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VIRTUAL OPEN-ENDED EXTRAORDINARY MEETING FOR THE OIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AT THE LEVEL OF THE FOREIGN MINISTERS
The Honourable Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia
Sunday, 16 May 2021
Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
1. Thank you Your Highness for convening today’s very important meeting. Thank you Mr. Secretary-General for your frank assessment on the situation in Palestine.
2. Thank you also brother, Riyad al-Maliki, for your statement which should further strengthen our collective resolve to put an end to the tragic plight of the Palestinians. Your Highnesses, Your Excellencies, brothers and sisters, rest assured – Malaysia is resolute and unwavering in our stand with the people of Palestine. Rest assured, Malaysia stands with Palestine in these trying times.
3. We have seen what has happened on the ground – Palestinian civilians are dying, children and women have been attacked, homes and buildings have been destroyed completely.
4. What has happened is beyond description – it is contemptuous not only to Muslims around the world, but this is also an insult to humanity. We must be very clear with ourselves – what has happened in Gaza (as has happened before in the West Bank) are nothing but crimes against humanity, and the Israeli Zionist regime is to blame.
5. Today, we have to sincerely ask ourselves - “How many more Palestinians must die before the Muslim Ummah collectively and genuinely take concrete actions to end this oppression?”
6. ‘Lack of political will’ should no longer be tolerated as an excuse to perpetuate Israel’s occupation further. As we speak, more homes are being demolished, more deaths are occurring, and more misery is being inflicted on the Palestinians.
7. Malaysia takes the floor today to echo the strong views expressed around the table on the urgent need to take a bold action to salvage the situation on the ground.
8. While unintentional, we have shamefully contributed to encouraging the Occupying Power through our inaction. As we have witnessed, Israel continues to introduce more repressive policies, and it continues to commit atrocious crimes with greater impunity.
9. It is clear – the bloodshed committed against the Palestinians must end. Israel’s impunity in committing untold atrocities must end. Israel, as perpetrators of these heinous crimes, must also be held accountable. The truth of the matter is that Palestinians are the victims here, no one else compares proportionately to what the Palestinians have suffered as a result of Israel’s brazen acts.
10. Many around the world still mistakenly believe that it is the Palestinians who provoked Israel, but case in point was the event just a few days ago – during the holy month of Ramadhan. Just as our brothers and sisters were performing their Teraweeh prayers, Israel invaded and attacked the worshippers. I ask myself everyday ever since - Obviously they were there not to fight but to pray, so how is this fair?
11. Malaysia has continuously and consistently condemned in the strongest terms the incursion and attacks against Palestinian civilians and worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque. We also condemn in the strongest terms all forced evictions of Palestinians from their homes, and Israel’s continued military airstrikes on the Gaza Strip since last week.
12. These atrocious, disproportionate, and excessive attacks by Israel are in total and blatant disregard of all international laws. Furthermore, these acts are in violation of the United Nations (UN) Charter, and a war crime under the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention.
13. While Malaysia has strongly and publicly demanded Israel to immediately cease its hostilities and attacks against Palestine, the international community cannot choose to remain silent and oblivious.
14. It is an insult when other countries come out and speak about the right of Israel to self-defence, and not a single word about the Palestinian rights when they are the ones slaughtered, and they are the ones who have been occupied for over 50 years.
15. Malaysia wishes to make six (6) recommendations.
16. Firstly, the OIC needs to urge the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to rectify its failures, and shoulder its responsibility in maintaining peace and security. The OIC needs to pressure the UNSC to act urgently, enforce its resolutions, and uphold the rule of law. Israel must be made to fully comply with all its obligations as prescribed by relevant UNSC resolutions, including Resolution 2334 and international law, as well as the Charter of the United Nations.
17. Thus far, many Malaysians, including myself, are disappointed by the United Nations Security Council’s inability to immediately halt Israel’s escalation of violence against Palestinians. To date, the UNSC has not even issued any single statement on the current situation in Palestine. This is distressing, as the UNSC should never be blocked from exercising its mandate on the situation in Palestine.
18. Secondly, in ensuring the safety of our brothers and sisters in Palestine, the OIC needs to urge the UN to provide international protection for all in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. However, we cannot simply wait for the United Nations to act while more are killed – can’t we in the OIC immediately step up to the plate and help the Palestinians in any way possible? We cannot just keep talking, we must show the world that Muslim nations are here to help.
