07 Jun, 2010

[ hang nadim] Dr M: Gaza aid may need to be sent via land

KUALA LUMPUR: A new assessment on the effectiveness of shipping humanitarian relief aid to Gaza has to be made to ensure the aid reaches the people of Gaza, said former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“We have to make an assessment first as to the effectiveness of the method of bringing relief to Gaza. This is not just a propaganda.

“We are very worried that the cement for example is not allowed by the Israelis to be imported into Gaza. They (Palestinians) may make use of it to build military bunkers to fight against them (Israelis), but without the cement they (Palestinians) cannot build the houses,” said Dr Mahathir, when asked on the next move of the Perdana Global Peace Organisation (PGPO) to bring aid to the Gazans following the hijacking of the relief vessels by Israel’s navy.

He was speaking to reporters on Sunday night after launching the inaugural charity fund to raise funds for the development of a new Kiblah Education Complex in Jenderam Hilir, Sepang, which will comprise a secondary school, a tahfiz centre and a linguistics centre, under the patronage of Yayasan Kebajikan Nusantara (Yakin).

When asked whether humanitarian aid can be transported by air, he said that he did not think so, and added that “it might be by land”.

“If Egypt opens it border with Raffah, they want to examine everything and every item that we take and that may cause delays, and also they may consider certain things as dangerous,” he said. - Bernama

Malaysia wants Israel referred to International Criminal Court (Update 1)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia on Monday called on the world community to bring a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly to refer Israeli’s atrocities to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The proposal was contained in a special motion tabled in the Dewan Rakyat by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The 15-point motion, among others, proposed that the May 31 incident where Israeli forces stormed the humanitarian aid ship “Mavi Marmara” bound for blockaded Gaza be also referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for an “advisory opinion”.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, right, tables a motion to discuss the condemnation of Israel's attack on a humanitarian aid flotilla headed to Gaza at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
In tabling the motion, Najib also proposed that Turkey, which lost nine of its nationals in the Israeli commando attack on the ship, consider action under the provisions of the Rome Statute of the ICC.

The motion strongly condemned Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu for having allowed the regime’s military forces to act beyond the bounds of humanitarian norms against the people of various countries, including Malaysia, who had joined the Freedom Flotilla aid mission to Gaza.

The motion, seconded by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, states that Malaysians were deeply dismayed with the inability of the international community, particularly the United Nations Security Council to strongly protest the violent acts of the Zionist regime.

Among the other resolutions include: - To urge countries to propose a motion to the United Nations General Assembly to seek an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice,

- Request Turkey to consider initiating action under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and call for an independent investigation to be conducted on the attack,

- Demanding Israel not to block any humanitarian aid convoy to the Palestinian people in Gaza, and

- Appeal to the international community to continue extending humanitarian aid to the people in the Palestinian Territories in Gaza without being intimidated and undaunted by Israeli threats.

It also seeks the approval of the Dewan Rakyat to cooperate with the member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Arab League and other like-minded countries to uphold the principles of international law in dealing with the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Meanwhile, the Dewan Rakyat sitting for Monday will be extended until the motion tabled by the Prime Minister is dealt with.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abd Aziz tabled a motion to extend the sitting until the MPs taking part in the debate were done.

Due to time constraints, Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia has alloted only 10 minutes for each MP to debate while Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PKR - Permatang Pauh) will be given a longer time.

One MP was selected from each party for the debate, and another from the independent MPs.

Among them are MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (BN -Bentong), DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng (DAP - Bagan), MIC vice-president Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam (BN - Segamat), Gerakan deputy secretary-general Liang Teck Meng (BN - Simpang Renggam), Datuk Douglas Unggah Embas (PBB), Datuk Seri Hadi Awang (PAS - Marang), Datuk Peter Chin (SUPP), Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh (Upko), Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun (PRS),Tan Sri Joseph Kurup (PBRS), Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (SPDP) and Datuk Liew Vui Keong (LDP).

