Malaysia expresses displeasure with Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

By Hakim Mahari

KUALA LUMPUR, 17 May 2021: Israel’s escalation of aggression and the systematic bombing of Palestine constitutes a war crime under the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention and a violation of international law, human rights law, international humanitarian law, and the United Nations Charter (UN), Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.

“Malaysia has been closely monitoring recent developments against our Palestinian brothers and sisters, especially the regime’s inhumane and hostile aggression in the Gaza Strip and massacres against Palestinians in the West Bank.

“These barbaric and vicious attacks have alarmed Muslims worldwide, all the more so since they began not only during the holy month of Ramadan but have continued into the month of Syawal when Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid.

“Indeed, the Israeli military’s heinous actions, especially the brutal bombing, shelling, and destruction of Palestinian property, without regard for Palestinians, must be strongly condemned by the rest of the world,” he said during a special address on the situation in Palestine that was broadcast live on RTM, Bernama, TV3, and Astro Awani.

He expressed disappointment at the international community’s inability, especially the United Nations Security Council, to immediately halt Israel’s escalation of violence against Palestinians.

“Malaysia will continue to support all efforts to achieve a fair and permanent solution, including through talks involving all relevant parties in accordance with international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.”

Meanwhile, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has urged all Malaysians to pray for the welfare of oppressed Palestinians.

According to Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, Comptroller of the Royal Household at Istana Negara, His Majesty also expressed his deep concern and support for the Palestinian cause.

Al-Sultan Abdullah urged all Malaysians, regardless of race or faith, to pray in accordance with their respective beliefs, praying for the protection of Palestinian rights and their liberation from Israeli occupation.

Ahmad Fadil added that His Majesty has also decreed that all mosques and surau across the country will hold “solat hajat” in order to seek Allah’s assistance in resolving the matter.

Additionally, a group of eminent journalists today condemned the Israeli military’s assault on a media organisation in Gaza yesterday.

“Israeli airstrikes demolished Al Jalas Tower, which housed many media organisations, including the Associated Press (AP) and Al Jazeera.

In a joint statement, they urged Israeli journalists to serve as the nation’s conscience by speaking out on Palestinians’ rights to coexist and prosper.

“We are appalled by the way certain segments of the Western media have characterised Palestinians as extremists, leftists, and terrorists, and have used these words liberally to justify the Israeli military’s massacres,” the statement reads.

The statement was signed by Tan Sri Johan Jaaffar, Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, Datuk Hushamuddin Yaakub, Datuk A. Kadir Jasin, Datuk Azman Ujang, Datuk Dr Chamil Wariya, Datuk Yong Soo Heong, Datuk Zakaria Wahab, and Datuk Ahiruddin Atan.***

Hakim Mahari

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