Our TV reports did not show our PM Najib condemning the act....only his concern about getting the Malaysians involved back safely. Was this because Najib do not want to hurt Malaysia's relationship with the US?
Israeli attack on flotilla: Release 600 detainees now
The incident is all the more heinous as it took place in international waters. has no jurisdiction there or over Gaza, which is under a virtual siege.
What was the crime of the flotilla? They were carrying 10,000 tonnes of school supplies, medical equipment and construction material. The supplies were sorely needed by impoverished Gaza residents, 80 per cent of whom rely on humanitarian aid.
Aliran supports the UN Security Council's statement calling for a prompt, impartial and transparent inquiry into Israel's attack on the flotilla.
We also demand the immediate release of close to 600 humanitarian volunteers from several countries who have been unjustly and illegally detained in centres across Israel. The ships bearing the cargo must be allowed to continue their voyage and Israel must end its three-year blockade on Gaza.
Aliran executive committee
1 June 2010
State terrorism by Israel must end
Such flagrant hostility is deplorable, particularly as it was perpetrated in a deliberate and unprovoked assault on a peaceful initiative, and in international waters. It seems evident that the degree of force employed was excessive and unwarranted, given the nature of this nonviolent humanitarian effort involving civilians. The aggression is offensive, and unacceptable.
The Malaysian Bar calls on the international community, particularly the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the European Union, to act urgently to curb Israel’s blatant violations of international law. These nations must not continue to condone the severe and recurring acts of state terrorism carried out by Israel. It is outrageous that governments that quickly and naturally take the moral high ground on many other matters fail utterly and miserably on the issue of the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people.
We are deeply concerned about the welfare of all those on the affected ship, including our fellow citizens, and sincerely hope for good news. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the attack.
June 2, 2010 A Statement from Amnesty International forwarded by the
GAZA: Call for International Inquiry into Activist Killings
Israel says its forces acted in self-defence but the level of lethal force used by Israeli troops appears to have been out of all proportion to any threat posed.
We are calling on Israel to launch an immediate credible and independent investigation into these killings, to allow the UN access to conduct an international inquiry, to provide the names and nationalities of those who were killed and injured, to allow access to those arrested, detained or in hospital by UK officials and their lawyers, to promptly release those who are currently detained unless they are charged with a recognizable criminal offence, to not employ excessive force against demonstrators protesting the events of 31 May, and to immediately lift the blockade.
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Crisis Response & Country Priorities
Background on the blockade:
The strict blockade that has been imposed by the Israeli authorities on the people of Gaza since June 2007 has depleted the resources of a collapsing economy. The population, more than half of which are children, suffers from high levels of poverty and dependence on aid. While Israel has a duty to protect its citizens, the measures it takes must conform to international humanitarian and human rights law. Collective punishment such as that caused by the blockade is prohibited under international law and constitutes a crime against humanity. So far, the international community has betrayed the people of Gaza by failing to back their words with effective action to secure the ending of the Israeli blockade. Read more on our blog
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