Malaysia wants Israel referred to International Criminal Court


  Malaysia wants Israel referred to International Criminal Court

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia on Monday called on the world community to bring a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly to refer Israeli’s atrocities to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The proposal was contained in a special motion tabled in the Dewan Rakyat by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and unanimously passed on Monday.

The 15-point motion, among others, proposed that the May 31 incident where Israeli forces stormed the humanitarian aid ship “Mavi Marmara” bound for blockaded Gaza be also referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for an “advisory opinion”.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, right, tables a motion to discuss the condemnation of Israel’s attack on a humanitarian aid flotilla headed to Gaza at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

In tabling the motion, Najib also proposed that Turkey, which lost nine of its nationals in the Israeli commando attack on the ship, consider action under the provisions of the Rome Statute of the ICC.

The motion strongly condemned Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu for having allowed the regime’s military forces to act beyond the bounds of humanitarian norms against the people of various countries, including Malaysia, who had joined the Freedom Flotilla aid mission to Gaza.

The motion, seconded by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, states that Malaysians were deeply dismayed with the inability of the international community, particularly the United Nations Security Council to strongly protest the violent acts of the Zionist regime.

The resolutions also include urging countries to propose a motion to the United Nations General Assembly to seek an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice.

It also sought the approval of the Dewan Rakyat to cooperate with the member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Arab League and other like-minded countries to uphold the principles of international law in dealing with the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Meanwhile, the Dewan Rakyat sitting for Monday was extended to 5.45pm until the motion tabled by the Prime Minister was dealt with.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abd Aziz had earlier tabled a motion to extend the sitting until the MPs taking part in the debate were done……..MORE HERE

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