Wednesday, 21 November 2012

MPs from both sides condemn Israeli attacks

KUALA LUMPUR: MPs from both sides of the political divide spoke with one voice to condemn the latest Israeli attack against the people of Palestine.

At the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, they unanimously approved an emergency motion moved by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to decry the military attacks.

The resolutions stated in the motion will be sent to all relevant legislative assemblies especially the US Congress, the British Parliament, the European Union Parliament, the UN secretary-general and the president of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

It also sought to urge the Security Council to compel Israel to immediately cease its military attacks on Gaza and deploy a peacekeeping force there.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz tabled the motion on Najib's behalf.

To a suggestion from Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar (PASTumpat) to sever all ties with Israel, Nazri said this was impossible as Malaysia practised free trade dealings.

“Malaysia has never had import and export ties with Israel. Malaysia is a nation that practises free trade so we cannot control international trade, including the destination of our products,” he said when winding up the debate on the emergency motion.

Kamaruddin had suggested that Malaysia cut all ties with Israel including the sale of palm oil to them via third party nations.

During the debate, Datuk Teng Boon Soon (BN-Tebrau) urged the Security Council to respect the resolutions and the rights of the Palestinians to rebuild their nation.

Datuk Ismail Kassim (BN-Arau) described the attack against Palestinians an “unfair war” and that “it is not a religious issue but one of humanitarian and basic rights”.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PKR-Permatang Pauh) said Israel would not have attacked without the “blessings” of the United States.

“This Dewan should urge the US to come up with a fair and reasonable stand and stop Israel from executing women and children,” he said.

Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur) expressed disappointment with US president Barack Obama who reportedly said Israel had the right to defend itself but at the same time contradicted himself by saying “violence is not the answer”.



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