Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Israel wage war on relief volunteers
TV3 managed to speak to Shamsul Akmar very briefly just before midnight. Many had tried to get him but we were lucky to have got him for a while. Shamsul is one of several Malaysians on board a humanitarian ship bound for Gaza bringing help and relief items. Shamsul sounded calm but we all know that Israeli commandos had stormed a Turkish ship on the same mission. My TV3 crew led by journalist Halim is also on the same boat as Shamsul. Astro Awani's crew is believed to be on the Turkish ship, together with several Malaysian volunteers from the NGO, Haluan. A humanitarian mission such as this is fraught with risks and danger. But to be attacked by Israeli commandos resulting in fatalities and injuries is something else altogether. This can be likened to a declaration of war on humanitarian volunteers. Can you beat that? An act of aggression that defies logic! Let's pray hard for everyone in the humanitarian mission. And let's think and plan something more concrete too.
Picture is of Shamsul (left) and A Bakar in London last year during a photo exhibition of Gaza atrocities.