Malaysians protest against Israeli raid of aid ship
KUALA LUMPUR: A man believed to be a Palestinian stood in front of the United States embassy at Jalan Tun Razak on Tuesday and slashed himself with a penknife on the thighs and chest on Tuesday in protest of the Israeli raid on a ship carrying aid to blockaded Palestinians in Gaza that killed at least 10 people on Monday.
He was reaching to slash his neck when Perkasa members, who were protesting in front of the embassy, rushed over and stopped him.
Police have taken him to the hospital.
Meanwhile, Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali handed a protest note to US President Barack Obama to a US embassy representative.
About 300 Perkasa members were involved in the protest.
Meanwhile, another 300, led by Barisan Nasional Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, burned three Israeli flags, after stomping on it, in front of the United Nations building at Jalan Dungun here on Tuesday.
They also carried banners reading Unite for Palestine, Punish Israel, Justice for Gaza and Zionists are Murderers and shouted ‘Hancur Israel’ (Destruction to Israel).
He then handed a memorandum condemning the Israeli raid on the flotilla of aid ships attempting to breach the Gaza blockade on Monday. At least 10 people died in the lead Turkish ship Mavi Marmara.
Khairy was accompanied by MIC Youth chief T. Mohan and a number of representatives from various NGO’s.
“The world condemns this Israel cruelty. Malaysian must stand up against such heinous acts,” he told reporters.
He also urged Malaysians to converge on the US Embassy after Friday prayers to register their condemnation of Israel.