PUTRAJAYA MAY 15: The government of Malaysia condemns Israel’s escalation of violence and widespread bombardment on Palestine since May 7 starting with the attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque followed by military airstrikes on the Gaza Strip since May 10, 2021.
Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said, to date more than 119 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds more injured as a result of the Zionist regimes’s escalation of violence.
“These brutal and vicious attacks are very disturbing to Muslims all over the world as they were mounted not only in the holy month of Ramadan but continue till Syawal where Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid.
“Israel’s aggression on the Palestinians has violated the international law, human rights law, international humanitarian law, Charter of United Nations (UN) and is a war crime under the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention.
“Today I had a discussion over the phone with President of Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo and we agreed the regime’s despicable actions should cease immediately.
“We had similar views that the international community, especially the UN Security Council should act swiftly to cease all forms of violence committed by Israel and save the lives of Palestinians,” Muhyiddin said in a special message on Palestinian’s current situation on TV1 that was live telecasted here today.
In this regard he said, Malaysia will take the lead together with Indonesia and Brunei to issue a joint statement to strongly condemn Israel’s oppressive attacks on the Palestinians.
On another development, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold a virtual Emergency Meeting on OIC Executive Committee at the foreign ministers’ level to discuss the latest development in Palestine scheduled on May 16, 2021.
Muhyiddin said he was saddened like the rest of Malaysians and disappointed with the inability of the UN Security Council to immediately halt Israel’s escalation of violence against the Palestinians.
“To date, the UN Security Council has not issued any statement on the current situation in Palestine due to opposition from the United States of America.
“Nevertheless, Malaysia will continue with our efforts to urge the international community especially the UN Security Council to act swiftly in compelling Israel to stop its attacks on the Palestinians,” Muhyiddin reiterated.
The Prime Minister added, Malaysia continues to make bilateral contributions to Palestine and through the Humanitarian Trust Fund for People of Palestine (AAKRP) supervised by the Minister of Foreign Affairs have contributed USD10, 000 to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 2020. The contribution was channelled to the Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.
“In fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Malaysian government had contributed one million face masks, 500 face shields and 500,000 rubber gloves to the Palestinians. The products were sent via a special chartered plane to Amman, Jordan on May10, 2020.
“Last year Malaysia had contributed USD120, 000 to the UN Relief and Works Agency in the Near East (UNRWA) to cover the cost of its programmes for the year 2020,” said Muhyiddin-Malaysia World News