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Malaysia party calls for boycott of Israel products

Malaysians stage a protest against the US President Donald Trump's announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 8 December 2017 [Alexandra Radu/Anadolu Agency]

A political party in Malaysia launched a boycott campaign against Israeli products and enterprises today in protest against the US’ decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“I call on the businessmen and the people to boycott Israeli products and enterprises,” Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah, president of the Malaysian People’s Economy Party (PEKIRA), said in a statement in Kuala Lumpur.

“We will not use Israeli products from now onward,” he added.

Abdullah mentioned a similar boycott campaign in 2014 against US-based fast-food chains operating in Malaysia.

“We had previously organised such a boycott and caused the operator to suffer a major financial loss. We can do the same thing again.”

He also called on the Malaysian Prime minister Najib Razak to stand firm on the issue.

Read: Writers, actors and musicians condemn Trump’s Jerusalem move

Last week, Trump announced his decision to formally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate Washington’s embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City.

The announcement was met with global protests and condemnation.

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