Wednesday, January 14, 2009

GAZA : An understanding of history helps - Boycott good way to express ourself

Well, the atrocities befalling the peoples of Gaza, especially over the last couple of weeks, must stop.

More that 900 persons in Gaza have been killed - compared with less than 20 in Israel - this is NO War - it is a massacre of persons, mostly civilians.

Obama - an expected disappointment - as US stands with Israel - abstaining even from that rather mild UN Security Council Resolution. Obama's silence is very telling about the kind of US President we will see in the near future. The only significance of his election is the fact that an African-American became a US President. I expect him to be worse than Bush. All his 'sweet-sounding words' as he was on his quest for Presidency is just that. He may yet to be President - but still he could have mouthed his position on the matter. It is the 19th day of the killings in Gaza.

I do support the call to boycott American products, as a demonstration of our protest as to what is happening in Gaza - and as a protest of the 'disgusting' role that the US is playing. Boycott KFC, Mc Donalds, Coca Cola, Pizza Hut, ... symbols of the US.

Is the boycott going to be effective? Maybe ....but it is definitely a means for individual Malaysians to express their protest about what is happening to the people of Gaza...a call for JUSTICE

For some, we may have let our prejudices, dictate our response to this Palestinian issue. Let us not do that - let us look again at the historical facts and respond accordingly...

Some in Malaysia tries to make it an 'Islamic' issue - hence some non-Muslims will 'automatically' take the other side without even considering the facts. Both groups have done wrong to this issue.

The Palestinian issue is, and never was a racial or religious issue - it was always a question of rights and justice.

A grave injustice to the Palestinian people - whereby the realization of this by the majority of the nations of the world also makes it impossible to resolve it because of the United States of America ...

The unjust manner in which the present United Nations is structured - allows majority sentiments and wishes to be suppressed and simply made ineffective by a simple veto of the USA.. (or Britain, or some other who have this veto power). The UN must be reformed - and all nations should be given a single vote. The General Assembly should be ultimate decision maker with the power in the UN - not the Security Council, as it is now.

How did that Palestinian-Israeli issue really come about? (I did some research over the net - and here is a brief summary about the struggle of the Palestinian peoples...). It is not complete but it will educate (or remind) those of us who have forgotten the issue/facts - something so easy to happen in these modern times when we are continuously fed with so much information about so many different things...

After World War I, rather than giving Palestine independence - British decides to create 2 states - one to be 'national home for the Jewish people'..

"The Palestine problem became an international issue towards the end of the First World War with the disintegration of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Palestine was among the several former Ottoman Arab territories which were placed under the administration of Great Britain under the Mandates System adopted by the League of Nations pursuant to the League's Covenant (Article 22) .

All but one of these Mandated Territories became fully independent States, as anticipated. The exception was Palestine where, instead of being limited to "the rendering of administrative assistance and advice" the Mandate had as a primary objective the implementation of the "Balfour Declaration" issued by the British Government in 1917, expressing support for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people".

During the years of the Palestine Mandate, from 1922 to 1947, large-scale Jewish immigration from abroad, mainly from Eastern Europe took place, the numbers swelling in the 1930s with the notorious Nazi persecution of Jewish populations. Palestinian demands for independence and resistance to Jewish immigration led to a rebellion in 1937, followed by continuing terrorism and violence from both sides during and immediately after World War II. Great Britain tried to implement various formulas to bring independence to a land ravaged by violence. In 1947, Great Britain turned the problem over to the United Nations." - Question of Palestine

1947 - UN proposes dividing Palestine into 2 independent States

1948 - Israel proclaims independence - and proceeds to occupy the area UN identified for Palestinian Arabs.

Remaining areas that were identified by UN as going to be the independent Palestinian State had been then occupied by neighbouring countries Jordan (West Bank) and Egypt (Gaza Strip)

After looking at various alternatives, the UN proposed the partitioning of Palestine into two independent States, one Palestinian Arab and the other Jewish, with Jerusalem internationalized (Resolution 181 (II) of 1947). One of the two States envisaged in the partition plan proclaimed its independence as Israel and in the 1948 war expanded to occupy 77 per cent of the territory of Palestine. Israel also occupied the larger part of Jerusalem.

