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Humanitarian Aid To Palestine Must Continue - Rosmah | 11/07/2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 2010 (Bernama) -- Humanitarian aid, including similar initiatives such as the recent Freedom Flotilla to Gaza, must continue to alert the world to the inhumane conditions in Palestine, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said Sunday.

The prime minister's wife said such humanitarian initiatives must be sustained and concerted to ensure it was a clear manifestation of a collective international voice which would no longer tolerate abuse, aggression and disrespect of international laws and conventions.

"In this regard, I would like to appeal to the various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and charity organisations to continue providing humanitarian assistance to Palestine, to ensure that the much-needed assistance is made available to Palestinian territories under siege.

"We must continue to draw attention to the problem, by making an issue that the world cannot and must not ignore," she said at the Perdana Global Peace Organisation (PGPO) International Conference on Gaza entitled, 'Breaking the Siege: In the Spirit of Rachel Corrie and Mavi Marmara' here.

Rosmah, one of the panelists, said while efforts to end the siege continued, restoration process and reconstruction of infrastructure which were destroyed, must also continue to ensure the Palestinians led a normal life.

"As a wife, it is extremely painful to see husbands and wives torn apart and deprived of tender loving care. As a mother, it is heart-wrenching to see the prolonged suffering of innocent children growing up without parental love and attention.

"Like children from around the world, Palestinian children too, deserve the right to education, healthcare, clean water, safety, comfort of a decent home and family.

"Unfortunately, Palestinian children are left without basic amenities, and forced to live under threatening situations in deplorable makeshift tents in refugee camps, with no hope and bright future, when they should be happy, filled with laughter and kindness of love," she added.

Rosmah also urged all Malaysian NGOs to work with one another to broaden the collaboration and networking with various international and inter-faith NGOs.

"This partnership would add impetus and substance to the cause, thereby, forming a formidable entity capable of withstanding external pressures or influence in carrying out humanitarian missions," she said.

She said the global media, both electronic and print, must play an active role in continuously highlighting and exposing the atrocities committed against the Palestinian population.

"We must exploit all available modern communications technology to express our concern and to reach out to people all over the world, as well as in Palestine and Israel, to rise and rally to our cause in bringing humanitarian aid to the people of Palestine.

"While the world must be called to act for Palestine, let us hope and pray the Palestinians themselves are ready to stand united to build a progressive, prosperous, stable and sustainable independent Palestinian state," said the prime minister's wife.

The session was moderated by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is also PGPO chairman.

Other speakers comprise Turkish Ambassador to Malaysia Serap Attay, Iran's Deputy Head of Mission in Malaysia Dr M. S. Dolatabadi and Chief Representative of the League of Arab States Mission in New Delhi Dr Ahmed Salem Saleh Alwahishi.


Source: BERNAMA
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