The people of Palestine are not only being attacked with bombs and firearms but are also threatened with silent genocide by Israel, said Perdana Global Peace Foundation adviser Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir.
He said among the atrocities committed by Israel was throwing toxic wastes including from the sewage system into the sea which polluted the beaches of Gaza.
"The beaches of Gaza are polluted with numerous toxic wastes. Fish, which is the main source of food for the residents in Gaza are suspected to be poisoned by toxic wastes," he told reporters after receiving a contribution from the SME Bank at his office, here, today.
Mukhriz, who is also International Trade and Industry deputy minister, said the Israeli army also forced Palestinian fishermen to fish only up to six kilometres offshore.
"The sewerage system is also destroyed causing the sources of water in Gaza to be polluted. This caused the people of Gaza to suffer from numerous ailments and many have died from allegedly unknown causes.
"The deaths had to be reported as natural death cases and the number of such cases in Gaza is reported to be among the highest in the world," he said.