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2006-09-15,1:18 PM

Mahathir blames 9/11 on Israel

Malaysia’s former prime minister said international Islamic terrorism was a result of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians.

Mahathir Mohamad, who drew censure for making anti-Semitic comments during his 22-year rule, said Thursday that the Sept. 11 attackers were motivated by sympathy for the Palestinians.

“They had no direct link but there is a great deal of sympathy for the sufferings of the people of Palestine,” Mahathir told Reuters.

“What is happening today has got nothing to do with religion. It has got to do with territorial disputes, mainly the dispute over Palestinian land.”

The 81-year-old former premier also said that there is no such thing as a “moderate” Muslim.

“We follow the true teachings of the religion and the true teachings do not teach us to bomb and kill people without reason,” he said.

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