Mukhriz dan Tun Dr. Mahathir amat prihatin kepada nasib Palestin di Gaza

Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir, Exco Pemuda UMNO hal ehwal antarabangsa telah memberikan temuramah secara langsung (melalui telefon) mengenai isu rakyat Palestin terbaru, terutama mereka di Gaza, yang kebelakangan ini diserang dan kepung secara total (blockade) oleh Tentera Zionis IDF, dalam channel 123 Awani (Astro) pada Selasa 22 Januari 2008.

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Ulasan dan pandangan beliau mengenai isu yang dibangkitkan menunjukan kefahaman mendalam dan kematangan tinggi.

Soal bahawa bekalan elektrik dan air terputus keseluruh jajahan bawah takluk Israel, Gaza dibangkitkan. Tindakan Yahudi Zionis ini amat kejam kerana mereka yang tidak berdosa, seperti kanak kanak dan mereka yang sakit dan menerima rawatan dihospital turut menderita kerana dinafikan bekalan utiliti asas, termasuk makanan dan ubat ubatan.

Apabila ditanya mengenai peranan OIC, beliau menjawab Malaysia selaku Pengerusi badan negara negara Islam itu wajar berusaha untuk menghantar bahan bahan keperluan terdesak (bahan makanan dan ubatan) untuk penduduk Gaza yang diserang dan kepung secara total (blockade) itu, sebagai usaha tindakan kemanusiaan meringankan bebanan dan penderitaan mereka. Tambah beliau lagi, sekiranya ini berjaya dilakukan, tindakan ini akan sedikit sebanyak memberikan ‘kesedaran diplomatik’ kepada negara negara Islam yang berada sekeliling dan lebih dekat rantau bergolak itu bertindak dan menyumbang, setidak tidak menyusuri langkah murni Malaysia itu.

Dipetik dari Portal BBC.com

Gazans flood through Egypt border

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Gazans have suffered shortages for months

Crossing the border

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have surged into Egypt from the Gaza Strip after masked militants destroyed parts of the border wall.

Gazans rushed to buy food, fuel and other supplies that have become scarce because of an Israeli blockade – aimed at stopping rocket attacks from Gaza.

Egyptian police took no action to stop people crossing.

Egypt‘s President Hosni Mubarak says he allowed Gazans in to buy food, but Israel urged Egypt to restore security.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya called for urgent talks with Egypt and his Palestinian rival, President Mahmoud Abbas, on border crossings.

Map of the Egypt-Gaza border area

“We do not want to control everything, we are part of the Palestinian people,” Mr Haniya said, apparently in response to an offer from Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayad to control Gaza‘s borders – so far rejected by Israel.

Hamas has controlled Gaza since last June.

Correspondents say the breaching of the border is a security concern for Israel, as Egypt is a main source of weapons for the militant groups in Gaza.

“We want to buy rice and sugar, milk and wheat and some cheese”

Ibrahim Abu Taha,
Gaza resident

Eyewitness: Drama at border

In pictures: Border breached

Gaza diary: Day One

But the BBC’s Tim Franks in Rafah on the Gaza-Egypt border says it will be difficult for the Egyptians to reseal the border on their own, and Hamas has very little incentive to co-operate.

Palestinians have broken through the border before, in 2005, and it was quickly resealed with barbed wire, but reports say that on this occasion two-thirds of the border wall was destroyed.

Overnight, gunmen set off a number of explosions along the wall near the Rafah crossing.

EGYPT-GAZA BORDER

12km (7.4 miles) long

Egyptian side patrolled by 750 soldiers under 2005 agreement with Israel

Border crossing terminal south of town of Rafah

PA control of terminal under EU supervision collapsed after Hamas takeover of Gaza in June 2007

Border closed almost continuously since

People then packed into cars and donkey carts, or crossed the border on foot, to buy essential goods.

Among them was Ibrahim Abu Taha, a father of seven, who told the Associated Press news agency: “We want to buy rice and sugar, milk and wheat and some cheese.”

One Gaza woman told the BBC as she crossed the border: “We’re going over there to our family. They’re all there. I haven’t seen [them] for 10 years.”

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Mostly sealed

President Mubarak said he had allowed the Palestinians to come in.