The 15 points of motion condemning Israel:

1. Condemning in the strongest terms the attack by the military of the Zionist regime under the leadership of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Gaza-bound humanitarian aid ship, which resulted in the loss of lives and injury to civilians;

2. Recording the utmost disappointment over the weak statement of the United Nations Security Council against the violent attack of the Zionist regime on the aid ship;

3. Deciding to call on the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel and not just make weak statements;

4. Deciding for Malaysia to cooperate with member countries of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Arab League and like-minded nations to uphold the principles of international law, including human rights laws, international humanitarian laws and the United Nations Charter, in handling the humanitarian crisis in Gaza;

5. Calling on like-minded countries to bring a resolution to the United Nations Security Council to refer the Zionist regime's attack (on the aid ship) to the International Criminal Court (ICC);

6. Calling on like-minded countries to bring a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly to seek an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ);

7. Proposing that Turkey consider action under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC);

8. Urging that a fully independent investigation, and not just an impartial probe, be conducted on the attack by the military of the Zionist regime;

9. Supporting fully the call of the international community, particularly the Human Rights Council via the resolution adopted on June 2, 1010, for an independent and accountable investigation into this attack;

10. Demanding that Israel not obstruct any humanitarian aid convoy for the Palestinian people, especially in Gaza, in accordance with Resolution 1860 of the United Nations Security Council;

11. Welcoming the action of Egypt in its unconditional opening of the Rafah border to ensure that humanitarian aid can be channelled unimpeded;

12. Appealing to the international community to continue providing humanitarian aid to the people of Palestine in Gaza without heed or fear of the threat from the Zionist regime;

13. Recording appreciation for Jordan, Turkey, Ireland, the Philippines and other countries which had been engaged in the efforts to free the Malaysian nationals detained by the Zionist regime;

14. Urging the Palestinian people to unite with the purpose of safeguarding their fundamental rights to establish an independent, free and sovereign Palestine state;

15. Expressing the undivided support of the Malaysian people for the struggle of the Palestinian people towards the establishment of an independent, free and sovereign state. - Bernama

All 19 on board aid ship MV Rachel Corrie safe

AMMAN: All 19 people on board the seized aid ship MV Rachel Corrie, including six Malaysians, five Irish nationals and crew, are safe.

One of the last contacts with the ship before it was seized by Israeli troops and forced to divert to Ashdod under escort was at 5.47am (10.47am Malaysian time).

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s secretary Sufi Yusuf said he had contacted Perdana Global Peace Orga-nisation representative Shamsul Akmar on board, who told him that Rachel Corrie was followed by three Israeli navy ships from a distance of six to 10 miles for two hours.

At that time, Sufi said, there had been no interception by the Israeli ships of Rachel Corrie, which was 55 miles from the Gaza port.

Shortly after, however, Rachel Corrie’s radar system was jammed by Israel and the communication lines went down.

For about seven hours, no one was able to get in touch with the ship.

“There was a lot uncertainty because we did not know what Israel was up to,” Sufi added.

At that time, Israel kept denying that it had already seized Rachel Corrie and instead said it was defiantly making its way towards Gaza with no signs of changing course despite repeated warnings.

Shortly after, Wisma Putra issued a statement, quoting Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah Aman as saying that Malaysia strongly demanded Israel to ensure the safety of all humanitarian activists on board Rachel Corrie, which “was seized by Israeli Defence Force (IDF) early morning of 5 June, 2010.”

He said Malaysia demanded that Israel to not take “any drastic and violent military action on the unarmed passengers of the Rachel Corrie” and they should be given the necessary assistance to ensure their safety and deliver the aid to Gaza.

The six are Shamsul, lawyer Matthias Chang, Parit MP Nizar Zakaria, activist Ahmad Faizal Azu-mu, and TV3 crew members Halim Mohamed and Jufri Junid.

Not long after the release of Anifah’s statement, Israel said it had boarded Rachel Corrie and taken control of the ship.

There was speculation that Anifah’s statement saying that Malaysia knew Israel had seized the ship “in the early morning” might have thrown a spanner in the works for what Israel was trying to do by initially denying it.

Anifah told Bernama that the ship had been seized at 9.45am Gaza time (2.45pm Malaysian time).

