Breaking The Siege Conference – Malaysia

On July 11, 2010 – Perdana Global Peace Organization (PGPO) held a one-day international conference at Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). The theme of the conference was “Breaking the Siege: In the spirit of Rachel Corrie and Mavi Marmara“.

The keynote speaker was the Chairman of PGPO, former Prime minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who said: “We are gathered here not only to honour the Turkish martyrs, who were brutally slaughtered by Israeli commandos on the MV Mavi Marmara, but also to counter the lies and propaganda by Israel and the Zionist-controlled international mass media claiming the passengers, specifically the martyrs, were terrorists and the killings justified. More importantly, we must send a message of hope and solidarity to the Palestinians that the peace-loving people of the world will never abandon them, come what may, and we will stand shoulder-to-shoulder in their struggle for liberation. The Muslim world continues to be taken in by (the United States) President Obama’s rhetoric he is committed to change and he is for peace. His actions contradict his spoken words. Upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, Obama then escalated the war in Afghanistan, a war started by President George W. Bush. It is not surprising the UN chose not to allow a debate on Malaysia’s resolution condemning Israel for its dastardly acts.”

The conference was hosted by renowned television personality Wan Zaleha Radzi, and attracted several politicians, media practitioners, bloggers, students and representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The participants included former UN assistant secretary-general and PGPO international advisory panel member Denis J. Halliday, international activist onboard Rachel Corrie Jenny Graham, Turkish IHH’s (Insani Yardim Vakfi, Humanitarian Relief Fund, or IHH) Dr Hassan Huseyin Usyal who was onboard Mavi Marmara, Astro Awani broadcast journalist Ashwad Ismail, University of Ottawa Centre for Research on Globalisation Prof Michel Chossudovsky, ambassador of Turkey to Malaysia Serap Ataay, deputy head of mission Embassy of Iran and Chief Representative of the League of Arab States Mission in New Delhi Dr Ahmed Salem Saleh Alwasihi.

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2 Responses to Breaking The Siege Conference – Malaysia

  1. BughouseWW says:

    Rehmat – I copy and posted this article to my blog,

    The video is very well done. It lays out the pattern of US and Israel warfare:
    first, starvation:
    Iraq was starved, 500,000 children died; Iraq was laid under siege; Iraq was invaded, occupied, destroyed; its culture, institutions, infrastructure, system of government all wiped out and replaced with zionist (Paul Bremer) schemes. The native population was divided among itself to incite civil war, then separation walls were erected throughout Iraqi cities to exacerbate the division of Iraqi vs. Iraqi.

    So in Palestine: as the video said, Palestinians in Gaza are starved, laid under siege, invaded, occupied, destroyed; its culture, institutions, infrastructure destroyed; Gaza’s elected government under attack, and Arab Palestinians divided among themselves — Hamas vs Fatah, and West Bank Palestinians armed and favored, in order to divide and conquer. Separation walls were erected to separate Palestinians from their land.

    So in Iran: at an AIPAC conference in 2008, Ephraim Sneh said that “Iran’s leaders should be forced to worry whether they can continue to feed their 70 million people.” Iran has been under economic and political siege for over 15 years, and the US and Israel exult in tightening the siege. Plans are laid, preparations made, weapons stored, rehearsals and drills conducted, reconnaissance missions undertaken for the eventual military attack on Iran.

  2. rehmat2 says:

    Ordinary citizens of the Islamic Republic are better fed than the Jewish Israelis. According to Israeli daily, Ha’aretz (December 2006), one out of every three Israeli children lives below poverty line – and that’s after USAID of $3 trillion since 1970s and German compensation of US$93 billion for the Nazi army’s persecution of European Jews, although, 150,000 German Jews were part of the Nazi Army.

    Islamic Republic has been under both military and economic sanctions since 1980s – but that did stop Iran becoming the regional power which is now feared by the US, Israel, UK, Russia, Germany, France and India. Islamic Republic is the only country among the 57-Muslim nation-states which manufacures all its convention arms. A Canadian scientific study had reported that “Iran showing fastest scientific growth of any country”.

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