issue is not merely Muslim or Islamic, but a humanitarian one. 

Al Jazeera Malaysia bureau chief Samer Fariq Mohammad Allawi addressing the crowd who came to honour Abu Akleh. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

He added that Israel’s atrocity knows no bound.

The regime’s forces targeted mourners during her funeral because they did not want them to walk with Abu Akleh’s coffin.

At the same time, Samer Fariq also expressed gratitude to Malaysians for their steadfast support of the Palestinians.

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Linked By Trade

While Malaysia officially maintains an outwardly hostile position towards Israel, there are businesses between the two countries.

In 2020, Israel exported USD7.02 million (RM31 million) to Malaysia.

The main products that Israel exported to Malaysia were planes, helicopters, and/or spacecraft, integrated circuits and liquid dispersing machines.

Malaysian products have been exported to Israel through third-party countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong.

They include broadcasting equipment, furniture and insulated wire.

Malaysian passports bear the inscription “This passport is valid for all countries except Israel”, but most visitors from Malaysia can travel to Israel without restrictions.


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