Those on board had repeatedly said that their destination was Gaza but if they were forced to go to Ashdod, they would comply.

An Israeli government spokesman said the group had approached Israel illegally and would be dealt with in accordance with Israeli law, and deported, provided they signed the relevant forms. Sufi said Perdana Global demanded that the Israel Defence Force give safe and fair treatment to all on board and not abuse them in anyway.

“There is no justification to hold them. They have been abducted from high seas. They should be released immediately,” he said.

When Rachel Corrie later docked at Ashdod and as at 12.45am Malaysian time, Malaysia has yet to establish contact with its nationals on board.

In Malaysia, relatives of those on board expressed concern about their safety. “We have no news from the ship. Everything we know is from the Free Gaza and the Perdana Global websites,” said a relative.

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Sukarelawan disiasat dalam keadaan bogel

Oleh Rasmi Abdullah

SHAH ALAM 6 Jun - Gara-gara fesyen rambut seperti komando menyebabkan seorang sukarelawan Malaysia ke Gaza disoal siasat dalam keadaan berbogel kira-kira 30 minit kerana dikaitkan dengan rangkaian al-Qaeda.

Exco Muslim Care Malaysia, Abd. Halim Mohd. Redzuan (gambar), 40, memberitahu, antara soalan yang ditanya oleh tentera Israel adakah beliau mempunyai kaitan dengan rangkaian al-Qaeda.

"Saya jawab tiada kaitan langsung kerana saya hanya sukarelawan yang datang untuk memberi bantuan kepada penduduk Palestin.

"Mereka mungkin menyangka saya pengganas sebab rambut saya di dalam pasport panjang sedangkan semasa ditahan, saya berambut pendek seperti seorang komando,"

"Nasib baik tentera Israel dapat menerima jawapan itu tanpa banyak soalan," katanya ketika ditemui di majlis kesyukuran menyambut kepulangan Konvoi Lifeline4gaza di Dewan Merbau Seksyen 17 di sini hari ini.

Beliau dan 11 lagi sukarelawan Malaysia, termasuk dua wakil media adalah antara sukarelawan yang berada di atas kapal Mavi Marmara yang membawa bantuan kemanusiaan ke Gaza.

Mereka dibebaskan oleh Israel pada Rabu lepas, dua hari setelah kapal Turki yang dinaiki untuk menghantar bantuan kemanusiaan kepada rakyat Palestin di Gaza itu, diserang tentera rejim itu.

Penganjur konvoi kemanusiaan tersebut digelar "Freedom Flotilla" dan kesemua sukarelawan Malaysia itu tiba di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) di sini pada kira-kira 5.40 pagi ini.

Tambah Abd. Halim, dia ditahan selama 15 jam tanpa diberi makanan dan minuman di penjara yang lain daripada rakan-rakan sukarelawan lain dan tidak dibenarkan untuk membuang air.

Katanya, dia dipenjarakan bersama seorang Ahli Parlimen dari Bahrain dan pegawai masjid dari Indonesia.

Menurut Abd. Halim, askar Israel tidak memberitahunya bahawa beliau akan dibebaskan tetapi hanya dimaklumkan mahu dipindahkan ke penjara lain.

"Apa yang saya fikirkan ketika itu hanya satu iaitu penjara bawah tanah, tidak sangka pula saya dibawa ke sempadan Jordan dan ketika itu saya dapat berjumpa rakan-rakan lain, saya amat lega apabila melihat mereka.

"Apabila sudah sampai di sempadan Jordan, baru saya hubungi Pengerusi Lifeline4Gaza Malaysia, Zulkifli Mohd. Nani kerana kebetulan saya masih menyimpan kad namanya dan kemudian baru saya hubungi isteri, Nordalela Abd. Alim," jelasnya.

Menceritakan detik-detik cemas ketika kapal Mavi Marmara diserang, katanya, semasa serangan bertubi-tubi askar Israel, dia turut terkena tembakan di bahagian belakang kepala dan belakang badan tetapi nasib baik peluru yang digunakan hanya peluru getah.