Over half of the indigenous Palestinian population fled or were expelled. Jordan and Egypt occupied the other parts of the territory assigned by the partition resolution to the Palestinian Arab State which did not come into being.- Question of Palestine

1967 War - Israel occupied the remaining of the territory UN originally decided was for the Palestinian Arabs, which was then under Jordanian control (i.e. West Bank) and Egyptian control (i.e. Gaza Strip)

Israel also occupied additional areas of its neighbours - Egypt (Sinai) ,Syria (Golan Heights), ...

In the 1967 war, Israel occupied the remaining territory of Palestine, until then under Jordanian and Egyptian control (the West Bank and Gaza Strip). This included the remaining part of Jerusalem, which was subsequently annexed by Israel. The war brought about a second exodus of Palestinians, estimated at half a million. Security Council resolution 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967 called on Israel to withdraw from territories it had occupied in the 1967 conflict.- Question of Palestine

1974 - UN reaffirm rights of Palestinian People, grants PLO observer status

In 1974, the General Assembly reaffirmed the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination, national independence and sovereignty, and to return. The following year, the General Assembly established the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. The General Assembly conferred on the PLO the status of observer in the Assembly and in other international conferences held under United Nations auspices. - Question of Palestine

1982 - Invasion of Lebanon

1983 - Massacre of refugees at Sabra and Shatila

Events on the ground, however, remained on a negative course. In June 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon with the declared intention to eliminate the PLO. A cease-fire was arranged. PLO troops withdrew from Beirut and were transferred to neighboring countries after guarantees of safety were provided for thousands of Palestinian refugees left behind. Subsequently, a large-scale massacre of refugees took place in the camps of Sabra and Shatila.

In September 1983, the International Conference on the Question of Palestine, which was widely attended, adopted inter alia the Geneva Declaration containing the following principles: the need to oppose and reject the establishment of settlements in the occupied territory and actions taken by Israel to change the status of Jerusalem, the right of all States in the region to existence within secure and internationally recognized boundaries, with justice and security for all the people, and the attainment of the legitimate, inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. - Question of Palestine

1987 - Intifada

In December 1987, a mass uprising against the Israeli occupation began in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (the intifada). Methods used by the Israeli forces during the uprising resulted in mass injuries and heavy loss of life among the civilian Palestinian population. - Question of Palestine

The Peace Process - Palestinian Independence and Self-Government

A Peace Conference on the Middle East was convened in Madrid on 30 October 1991, with the aim of achieving a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement through direct negotiations along 2 tracks: between Israel and the Arab States, and between Israel and the Palestinians, based on Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973) (the "land for peace" formula). A series of subsequent negotiations culminated in the mutual recognition between the Government of the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, the representative of the Palestinian People, and the signing by the two parties of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements in Washington on 13 September 1993, as well as the subsequent implementation agreements, which led to several other positive developments, such as the partial withdrawal of Israeli forces, the elections to the Palestinian Council and the Presidency of the Palestinian Authority, the partial release of prisoners and the establishment of a functioning administration in the areas under Palestinian self-rule. The involvement of the United Nations has been essential to the peace process, both as the guardian of international legitimacy and in the mobilization and provision of international assistance. In 2000 and 2001, Israelis and Palestinians held talks on a final status agreement, which proved inconclusive.

The controversial visit by Ariel Sharon of the Likud to Al-Haram Al-Sharif (Temple Mount) in 2000 was followed by the outbreak of the second intifada. A massive loss of life, the reoccupation of territories under Palestinian self-rule, military incursions, extrajudicial killings of suspected Palestinian militants, suicide attacks, rocket and mortar fire, and the destruction of property characterized the situation on the ground.

