Nov 20, 2012

Malaysia - Malaysia urges UN Security Council to act on Israeli attacks in Gaza

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has called on the United Nations Security Council to act against Israeli military raids on Gaza.

The Malaysian parliament is also expected to pass a motion condemning the Israeli attacks.

Mahmud Al Sammouni, a Palestinian student, recalls how Israeli soldiers raided his home in Gaza City, three years ago when he was only 12. He lost his entire family in the Israeli assault of July 2009.

He is now 15, and Mahmud said "enough is enough".

Standing outside the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Mahmud appealed for an immediate ceasefire and an end to the renewed violence in the Gaza strip.

Earlier, Mahmud testified at a war crime commission hearing on Palestine, organised by Malaysia's Perdana Global Peace Foundation.

Mahmud Al Sammouni said: "Even now, I cannot forget how my father, my brothers were killed right before my eyes.

"I blame the whole world because everybody sees what is happening but there's no action on the ground. And it is still happening as I speak - Israelis are bombing houses, killing children."

It was a story that touched the hearts of many who attended.

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who head the Global Peace Foundation, launched an emergency fund to help Palestinians in Gaza.

In his speech, he criticised Israel for its use of - what he calls - "unjust and disproportionate military might".

Dr Mahathir said: "Yes, we are very weak, we cannot raise a military force to fight against this powerful nation. We have to do something about it."

As bombings continue in Gaza, claiming more deaths and casualties on both sides, Malaysian lawmakers have tabled an emergency motion calling for an immediate intervention by the United Nations. They fear escalating tensions in the Middle East may trigger increased militancy around the world.

- CNA/de

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