Freedom Flotilla which sailed from Turkey carrying activists, aid workers and basic aid for the war stricken Gazans was attacked by Israeli Defense Forces this morning. IDF gunships opened fire on the non combattant liner which houses 800 activists and aid workers ranging from 1 year old to 80 year before full battle fatigue Israeli commandos boarded Mavi Marmara in open international waters.
Aljazeera.net report on this vessel which comprises of non combatant activists. No other communications received after Israeli commandos boarded the ship.
Unconfirmed reports stated that Israeli Defense Forces commandos already seized control of six vessels under the Freedom Flotilla mission. The attack on MV Mavi Marmara is thought to be at a location 65km of the coast of Gaza. Official Israeli statement stated that “The Freedom Flotilla violated naval blockade on Gazan coast”.
Since last week, Israeli and New Con Jewish controlled media have been hyping the news that this flotilla is an attempt for provocation against the sovereignty of Israel and Israeli Defense Forces would attempt to stop any aid mission directly to Gaza, for their excuse that aids would enhance position of Hamas. Thus further threaten Jews and State of Israel. Any attempt to reach Gaza would be intercepted and diverted to Israeli port of Ashdod where the activists either deported back to their home nation or face trial and jail in an Israeli prison.
Perdana Global Peace Organisation President Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad would be calling for a media conference on the brutal attack at his office in Perdana Leadership Foundation, Precinct 8, Putrajaya at 400pm.
All PGPO activists on board MV Rachel Corrie is safe as the vessel is one day away behind this main flotilla which was attacked by the Israeli commandos. So far six Malaysians on board MV Mavi Marmara is safe but the fate of two Astro Awani journalists Ashwad Ismail and Shamsul Kamal is not known.
Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad regards Israel as “arrogant and rogue state”. Bernama.com report on Tun Dr. Mahathir’s media conference:
May 31, 2010 21:19 PM
Malaysia Condemns Israeli Raid On Gaza Aid Flotilla
PUTRAJAYA, May 31 (Bernama) — Perdana Global Peace Organisation (PGPO) chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad condemned Israel’s interception of an aid flotilla bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip Monday.
“I feel very angry that the Israelis have used force against people totally unarmed. I am sure the Israelis will say that these people are carrying weapons. That is ridiculous,” he told a media conference here.
“We have made certain that they are all non-combatant and they come from many parts of the world including America and Europe.
“Their intention is to travel in boats to deliver the supply to Gaza. They know that the Israelis may try to stop them, but we don’t expect the Israelis to resort to such violence as to shoot with live bullets.
“The Israelis claim these people have sharp objects. I don’t know what is meant by sharp objects,” he said.
The flotilla, originally made up of nine ships, was organised by pro-Palestinian groups and a Turkish human rights organisation.
One of the ships, Mavi Marmara, was attacked by Israeli soldiers Monday morning, near Gaza, with two Malaysians — a journalist and a cameraman from Astro Awani — on board and their fate is still unknown.
However, six PGPO representatives who are in another ship, are safe.
Dr Mahathir said his order to the PGPO representatives was to go ahead and pull back if there is warning from the Israeli army.
Updating the location of the three PGPO ships, the former prime minister said they were still in the Mediterranean on the way to Gaza.
He said two ships broke down, thus making them a bit far behind to join the other six ships that gathered in Cyprus earlier.
“It will take at least three days for them (Malaysian ships) to reach Gaza,” he added.
Asked on his message to United States President Barack Obama following the incident, Dr Mahathir said: “He could make promises during the elections like in Malaysia too. Especially when you thought you were not going to win, you made more promises. When you have won, you find that you cannot fulfill the promises.
“I have said this before. I never thought Obama would be able to do anything against Israel because when addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (IPAC), a Jewish lobby group, he was reported to have expressed continued support for Israel,” he said.
Obama had previously said he was promoting a more stable and prosperous Middle East in the United States’ long-term national security and economic interests.
Meanwhile, the Malay Consultative Council and 126 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will hold a peaceful demonstration and hand over a protest note against the Israeli aggression to the US embassy at 11am Tuesday.
At a press conference here Monday, Pertubuhan Peribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) president Datuk Ibrahim Ali said they would also perform “hajat” prayers and hold a “tahlil” session at the Kampung Baru Mosque at 7.15 Tuesday where Dr Mahathir is also expected to attend.
Ibrahim said as Malaysia had no diplomatic relations with Israel, the rally organisers wanted the US ambassador here to pass on the protest note to the Israeli prime minister.
He said Israel had become arrogant and brutal because it was supported by the big powers, especially the US.
“I am urging all Malaysians who condemn such brutality and join our peaceful demonstration tomorrow,” he said.
Several Malay NGOs lead by PERKASA, GPMS, Majlis Perundingan Melayu and several others will hold a protest march in front of the US Embassy in Jalan Tun Razak tomorrow, Tuesday 1 June 2010 @ 1030hrs. They are expected to enter the embassy grounds and hand over their protest note by 1100hrs.
The same group would be holding a special tahlil prayer session at Masjid Jamek Kampung Baru after maghrib (1930hrs) on the same evening.
Malaysian sponsored aid vessel for Gaza MV Rachel Corrie is steaming full speed ahead towards Gaza despite the brutal attack on the Freedom Flotilla, which saw the killings on board MV Mavi Marmara.