Israel began the construction of a West Bank separation wall, located within the Occupied Palestinian Territory, which was ruled illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004. In 2002, the Security Council adopted resolution 1397 affirming a vision of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side within secure and recognized borders.

In 2003, the Middle East Quartet (US, EU, Russia, and the UN) released a detailed Road Map to a two-State solution, endorsed by Security Council resolution 1515.

In 2005, Israel withdrew its settlers and troops from the Gaza Strip as part of its “Disengagement Plan,” while retaining effective control over its borders, seashore, and airspace.

Following the Palestinian Legislative Council elections of 2006, the Quartet concluded that future assistance to the Palestinian Authority would be reviewed by donors against the new Government’s commitment to non-violence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements.- Question of Palestine


Anonymous said...

If they have not sent their suicide bombers and blasted the Israelis, the walls and border posts would not come set up. The Palestinian Arabs are not the 'give and take type' always harping on occupation and their population grow exponentially, outliving their land. Instead of tilling the land they lament for other areas they claim Israel occupy. Can they for once live and let live, develop and improve whatever they have been given and moderate their economic situation with the number of children they can afford. When there is overpopulation and not enough to eat, you don't expect you neighbour to give you especially you are not a nice neighbour and constantly envious of the other who work hard. Look at the extremely poor people of China and India, do you see them blast others for their dire condition? As I see it there will never be peace in the Middle East, force is the way to go, unless the Palis can accept their situation and work with help form the International Community to improve their lot and reject violence then peace may have chance. I am sad for the innocent civilian Palestinians who are caught up in this terror. Some people say this confict will increase radicalism. The extremists beware, for every tit you lay on Israel, the tat will be manifolds. Just see whose fire power is more lethal, if this is

jotan said...

Why you omitted important facts, are you trying to make Isrelis look bad ?

Read the link below

Born2Reign said...

Boycotting McD and Pepsi is like drinking poison and expecting your enemies to die.

So the franchisor of McD will not be earning their 9% royalty, but the thousands of McD franchisees have already paid upfront >RM1.3 mil for each franchise, and now may need to sack some workers. Imagine if 100 McD outlets sack 10%of their staff, so where will they be getting their income? From you or Madhater? Have you guys actually guaanteed their livelihood?

How noble of you.

"Every year, more than 2 million Americans suffer from serious adverse drug reactions. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these reactions cause about 100,000 deaths per year, making prescription drugs the fourth-leading cause of death in the country.

The recorded medical errors and deaths equate to six jumbo jets falling out of the sky each day, 365 days a year.

Since 2001, a recorded 490,000 people have died from properly prescribed drugs in the United States, while 2,996 people died on U.S. soil from terrorism, all in the 9/11 attacks; prescription drugs are therefore 16,400 percent more dangerous than terrorism. If deaths from over-the-counter drugs are also included, then drug consumption leaps to being 32,000 percent more dangerous than terrorism. And conventional medicine viewed as a whole is 104,700 percent deadlier than terrorism"

Why not boycott all the drugs from US companies? Tell all the doctors to use China made drugs instead or tell the patients to go to bomoh for treatment? Better not use medical equipment from the terrorist Americans. Good time to have fresh budgets to purchase new medicl equipments from China or India or other non-Israel allies, and reward the MOH with 20% ommission.

Boycott the US insurance companies and their (Malaysia) agents? Buy Malaysian insurance policies instead regardless of how well governed our MAA is.

Oh, before I forget, please uninstall all Microsoft Windows from your computers and that goes for all the govt depts, to begin with. I am sure Bill Gates will fel the pinch!

Even if you boycott these companies and they sack their excess staff, the top 2 expatriates from US (mostly) will still enjoy their 6-figure pay and 6-figure bonuses, unaffected and unfazed by Malaysian's own shooting themselves in te foot.

Idiots regurgitating BS should not be representing the rakyat!


Samuel Goh Kim Eng said...


The whole issue can be rather complex
But the reactions have been more than reflex
Let's pray for healing to the land
Before everything turns into grains of sand

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng - 140109
Wed. 14th Jan. 2009.