PETALING JAYA: A local Palestinian rights non-governmental organisation has appealed to the Government to ensure the safety of the 13 participants, including a Malaysian doctor, on the Women’s Boat to Gaza (WBG) mission now detained by Israeli forces.
Viva Palestina Malaysia chairman Datuk Dr Musa Mohd Nordin said Dr Fauziah Hasan (pic) was on board the Gaza-bound Zaytouna-Oliva which is seeking to channel humanitarian assistance to residents there.
“I hope the Malaysian government, which is known as a strong advocate in the issue of Palestinian rights, will monitor the WBG mission and ensure the safety of Dr Fauziah and her comrades, so that they can achieve their objective of docking in Gaza to deliver assistance to its people,” Dr Musa said in a statement addressed to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
The WBG was in the final phase of its voyage from Barcelona when it was intercepted some 100 nautical miles from the Gaza shore by Israeli navy on Wednesday evening.
Dr Fauziah is a consultant at the Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital in Kuala Lumpur and is on the board of trustees of Humanitarian Care Malaysia (MyCare).
She is the sole Malaysian participant on the mission.
Others on the boat included Mairead Maguire, the 1976 Nobel peace laureate from Northern Ireland and Ann Wright, a retired United States army colonel, and female representatives from 10 other countries.
After losing contact with the Zaytouna-Oliva, WBG released a series of pre-recorded videos to YouTube featuring Dr Fauziah and several other crewmembers appealing to world leaders to take action against their illegal detention.
“I am right now being detained illegally by the Israeli regime. I appeal to all the world leaders, the people of Malaysia and the Government of Malaysia and all peace-loving people throughout the world to exert all action to release us from this illegal detention by the Israeli regime" Dr Fauziah had said in the video.
In a brief text message to The Star Online on Thursday, a representative from MyCare confirmed that Dr Fauziah and her group were safe.
“They are unharmed and are being escorted by the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) to Ashdod,” she said. - The Star