Umno is holding a solidarity gathering in support of the Palestinian people as a protest against plans by US President Donald Trump to recognise Jurusalem as the capital of Israel, said its acting deputy president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Without disclosing the date and location of the proposed gathering, he said Umno and BN would discuss with various parties, including NGOs to get their participation.
“We see this as not only an Islamic religious issue, but it is also a question on universality,” he told a media conference after the policy speech by Umno President Najib Abdul Razak at the party’s general assembly at Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur today.
Zahid, who is also Home Minister, opined that that announcement by Trump was a direct interference in the Middle East, which he feared could lead to a political conflict in the region.
Zahid said he and Najib had met with Palestine’s Al-Fattah and Hamas leaders who attended the Umno general assembly, and that they, too, were against the United States’ plan.
“Although the two parties Al-Fattah and Hamas) often differed in their opinions, but (in this matter) they shared the same opinion that the action by the US in wanting to shift the capital from Tel Aviv to is something that should be opposed, not only by the Palestinians, but also by all Muslims,” he said.
Asked whether Umno would join PAS which was planning a protest outside the US Embassy tomorrow, Zahid said Umno would send its members who were not directly involved in the assembly.