Malaysians protest Israeli attacks on Gaza, as a consumer union calls for a boycott of US goods. A Malaysian consumer union has called for a worldwide boycott of US products, as protests in support of Gaza spread throughout the globe. "We urge Muslim consumers internationally to unite so that we can teach a lesson to Israel and its allies," an official with the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia, Ma"amor Osman, told reporters Friday. The ongoing deadly Israeli raids in Gaza have sparked protests around the world. At least 812 Palestinians have been killed and thousands others are reported wounded. "This is to object to the arrogance and cruelty of Israel and its allies towards the Palestinians," Osman added. The boycott targets over 100 American brands, such as Colgate-Palmolive, Coca-Cola and Starbucks. So far, more than 2000 Malaysian restaurant owners have backed up the association"s call by refusing to sell the American soft drink with their meals. In Kuala Lumpur, thousands have held two days of continuous protests, shouting anti-Israel slogans and burning effigies of US President George W. Bush and Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has urged international sanctions against Israel, saying the world has a "moral duty" to save the Palestinians. Former premier Mahathir Mohamad also called on Muslims worldwide to stop using the US dollar. "If enough of us do this, then the value (of the US dollar) will fall, just like what they did to us in 1997," he said, referring to the 1997 Asian economic crisis. Mahathir urged the United Nations to set up a war crimes tribunal to try Israeli leaders involved in the attacks against the Palestinians.