Abd. Halim berkata, walaupun hanya terkena peluru getah tetapi kesakitan tetap terasa dan dia amat bersyukur kerana masih boleh bernafas sehingga ke hari ini.

Ditanya mengenai perancangannya selepas ini, Abd. Halim yang berasal dari Klang berkata, buat masa ini beliau hanya ingin meluangkan masa bersama-sama keluarga.

Sementara itu, Ketua Misi Konvoi Malaysia dan Indonesia, Noorazman Mohd. Samsuddin, 41, menceritakan, pengalaman duduk di antara dua sujud selama lebih 15 jam tanpa makan dan minum dengan keadaan tangan diikat ke belakang sememangnya satu pengalaman pahit dalam hidupnya.

Bagaimanapun Noorazman berkata, pengalaman perit itu tidak sekali-kali akan melemahkan semangatnya.

Menurutnya, selepas ini mereka merancang menghantar satu lagi misi konvoi bantuan kemanusiaan lain ke Gaza, cuma masanya belum ditetapkan lagi.

Katanya, selepas diikat semua sukarelawan dibawa ke sebuah penjara dalam keadaan mata yang ditutup selama kira-kira sembilan jam sebelum ditahan di penjara yang menempatkan dua hingga empat orang dalam satu sel selama 12 jam sebelum dibebaskan.

''Bagaimanapun, selepas mereka berpuas hati dengan soal jawab yang berlangsung, kami disuruh keluar dari Israel secepat mungkin kerana menurut mereka, jika kami berada lebih daripada tiga hari di situ, kami boleh dibicarakan," katanya.

Israel usir semua aktivis Rachel Corrie

BAITULMUQADDIS - Tujuh daripada 19 sukarelawan yang menaiki kapal misi bantuan ke Gaza, MV Rachel Corrie diusir dari Israel semalam ketika masyarakat dunia semakin lantang menuntut sekatan laut di wilayah Palestin itu ditarik balik.

Seorang pegawai Israel, Sabine Haddad berkata, baki 12 sukarelawan lagi pula diusir lewat semalam.

"Semua yang berada di atas kapal Rachel Corrie akan diusir pada hari Ahad (semalam) selepas mereka menandatangani pengakuan melepaskan hak mereka untuk merayu keputusan pengusiran tersebut di mahkamah Israel," katanya.

Kenyataan tersebut dikeluarkan selepas Perdana Menteri Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu mempertahankan tindakan pasukan komando menyerbu armada kecil yang menghantar bantuan kemanusiaan ke Gaza dengan menyebabkan sembilan maut pada Isnin lepas.

Nentanyahu berkata, Israel tidak sesekali akan memansuhkan sekatan laut ke atas Gaza kerana bimbang situasi itu akan digunakan oleh Iran untuk menyeludup senjata kepada kumpulan Hamas di wilayah berkenaan.

Bagaimanapun, Setiausaha Agung Rendah bagi Hal Ehwal Kemanusiaan Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB), John Holmes berkata, badan dunia itu akan cuba memujuk rejim Zionis supaya melonggarkan sekatan terhadap Gaza.

"Kami akan menggunakan peluang daripada tragedi yang berlaku untuk memujuk Israel supaya mengubah dasarnya," kata Holmes. - AFP

Malaysia wants aid to flow to Gaza without fear of Israeli regime2010/06/07

Share | KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today tabled a special motion in the Dewan Rakyat condemning an Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, and urged the international community to continue providing humanitarian aid to the people of Palestine in blockaded Gaza without heed or fear of the threat from the Israeli regime.
He also criticised the United Nations Security Council which he said adopted a partial stand when it came to issues involving the Israeli regime.

The 15-point motion called on the UN Security Council to condemn the Zionist regime under the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which had attacked the Freedom Flotilla humanitarian aid convoy in international waters on May 31.

"Malaysia records the utmost disappointment over the weak statement of the United Nations Security Council against the violent attack of the Zionist regime on the aid ship.

"Malaysia calls on the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel and not just make weak statements," he said. - Bernama

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