Thursday, September 20, 2012


By Dr Mahathir Mohamad 1. An Israeli court hearing a case brought by the mother of Rachel Corrie, the American girl who was deliberately run over and killed by an Israeli soldier driving a bulldozer to destroy the home of a Palestinian in Gaza, found the case to be an accident because the Israeli soldier claimed he could not see the girl standing in the way of the bulldozer shouting for it to stop. 2. I have often enough sat in the driver’s seat of a bulldozer or mechanical hoe and I have always been able to see everything in front of me. Certainly a person standing in my way would be clearly seen by me. 3. But the Israeli court believed the soldier when he said he could not see the girl Rachel Corrie standing in front of his bulldozer. And so he ran over her crushing her under the bulldozer. 4. Even the Chinese Communist soldier stopped his tank when, in Tiananmen Square, a young man stood in the way of his vehicle. The view from the tank must be less clear. But the Israeli was driving a bulldozer which is designed to enable the driver to see clearly what is in front of him. 5. If he ran over the girl, it must be deliberate; it must be because he wanted to kill the girl. 6. It is a travesty of justice for the court to decide it was an accident, that the soldier driving the bulldozer could not see the girl. 7. The judge must be as cold-hearted as the soldier for the pain he inflicted on the grieving mother. 8. I am glad to be labelled anti-Semitic. How can I be otherwise when the Jews who so often talk of the horrors they suffered during the Holocaust show the same Nazi cruelty and hard-heartedness towards not just their enemies but even towards their allies should any try to stop the senseless killing of their Palestinian enemies. 9. Our concern and disgust over the cruel killing of Rachel Corrie is not new. When the Perdana Global Peace Foundation bought a ship to send food, medicine and construction material to the Palestinians in Gaza, she was named Rachel Corrie. 10. We were intercepted by the Israeli Navy in Gaza waters and forced to go to El Arish in Egypt. The supplies were sequestered and after some months were taken by others to Gaza. But we do not know if the people in Gaza ever got the supplies meant for them. 11. We had sympathised with the victims of the Holocaust. That sympathy was wasted and misplaced. source :

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