Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad_311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Israel was expected to file a protest with the UN Security Council on Wednesday
over a Malaysian ship flying a Moldovan flag that tried to run the sea blockade
of the Gaza Strip Monday night, but was turned back by the navy.
navy, according to Foreign Ministry officials, fired warning shots after the MV
Finch – manned by seven Malaysians, a Canadian, two Indians and two Irish –
entered Israel’s territorial waters.
The ship, which was carrying plastic
sewage pipes intended to be brought into Gaza overland, sailed instead to El
Ministry officials said this was the first such attempt to reach
Gaza by sea since the Mavi Marmara
The Malaysian-based Perdan
Foundation, headed by former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, was
behind the recent incident, officials said. The organization was also involved
in last year’s attempt.
In 2003 Mohamad said the Jews “rule this world by
proxy. They get others to fight and die for them.”
This will be
the third protest filed by Israel to the UN Security Council president this
week, after ambassador to the UN Meron Reuben sent two letters of protest
earlier in the week regarding the violent incidents along the border on Sunday
when Lebanese and Syrian protesters tried to infiltrate Israel.
Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, issued a sharply worded response to comments made
by Michael Williams, the UN’s special envoy to Lebanon, who said about the
incident on the Lebanese border that he was “shocked by the number of the deaths
and the use of disproportionate, deadly force by the Israeli Defense Forces
against apparently unarmed demonstrators, which I condemn.”
reiterate the need for all sides to exercise maximum restraint, to prevent the
recurrence of such violence and to strictly adhere to resolution 1701,” said
Williams, referring to the UN resolution that ended the second Lebanon war in
The Foreign Ministry said Williams’ statements were “overhasty” and
Williams, the statement said, “would have been better
advised to wait for the results of investigations conducted by UNIFIL and the UN
Department of Peacekeeping Operations before jumping to conclusions and laying
the blame on Israel.”
The statement said Williams was relying solely on
Lebanese reports, and that demonstrators clearly intended to remove the border
fence and penetrate Israeli territory.
“Their violent rioting, that
forced the Lebanese army to respond by deterrent fire, proves this point. Mr.
Williams’ unbalanced statement does not reflect realities on the ground and does
not contribute to efforts to return to calm.”