GAZA BLOCKADE

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17 January: Israel seals border following rise in rocket attacks

20 January: Gaza’s only power plant to shuts down

22 January: Israel eases restrictions

22 January: Egyptian border guards disperse Palestinian protest against closure

23 January: Border wall breached

Gaza’s rocket threat to Israel

‘Wartime’ on Israeli border

Profile: Gaza Strip

He said he had told Egyptian troops to “let them come to eat and buy food and go back, as long as they are not carrying weapons”.

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Arye Mekel said his government was concerned about the chaos.

But in a BBC interview, he added: “It’s the responsibility of Egypt to ensure that the border operates properly according to the signed agreements.”

US State Department spokesman Tom Casey said Washington was concerned about the situation, as was Egypt.

In recent months the border has been mostly sealed, in an understanding between Israel and Egypt.

The territory has been short of fuel and other essential goods since last week, when Israel imposed the blockade.

It was eased slightly on Tuesday to allow some fuel and medicines through.

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Semenjak Hamas berjaya menubuhkan kerajaan selepas piliharaya umum palestin dua tahun lepas, penduduk penduduk Palestin terutama di Gaza telah ‘dihukum’ dengan pelbagai “perang tanpa pengisytiharan” (undeclared war). Ini menyebabkan pihak pihak yang menyokong Gaza makin mengeluarkan pelbagai kenyataan berbaur kesediaan mereka untuk terus bergolak dengan kekasaran dengan rejim Zionis Yahudi yang telah menunjukan kemampuan mereka untuk berlaku kejam dan serangan tidak berperikemanusiaan.

Dalam temuramah melalui telefon itu, Dato Mukhriz juga menyebut bahawa beliau lebih minat untuk orang orang Palestin berunding, berbanding dengan pengunaan senjata dan pendekatan keganasan untuk mencapai objektif dan sampai kepada apa yang dihajati.

Pencapaian rundingan mestilah menghasilkan keuntungan seimbang kepada dua dua buah pihak dan bukan Yahudi-Zionis Israel sahaja, sebagai Tentera Penjajah bumi Palestin”.

Ada laporan mengatakan bahawa sebahagian dari Kabinet Israel sendiri amat berminat agar gencatan senjata dilaksanakan serta merta. Ianya sebagai respons kepada laporan pemimpin Hamas Ismail Haniyeh diberitakan bersedia untuk menghentikan serangan roket dari wilayah Palestin kearah penempatan Yahudi Israel. Diberitakan 350,000 penduduk Gaza telah menyeberang ke Mesir, untuk mencari perlindungan dan keperluan asas.

Pandangan Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir, yang juga Penyelaras Aman Malaysia merupakan kenyataan komprehensif mengenai isu yang menyelubungi rakyat Palestin di Gaza, yang sedang dalam bahaya dan kesulitan itu.

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Dalam pada itu, semasa ditanya pemberita dalam majlis pelancaran The Loaf, Pavilion petang semalam, mantan Perdana Menteri Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad memberi kenyataan ini, mengenai lawatan Presiden George W Bush ke Asia Barat baru baru ini dan keadaan di Gaza (dipetik dari Utusan):

Sementara itu, menjawab soalan lain, Dr. Mahathir berkata, lawatan Presiden Amerika Syarikat (AS), George W. Bush ke Asia Barat tidak mendatangkan sebarang manfaat kepada mana-mana pihak.

‘‘Kalau dia (Bush) boleh menghentikan tindakan Israel untuk menyekat bekalan elektrik baguslah juga tetapi selepas selesai lawatan Presiden Amerika itu, bekalan elektrik masih terputus.

‘‘Di Malaysia, jika elektrik terputus sejam sahaja orang sudah mengamuk tetapi ini sehingga berhari-hari dan boleh mengancam nyawa pesakit yang bergantung hidup pada mesin bantuan pernafasan. Saya rasa amat sedih,’’ katanya.

Keseragaman pendapat dua pemimpin anak beranak secara berasingan ini mengenai nasib rakyat Palestin di Gaza hari ini menunjukan keprihatin dan pekaan mereka berdua dengan maklumat terkini.

Published in: on January 23, 2008 at 23:15  Comments (5)