Kuala Lumpur – Popular social networking site Facebook has barred its users from directly accessing Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s blog site, days after the former prime minister wrote a scathing piece on the current Gaza conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians.
No official reason has been given, although users can still opt to copy and paste the former prime minister’s blog postings onto their own Facebook status page.
Repeated attempts to access Dr Mahathir’s blog site www.chedet.cc were unsuccessful at the time of writing.
A pop-up appears with each attempt stating: “We believe the link you are trying to visit is malicious. For your safety, we have blocked it. Learn more about keeping your account secure. If you think this link should not be blocked, please let us know.”
Dr Mahathir who is known for his anti-Israeli stand, had accused the Jews in his latest blog posting of acting worse than the Nazis who persecuted them during World War II with their continued military oppression of the Palestinians.
The former prime minister accused the state of Israel of behaving like untouchables in their annexation of Palestinian land, secure in their arrogance as the “chosen” people of God.
Dr Mahathir said the ongoing Israeli military offensive, which has so far killed over 600 Palestinian civilians and razed numerous public buildings and private homes, is proof that the Israelis “don’t care” what the world thinks of the massacre.
The retired politician, who is a staunch supporter of the establishment of a Palestinian state and the ouster of Jews from Arab land, accused the West of supporting Israel’s conduct by branding those who criticise the Israelis as anti-Semitic.
The country’s longest serving prime minister — who has a history of having used the controversial Internal Security Act (ISA) to allegedly stem political dissent — also accused the Israeli administration of detaining “hundreds” of Palestinians indefinitely, to be used as bargaining chips whenever an Israeli soldier is caught by the other side.
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