Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Malaysia PM: Islam Not A Threat, key to solving Islamophobia, is a solution to the Palestinian issue, otherwise some Muslims feel 'what is there to live for'


Pin the whole of the Muslim world's extremist problems on the Palestinian issue ~ and again they avoid responsibility.

There are so many issues with Islam that can't be blamed on the plight of the Palestinians. The attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia ~ most of which are against other Muslims. Southern Thailand, against mostly Buddhists and those Muslims deemed infidel. In his own neighborhood as well, you have the Southern Philippines ~ most of the attacks are against Christians.

And as far as the Palestinians go ~ events in the West bank hardly make the news ~ unlike Gaza under the Hamas run territory and there is a completely different picture. With rockets fired over the wall ~ a wall which has driven attacks on Israeli territory down by 90%.

And overlooked in Europe there is this need to impose Islamic law on all citizens. In this respect Islam is a threat ~ a threat to freedom, a threat to rights and further a threat to security.

In his own country, there is no freedom of religion, that is not an example we want to follow. We simply don't lock people up for changing their beliefs.

BRUSSELS, Oct 5 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has conveyed to the international community that Islam is not a threat and that Islamophobia is often fuelled by extremists in all religions.

He said the international community could look towards Malaysia as a living example of how people of different religions could co-exist in harmony.

Speaking at a media roundtable attended by international news organisations based here, Najib said conflicts existed not between religions but between the extremists and the moderates of all religions.

"Islam should not be a problem as long as there are moderates in all religions," he said.

Islam was among the subjects raised during the roundtable and Najib was asked about how Malaysia could address perceptions towards the religion among the European community in the wake of the Europe-Malaysia free trade agreement negotiations, to be launched here Tuesday.

Najib said it would be good if the European community could engage in dialogues with moderate Islamic countries like Malaysia.

Saying that he did not condone extremism, Najib said the key to solving Islamophobia was to find a long-term solution to the Palestinian issue.

He added that the fate of the Palestinian people, who were deprived of their rights, "strikes a chord among the Muslim world."

"Some people feel that if there is no hope left, then what is there to live for," he said, adding that once the Palestinian problems were resolved, terrorism would subside.

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