PETALING JAYA: Several church groups jointly condemned the assault by Israeli naval forces on the Gaza-bound ships ferrying humanitarian aid.
They are the World Council of Churches (WCC) and Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM).
WCC slammed the “assault and killing of innocent people” and “flagrant violation” of international law by Israel in attacking and boarding a humanitarian convoy in international waters, it said in a statement yesterday.CCM viewed the Israeli navy’s action as “unacceptable”.
“The unilateral use of force by the Israeli government to stop aid reaching the Palestinian people is unjust, and a clear denial of rights of the Palestinian people,” the statement added.
Both WCC and CCM called for an immediate stop to the violence and to end the economic blockade of Gaza.
In Kota Baru, Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat said special prayers would be held in the state on Friday to condemn the Israeli attack on the Gaza bound flotilla.
“I have also asked for the cooperation of the state religious council and mosque officials to order all mosques to hold the prayers, which would include special sermons to condemn the Israeli government for their uncivilised action,” he said.- Star, 3/6/2010, Groups slam Israeli attack on aid ships