Israel Targetting Dr Mahathir's Ships
By Syed Akbar Ali
Tun Dr Mahathir gave a Press Conference at 4:30 pm today at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya. The Israelis had attacked the relief convoy of six ships that were headed for Gaza with medicines, wheel chairs and other supplies for the people of Gaza. The convoy had 600 people on board including volunteers over 80 years old.
None of them were armed with spears and Rambo knives as claimed by the Israelis. The Israelis fired on the ships from gunboats and helicopters. The attack took place 65 miles off the Gaza coast in international waters. Most seriously attacked was the MV Marmara.
19 people have been killed and over 30 injured. The ships have been towed by the Israelis to the Israeli naval base at Haifa.
There was a two man tv crew from Astro Awani on board the ship that was fired upon by the Istraelis. We pray for their safety.
There were three other ships funded by the Malaysian Perdana Global Peace Organisation or PGPO. Mathias Chang, Syamsul Akmar, the Member of Parliament from Parit Buntar and a few other Malaysians are on board those vessels. These vessels are not in danger yet because they are still two days away from the Gaza coast. They were delayed because of engine trouble and are still in Cyprus waters.
However it is possible that they may be sailing towards Gaza n'theless. I think this is a dangerous thing to attempt considering that the Israelis do not seem to care about any law that does not suit them. I hope Mathias Chang who is the man in charge will not put himself or his charges in harm's way. We have tried our best and we have also made our point. 19 people killed is just one too many.
Four ships in the flotilla were flying Turkish flags. There have since been massive demonstrations in Turkey and their ambassador to Israel has been recalled. Well this is what the Turks have got in return after years of pally pally relations with Israel.