MALAYSIAN COORDINATION COMMITTEE
Asian People’s Solidarity for Palestine
18th October 2010
THE ASIA TO GAZA SOLIDARITY CARAVAN
500 civil resisters from 17 Asian countries will join the caravan from India and march through 18 Asian cities of Pakistan, Iran, and Turkey to break the siege of Gaza through the sea route in December 2010
The Asia to Gaza Solidarity Caravan is being organised by the Asian People’s Solidarity for Palestine, an alliance of peoples’ organisations, social movements, trade unions, and civil society institutions of Asia. This struggle is broad-based, varied and multi-dimensional. It is humanitarian and for peace, freedom and human dignity. It is against occupation, imperialism, apartheid, Zionism and all forms of discrimination including religious discrimination.
The Asian People’s Solidarity for Palestine extends solidarity to the courageous people of Palestine in their struggle, resistance, and intifada against the Zionist Israeli occupation and affirms its commitment to Palestinian Self-Determination; Ending the Occupation; Equal Rights for All within historic Palestine; the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees; and the Establishment of a Sovereign, Independent and Democratic state of Palestine with Jerusalem as the capital.
The Asian People’s Solidarity for Palestine commits to build the solidarity of Asian people for the freedom of Palestine, provide materials, resources, and volunteers to support the struggle of the people of Palestine and oppose our own governments’ decisions and actions that give economic, financial, military and diplomatic support to Israel and allow it to behave with impunity.
The Malaysian Muslim NGOs Consultative Council (MAPIM) and Citizens International are constituents of the Asian People’s Solidarity for Palestine (APSP) will be participating to support the Asian Gaza Caravan which is scheduled to commence as tabulated below. We fully support the initiative as a very significant endeavour to galvanize the Asian civil societies participation in the Palestinian cause.
We call on the Malaysian government and all the Malaysian people and civil societies to render their undivided support for this noble cause of restoring liberation , justice and rights of the Palestinian people.
We are preparing to register volunteers from the Malaysian public and NGO activists to participate in the caravan and to facilitate related requirements for the journey to Gaza.
The India Lifeline to Gaza, which is a constituent of the Asian People’s Solidarity for Palestine will have a conference and a large flag off programme in New Delhi on 2nd December 2010. The Caravan will carry relief material for the people of Gaza. The Asia to Gaza Caravan will cross into Pakistan via the Wagah border where members of the Pakistan Solidarity for Gaza will join the Caravan onwards to Iran. In every country and city that the caravan travels through, public meetings will be organised as more activists and participants join the caravan.
|TENTATIVE CARAVAN SCHEDULE|
|01 December||Participants from East and South East Asia reach New Delhi, India||15 – 17 December||Tabriz, Iran to Eskandarun, Turkey|
|2 – 3 December||Flag off from New Delhi
and travel to Wagah border, India-Pakistan Border
|18 – 19 December||Eskandarun, Turkey to Damascus, Syria|
|04 December||Reach Lahore, Pakistan||20 – 21 December||Damascus, Syria to Amman Jordan|
|5 – 7 December||Lahore to Karachi/Quetta, Pakistan||22 – 23 December||Amman, Jordan to Beirut Lebanon|
|08 December||Karachi/Quetta, Pakistan to Zahedan, Iran||24 – 26 December||Beirut back to Turkey|
|9 – 14 December||Zahedan, Iran to Tabriz, Iran||26 December||We Sail for Gaza (Palestine)|
The civil resisters have resolved to resist the Israeli sea siege in a peaceful manner and following the example of civil resisters such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela as well as the long tradition of peaceful resistance from all ethical and religious traditions. The civil resisters are willing to be convicted for their peaceful resistance.
End the Siege of Gaza • Freedom to Palestine • Boycott Israel
Citizens International , Penang
Consumers Association of Penang
Sahabat Alam Malaysia
TERAS Pengupayaan Melayu
Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia
Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Pelajar Islam Malaysia
Sekretariat Himpunan Ulama Rantau Asia
Majlis Perundingan Pertubuhan Islam Malaysia
Persatuan Ulama Kedah
Persatuan Ulama Malaysia , Penang
Jaringan Muafakat Pertubuhan Islam Perak
Warga Muafakat Pertubuhan Islam Kedah
Forum Umat Islam Penang
Rural Citizen Welfare Association
Ummah Aid , Malaysia
United Islamic Rohingya Organization for Developement
Pergerakan Persaudaraan Muslimah
Pertubuhan Informasi Islam Negeri Perak
Ikatan Kebajikan Rakyat
Persatuan Paksi Seniman Rakyat
Institut Masyarakat Madani
Madrasah Kuliah Dhuha Perak