Israeli Navy engaging Rachel Corrie

The sole survivor of the Freedom Flotilla MV Rachel Corrie draws nearer towards Gazan occupied coast this morning, somewhere 60 nautical miles and still in the international waters. Israeli Navy has been reported as ‘engaging’ in a ‘hostile’ manner the aid vessel which is sponsored by PGPO. PGPO acitivists on Rachel Corrie are Shamsul Akmar Musa Kamal, Matthias Chang, Ahmad Faizal Azumu, Parit MP Nizar Zakaria and TV3 journalist Halim Mohamed

0930 (Malaysian Time): Three Israeli Navy patrol boats are following Rachel Corrie

1000 (Malaysian Time): Israeli Navy boats coming towards Rachel Corrie. They tried to remain calm

1030 (Malaysian Time): Israelis jammed the Rachel Corrie radar using electronic counter measures.

Unconfirmed reports that Israeli troopers boarded Rachel Corrie. Communications has been broken

*Msg was transmitted by Matthias Chang. We will update more

*Updated 1330hrs (Malaysian Time). Israeli Navy has not boarded Rachel Corrie. It was made to understand that the Israelis are asking Rachel Corrie to proceed and dock at Ashdod

*Updated 1730hrs

Israeli Navy has taken over Rachel Corrie and now forcefully towing the freighter carried aid worker, activists and aids for Gazans to Israel of Ashdod. All on board remain safe.

*Updated 2330hrs

A statement from PGPO on the detention of Rachel Corrie

June5th 2238 Msian Time– The Perdana Global Peace Organisation (PGPO) demands the unconditional and immediate release of all peace activists, humanitarian aid workers and crew members aboard the Rachel Corrie that was illegally seized and forcibly towed at gunpoint to Ashdod by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
The Malaysian delegation consists of Member of Parliament, Nizar Zakaria, PGPO members Shamsul Akmar, Matthias Chang and Ahmad Faizal Azumu as well as two members of the press, Halim Mohamed and Jufri Judin from TV3. They are joined on board by former United Nations Assistant Secretary General, Dennis Halliday, Nobel Prize Laureate, Mairead Maguire, Derek and Jenny Graham from the Free Gaza Movement and documentary film maker Fiona Thompson.
The immoral and indefensible actions by the IDF in seizing and towing the Rachel Corrie from international waters to Ashdod thereby disallowing the aid ship from reaching the port of Gaza is an act of piracy. Israel has thus committed serious crimes on the high seas. PGPO demands that all kidnapped Malaysians and other nationals on board the Rachel Corrie be swiftly released unharmed.
Israel has no right to kidnap anyone especially from international waters nor forcibly detain and imprison them. Such primitive unilateral actions transgress international laws and fundamental human rights.
We call for Malaysians of all faiths and creed to pray for the safety of the kidnapped Malaysians as well as other members of the humanitarian aid flotilla. The people of Malaysia must stand united against injustice and cruelty perpetrated by the Zionist regime against members of the peace flotilla whose only crime is to want to lift the intolerable siege and alleviate the suffering of the innocent and brave people of Gaza.
Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir
Perdana Global Peace Organisation

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