19. Third, the international community, particularly OIC Member States, should robustly pursue all legal, political, and economic channels to pressure Israel. On this front, Malaysia has recently worked closely with Indonesia and Brunei to jointly condemn the Israeli attacks. My Prime Minister, along with His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam and President Joko Widodo of Indonesia – leaders of over 250 million Muslims in Southeast Asia – will jointly call for Israel to immediately stop its aggression across the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
20. Fourth, OIC Member States need to urge civil societies worldwide to continue their struggle to call for accountability and highlight gross violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights laws. Their role is vital in shaping public opinion and providing pressure from the bottom up. I have also personally witnessed, and praise the efforts of many Malaysians who are relentlessly condemning atrocities against the Palestinian people online. This is to ensure that the oppression of the Palestinian people can be understood throughout our country and region, despite the efforts of some others to label Palestinians as terrorists.
21. Fifth, while addressing the current crisis, the international community must continue to find a lasting solution to the conflict. We must act urgently to address the root cause of the conflict and return to a meaningful peace process to end the Israeli occupation.
22. Sixth and finally, Malaysia stresses the importance for all OIC Member States to remain united in supporting the plight of the Palestinians. Without unity, the Muslim Ummah will falter into disarray and belies the very reason for establishing this esteemed organisation in the first place.
23. The future of Palestine looks even bleaker than before. Should we choose to remain indifferent today, we will end up paying a higher price for the conflict in the future.
24. We must continue striving for freedom, independence and justice for our oppressed brothers and sisters in Palestine.
25. Peace in the region cannot be realized without an independent State of Palestine, based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as the capital. This is the only viable solution to the Palestinian-Israel conflict. There is no peace otherwise, there can never be peace with a state of temporary borders.
Your Highness, Your Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters,
26. I wish to conclude by reaffirming that Malaysia will continue to stand in strong solidarity with the people of Palestine in the wake of Israeli aggression, and that our support for the Palestinians remains steadfast.
27. To this end, I believe and remain convinced that the OIC must continue to play a central role to take all maximum possible efforts to protect Palestinians against Israel’s hostile acts. May Allah SWT bless our efforts, and may the dawn of freedom and peace prevail for our brothers and sisters in Palestine. InshaAllah.
Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
VIRTUAL OPEN-ENDED EXTRAORDINARY MEETING OF THE ORGANISATION OF ISLAMIC COOPERATION (OIC)
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AT THE LEVEL OF THE FOREIGN MINISTERS
I would like to announce that tomorrow, Sunday 16 May 2021, the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will host a Virtual Open-Ended Extraordinary Meeting of the OIC Executive Committee at the level of the Foreign Ministers to discuss the aggression by Israel, the occupying power in the Palestinian Territories, particularly Al-Quds Al-Shareef.
Malaysia, which continues to stand in strong solidarity with the people of Palestine in wake of Israeli aggression, will attend the Extraordinary Meeting where I as Minister of Foreign Affairs will represent the Government of Malaysia.
At the meeting tomorrow, I will convey Malaysia’s strong and unequivocal stand against Israel’s aggressions to the OIC. I will also be voicing Malaysia’s call for the OIC to make a tougher stand and take maximum possible efforts to protect Palestinians from Israel’s hostile acts.
I would also like to share that I have been in constant communication with Brunei’s Minister of Foreign Affairs II His Excellency Dato’ Seri Setia Haji Erywan, and Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Her Excellency Retno Marsudi to reach a consensus amongst Southeast Asia’s Muslim countries regarding Palestine. Collectively, we strongly condemn the Israeli attacks against Palestinians, and call for Israel to immediately stop its aggression across the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
YB DATO' SERI HISHAMMUDDIN TUN HUSSEIN
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
15 MEI 2021
MESYUARAT TERGEMPAR TERBUKA (SECARA MAYA)
JAWATANKUASA EKSEKUTIF PERTUBUHAN KERJASAMA ISLAM (OIC)
PERINGKAT MENTERI-MENTERI LUAR
Saya ingin memaklumkan, pada Ahad, 16 Mei 2021 (esok), Pertubuhan Kerjasama Islam (OIC) akan mengadakan Mesyuarat Tergempar Terbuka secara maya Jawatankuasa Eksekutif OIC Peringkat Menteri-Menteri Luar bagi membincangkan mengenai tindakan keganasan Israel, pencerobohan dan pendudukan kuasa oleh Israel di Wilayah Palestin terutamanya di Al-Quds Al-Shareef.
Malaysia yang sentiasa menyokong padu perjuangan Palestin dan rakyatnya akan menyertai mesyuarat ini di mana saya sendiri selaku Menteri Luar Negeri akan mewakili negara dan Kerajaan.
Saya akan mengambil kesempatan menerusi pertemuan esok bagi menyampaikan pendirian tegas dan tidak berbelah bahagi Malaysia mengenai perkara ini kepada OIC. Saya juga akan menyuarakan gesaan Malaysia agar OIC mengambil tindakan lebih tegas dan melaksanakan usaha semaksimum mungkin demi melindungi rakyat Palestin daripada keganasan Israel.
