Malaysia urges countries to refer Israel to ICC

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak urged other countries to make a motion at the United Nations (UN) Security Council so that Israel could be referred to the International Criminal Court for attacking a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid ship.

Najib tabled a special motion in the Malaysian Parliament here on Monday that was seconded by his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin.

In the motion, Najib also urged that countries subscribing to the similar stand with Malaysia to obtain an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice by proposing a motion to the UN General Assembly.

Israeli armed forces launched an attack on Mavi Marmara on May 31 in the international waters, killing more than 10 activists on board.

A total of 12 Malaysian volunteers were on board the aid ship when it was attacked but no casualties of Malaysians were reported.

Najib expressed his utmost disappointment with the UN Security Council as the later had not strongly deplored Israel for its brutal acts.

There were a total of 15 resolutions contained in Najib's motion, including requesting Turkey to consider carrying out action under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and calling for an independent investigation to be conducted on the attack.

While urging the international community to keep assisting Palestine, Najib also called for Israel to cease blocking convoys from sending humanitarian aid to people of the country.

Source: Xinhua


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