Tun Dr. Mahathir launch the KLFCW Gaza Fund

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Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who is Chairman of Perdana Global Peace Organisation launched the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (Gaza) Fund (KLFCW (Gaza) Fund) here in Perdana Leadership Foundation, Putrajaya.

Bernama.com has the story:

August 12, 2009 15:44 PM

Gaza Fund Launched To Help Palestinians In Gaza

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 12 (Bernama) — Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Wednesday launched the Gaza Fund to raise money to purchase a cargo boat to transport aid to Gaza.

He said there was urgency in raising funds for the purchase of the vessel because with winter approaching, the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza would worsen.

He also welcomed Malaysians to volunteer and join the effort since they needed as much participation as possible.

“Of course, there is limitation in terms of the capacity on board.

“But we want to carry building materials as we need to rebuild the houses, because they (Palestinians) are now living in tents and when winter comes, it will be terrible for the old, sick and children. Many of them may die because of the winter,” he told reporters at the Perdana Leadership Foundation, here.

Also present were his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, chairman of the Free Gaza Movement Huwaida Arraf and trustee of Yayasan Salam Datuk Ahmad A. Talib.

Mahathir also announced that the prime minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is the patron of the Palestinian Humanitarian Fund, donated RM1.5 million to the Gaza Fund.

It also received another RM100,000 from individuals and companies after the launching.

“I think we need about RM3.5 milion to buy the boat. Beyond that, of course we need to buy supplies, construction materials and other things so that they can rebuild their city,” he said.

Asked whether boycotting Israel could be one of the solutions, Mahathir said: “Boycotting Israel is nothing because its capacity is quite small but it is the country behind Israel, and that is America.

“America has lots of products all over the world and whether we like it or not, people have to buy, and the attempt to boycott American products had not been successful.

“People still want to drink Coca-Cola, so they just don’t respond (to the campaign). I think that’s not a very good strategy, but this (Gaza Fund) is something really worthwhile and hopefully, it can open the eyes of the world.”

Meanwhile, Huwaida said their next mission to Gaza would be in early October before the winter season and the movement hoped that people around the world would stand with the Palestinians.

“We are concerned about the human rights of the Palestinian people.

We need to supply the materials to allow them to rebuild their lives,” she said.

–BERNAMA

By: Ramjit

 

The Gazans, who were under attack and seize by the brutal Zionist Israelis since last year, suffered heavy losses in lives and properties since the onslaught late lats year. Over 1,400 innocent non combatant lives were gone, on top of 3,600 homes complete desttoryed and 4,000 other homes severly damaged. All major settlement area within the small Gazan strip were systematically bombed and shelled by the brutal Israeli military. Schools, hospitals and factories were destroyed.

Upon the simmering of the attacks, Israel deined access into the area. Not only commercial goods were not allowed, basic necessities which include food and medicine were not allowed to pass through. Even international aide workers and UN sanctioned misssions were denied access. There were reports that UN sanctioned aide missions were actually attacked by Israeli gunships. The brutal Zionists even deployed chemical weapons in their criminl activity of genocide. Hence, the blockade continued.

According to UN officials, at one point they only had food for 30,000 people where else there is a requirement for at least 900,000 people, which include women, old folks, children and infants.

Despite under extreme hardships, the Gazans were resolved in their stance of wanting freedom in their own homeland.

NGOs such as Free Gaza Movement were established to help the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza. They are comprised of international communities to pressure for the basic human rights for the Gazans. Since the Gazans were denied of the basic human rights to move freely within their own homeland, under occupied Israeli invasion and also denied basic necessities, Free Gaza people are determined to break through the Isreali military blockade. This will give hope for the Gazans that the international communities are sympathetic with their plight and hence will promote for a more forceful international pressure to make sure the Gazans enjoy their freedom.

The KLCFW (Gaza) Fund is launched today to make sure that assitance, in terms of medical, food and building material supplies are allowed through to the Gazans, in anticipation of the upcoming winter by November. The Free Gaza Movement plan to buy vessels and carry the necessary supplies and prominent personalities, which include politicians, diplomats, professionals and even celebrities sail through the blockade in a flotillla of ships. The Free Gaza Movement plan to sail from Lanarca, Greece for this on going missions.

In the past, they have managed to break through the Israeli blockade by sea five times. This include the 30 June expedition which include US congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, whose fishing thrawler was rammed by Israeli Navy. Then Israeli commandoes boarded the humanitarian mission vessel.

Since the effort that the Free Gaza Movement planned to do involved vessels that would be exposed to extreme risk by the Israeli military, these activitsts will not able to get any vessels to lease or rent for their mission. Hence, they need to acquire their own vessels.

RM 85,000.00 were collected today by donors. Amongst the generous corporate donors who started the ball rolling are Emkay Group, Iris Corporation, The Malay Mail and M Suites Hotel of Johor Bahru. The Palestinian Relief Fund under the auspicies of Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor donated another RM 1.5 million for the fund launched today. Yayasan Salam will be the partner to KLFCW Gaza Fund and Free Gaza Movement to help create awareness and raise funds.

All contributions by cheque can be issued to: KLFCW (Gaza Fund). KLFCW stands for the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War. The cheques can be addressed to the KLFCW c/o Perdana Global Peace Organisation, 5th Floor, 88, Jalan Perdana, Taman Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Cash contributions can be channeled to KLFCW Maybank Account: 5123 3430 6634

 

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