Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Gaza Horror Again.

Tun Mahathir wrote a very moving article again in his blog about the horror in the Gaza where some 1400 Palestinians were killed (including 300 children and 13 Israelis which he didn't mention) and 20,000 homes were destroyed including 100 hospitals, schools and government buildings. International criticism stopped the carnage but Israel continued to restrict food and other relief items from going into the Gaza so much so that the Palestinians are starved. He ended his article entitled:

"This is a form of genocide. A whole people will have been made to disappear very much as if they have all been exterminated. The world will forget there even was a Palestine."

How do you think will the Israelis react to such a pronouncement. Would it soften any heartstring or moral fiber among the israelis (assuming that they still have some) to relent their oppression on the Gaza settlers?

Let's turn to what Chris Patten, the last governor of Hong Kong, a former European Union commisioner for external affairs and the chancellor of the University of Oxford says in regard to what he describes as the Gaza Horror:
"The world periodically wakes up to the horrors of life in the Gaza..We were awakened , for example, by the military assault of December 2008 and January last year, when more than 1.300 Palestinians including more than 100 children and 13 Israelis died. We noticed the long-running horror story again when when the Isrtaeli defence forces attacked the Turkish Freedom flotilla carrying relief supplies, in May, with nine civilian fatalities.
"We have to be careful with language when discussing Israeli actions. Those who argue that there is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza should not compare the situation with Ethiopia or Sudan in the middle of a draught or a war. Conditions in Gaza are harsh and the population does suffer. Israel's government has denied that people are starving and has srelaxed its import restriction regime. But the siege was never intended to starve Gazans....the aim was 'to put Palestinians on a diet'
" The intention was collective punishment, imposed partly in response to Hamas' political control of Gaza..."

Note the diplomacy . and the conclusion is deliberately tactful:
"I want to see Israel, a free, democratic society, living up to its original values and at peace with its neighbours. It will not achieve this through the apalling Gaza policy. The world - starting with the United States administration and the European Union - shoud tell that to Israel. But don't hold your breath."
How tactful, indeed, is the forceful message put across that Israel should be told off about its apalling Gaza policy. Shouldn't we therefore, try to adopt this style, at least to induce the United States, the European Union and Israel to listen, read and consider our appeal, made with tact and diplomacy and not like rubbing sandpaper into their face? Or are we going to continue to be bold, daring and courageous, but achieving nothing and on the contrary inviting Israel to tighten its hold on Gaza and the Palestinians?

We all know that Tun has been and is still famous for his no-nonsense approach to problem solving. He's the man who calls a spade a spade and we are proud of his forceful words and character as our ex Prime Minister. But we have been harping at and cursing the injustices and brutality of Israel for years without any result. Even the international community has joined the critics and the victims of Israel's "apalling Gaza policy" without any substantive results.

So, shouldn't we try to be a little diplomatic or do we continue with the curse and vitriolic criticisms which we know will just be ignored and sneered at by the US and Israel.True the world community has now joined us in the chant against Israel's brutality but nothing much seems to happen and Tun Mahathir has predicted a very gloomy end to the Palestinian history. Do we have anything to loose to try a different approach? But as Chris Patten says, "don't hold your breath" expecting a miracle. There are so much that Hamas and the Palestinians themselves must do to save themselves from total disaster.


abdulhalimshah said...

Ya Akhi,
The world had been trying to solve the Palestinian issue vis-a-vis the Israelis since the Mandate given to Gt Britain which ended in failure. No matter what approach is taken, the issue can never be settled by man-made solutions. Only Divine intervention can lift the Gazan's horror out of the face of the Earth and only total destruction of Israel can assure the Palestinians return to Jerusalem. There is no other way as we have been told in the revealed Holy Book of the Al-Quraan.

norzah said...