Dalam pada itu, saya juga ingin kongsikan bahawa saya telah berkomunikasi secara berterusan dengan Menteri Luar Negeri II Brunei Darussalam, Tuan Yang Terutama (TYT) Dato’ Seri Setia Haji Erywan dan Menteri Luar Indonesia, Puan Yang Terutama (PYT) Retno Marsudi bagi mencapai kata sepakat antara negara-negara Islam Asia Tenggara mengenai Palestin. Secara kolektif, kami bertiga mengecam sekeras-kerasnya serangan tentera penjajah Isreal terhadap rakyat Palestin dan mahu Israel hentikan serta merta tindakan pencerobohan di seluruh wilayah Palestin.
MENTERI LUAR NEGERI
PERKEMBANGAN TERKINI MISI REPATRIASI RAKYAT MALAYSIA DI WILAYAH UTARA DAN BARAT INDIA KE TANAH AIR
Kementerian Luar Negeri ingin memaklumkan kejayaan misi repatriasi membawa pulang rakyat Malaysia dari New Delhi dan Mumbai, India yang telah selamat tiba di Unit Kecemasan Udara, Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) pada 12 Mei 2021 jam 1.00 pagi. Misi ini dilaksanakan dengan menggunakan pesawat sewaan khas Malindo Air.
Misi yang membawa pulang sejumlah 132 orang tersebut melibatkan seramai 117 orang rakyat Malaysia dan enam (6) orang tanggungan serta seorang (1) pemegang status penduduk tetap Malaysia. Mengambil kira hubungan erat dan istimewa yang sedia terjalin antara Malaysia dengan Negara Brunei Darussalam, Kerajaan Malaysia turut menghulurkan bantuan untuk membawa pulang lapan (8) orang warganegara Brunei Darussalam dalam misi repatriasi tersebut.
Kesemua penumpang, kru dan pegawai-pegawai barisan hadapan yang terlibat dalam menjayakan misi ini adalah tertakluk kepada prosedur operasi standard (SOP) ketat yang telah ditetapkan Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM) seperti berikut:
i. Mengemukakan keputusan ujian saringan COVID -19 yang disahkan negatif dalam tempoh tidak lebih daripada 72 jam sebelum pelepasan;
ii. Ketibaan penerbangan repatriasi tersebut secara berasingan di Unit Kecemasan Udara, juga dikenali sebagai Air Disaster Unit (ADU);
iii. Pemeriksaan dan tapisan kesihatan yang ketat oleh KKM sewaktu ketibaan;
iv. Perintah kuarantin wajib selama 14 hari di Pusat Kuarantin yang ditetapkan oleh Kerajaan Malaysia; dan
v. Pemantauan tahap kesihatan secara berterusan terhadap semua penumpang termasuk kru dan pegawai-pegawai barisan hadapan yang terlibat oleh KKM sehingga tamat tempoh kuarantin.
Kejayaan misi ini adalah hasil kerjasama erat melibatkan Agensi Pengurusan Bencana Negara (NADMA), KKM, Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia (JIM), Suruhanjaya Tinggi Malaysia di New Delhi, Konsulat Jeneral Malaysia di Mumbai serta agensi -agensi lain yang berkaitan.
Kementerian Luar Negeri mengambil kesempatan ini untuk merakamkan ucapan terima kasih dan setinggi-tinggi penghargaan kepada semua pihak yang terlibat dalam menjayakan misi ini. Kementerian akan terus memantau situasi pandemik COVID-19 di India dan akan mengambil tindakan sewajarnya bagi memastikan keselamatan dan kebajikan rakyat Malaysia di luar negara sentiasa terpelihara.
12 MEI 2021
MALAYSIA STRONGLY CONDEMNS THE INCURSION AND ATTACKS BY THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION FORCES
AND SETTLERS IN AL-AQSA MOSQUE IN JERUSALEM
Malaysia strongly condemns the incursion and attacks by the Israeli Occupation Forces and Israeli settlers against the Palestinian civilians and worshipers in Al-Aqsa Mosque on 7 May 2021.
Such heinous acts must be strongly denounced, and the Israeli government be held responsible and accountable for the flagrant violation of human rights and international law. Many Palestinians have been injured in the attacks. The targeted aggression against the worshippers during prayers in the final days of Holy Ramadan in Al-Aqsa Mosque is indeed contemptuous to all Muslims and humanity.
Malaysia also strongly condemns all forced evictions of Palestinians from their homes, including those in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem.
Malaysia calls upon the international community to act swiftly and decisively to respond to the latest Israeli aggressions
Malaysia continues to stand in strong solidarity with the people of Palestine in the wake of the Israeli aggressions. Malaysia reaffirms its unwavering support for the Palestinians and their cause for achieving freedom from the Israeli illegal occupation, and realising their aspiration for an independent State of Palestine based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as their Capital.
YB DATO' SERI HISHAMMUDDIN TUN HUSSEIN
8 MAY 2021