What is revealed in the al-Quran will certainly happen in the end, ya Akhi Halim. But the al-Quran also says that no change will take place unless a commumity (kaum) changes itself. That places the responsibility of change on the community itself; it must strive and pray so that their lot will change for the better, not just pray and seek Allah's intervention. In the end we will all die, but as long as life holds we must try to do something for ourselves before the inevitable end comes. Perhaps Allah is even now angry to see that the Muslims are not helping their brother Muslimin to preserve the dignity of Islam and some Muslim countries are in fact helping the Israelis. What can we say about that? How can we seek divine intervention when "we" ourselves are so divided? It is only on this argument that I believe we ourselves must change and try new approaches. Allah's will, will of course prevail in the end. Subhanallah.

kaykuala said...

The Palestinian question is mired in deceit ( by the Jews) and self interests ( by the US) The Jews said ‘this is my land, God gave this land to me’. They never cared 2 hoots to any kind of limits to their expansion. In fact, when Golda Meir was the Prime Minister, she said when looking East towards Jordan, ‘the state of Israel is as far as the eye can see’. This would include all of the West Bank, Jordan and Syria. When the Jews established Israel, they had already decided to 1) capture Jerusalem 2) extend their borders as a God-given right.
They achieved # 1 and are relentlessly pursuing #2 through deceit ( which is termed settlements but actually ‘a land grab’ forcibly done through devious and illegal means) . One of the laws invoked dated to the time of the Ottoman Empire ( circa 1840s ) ‘ where land not worked on for a certain period of time would be confiscated’ . The purpose during the Ottoman times was to ensure the land was to be cultivated to maximise food production. In modern Israel, however, the owners were prevented from cultivating their land instead ( through the construction of high walls, drawing of new boundaries and other physical interventions) In time the land remained idle and conveniently confiscated after the stated period of time. The land owners who were there for generations were driven off. The lands confiscated were then distributed to the recent Jewish arrivals from the US and the European countries.

The self interests of the US was in the form of having a fortified state to police the Middle East against Arab Interests. This would allow them the luxury of creating other fronts to pursue their evil designs. This is further compounded by the Jewish lobby in the US that ALL American Presidents submit to. This makes Israel untouchable to whatever UN resolutions or adverse public opinions.

There can never be peace in the Middle East without the political will to do so where the US compromised their strength, support and influence which was motivated through self-interests.

Brace yourself. We are in for the long haul for broken promises and ‘legal killings’ of Palestinians (whom the Jews said were not anywhere mentioned throughout the Biblical times to be inhabitants of present day Israel.)

The Jews are just trying to get back what belonged to them. Why are the rest of the world so bothered, they wondered!

The trajedy of the whole situation is that the Arab world ( except for Iran) is tolerant of Israeli atrocities than having a strong Hamas at their doorsteps. Egypt should be opening the borders with Gaza instead of destroying the tunnels. To think Gaza was once part of Egypt ( before the 6-day war of 1967) which would mean the Gazans were once their citizens) May be Egypt is forced to 'cooperate', through some kind of US pressure. We don't really know!

norzah said...

Thanks for a very enlightening background to the atrocious drama that we now witness, Akhi Hank. With the so called Muslim countries helping the US and Israel to pursue their deceit and self-interest what chance do the palestinians have to survive. We can only come to a gloomy conclusion as did Tun Mahathir. Unless there's a divine intervention as said by Akhi Halim.
I like to remain optimistic that something can be done to put some compassion in the heart of even the demons themselves. Prayers may help but the Palestinians and the Arabs must do something themselves. Otherwise the ambition of Golda Mier might become a reality yet.

norzah said...

Those who have followed the comments on Tun Mahathir's latest entry ( Genocide..) will agree that cursing and condemning the Israelis is an old action which brings no result. Tun himself had told Arafat once that the same action which brings no result if repeated will not bring any change. A new approach must be found.
Has our government (on which Tun still has a great influence) changed its own approach to the Palestine issue, or move the OIC and the other Islamic nations to do so. Aren't we not singing the old song or crying out in the same way, probably making the US and Israel laugh at our helplessness?
Has the Muslim world run out of ideas to get the US and Israel to change their foreign policy?
Or are we giving up on the issue and ready to see Palestine and the Palestinians disappear from the surface of the earth?

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