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MEDIA STATEMENT BY BDS MALAYSIA ON GAZA ATTACKS

MEDIA STATEMENT BY BDS MALAYSIA

15 March 2019

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the attacks carried out by the Zionist apartheid regime on Gaza last night. 

All groups in Gaza have denied firing rockets into Israel, and Hamas especially has clearly stated it has no interest in escalating tensions. In fact, there were reports that the Israeli government knew that Hamas did not fire any rockets into Israel. It is instead the Netanyahu regime which has all the self-serving reasons for an escalation.

First, to show the electorate of the Zionist state that he is tougher on Palestinians than his political rivals. Second, to divert attention from the intensifying brutal activities of illegal settlers, aided by Israeli security forces in Jerusalem, which target the Al Aqsa mosque and the Palestinians who tried to resist them. Third, to force a cessation of the weekly Great Return March by the people of Gaza.

The Israeli airstrikes into densely populated Gaza are bound to cause numerous civilian casualties.  We therefore call on the international community to immediately use all means at its disposal to force the Zionist regime to cease escalating the conflict and stop all attacks on the Gaza Strip before more civilian deaths and injuries ensue.  

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Malaysia

Media Statement from BDS Malaysia on the Warsaw Summit

Media Statement from BDS Malaysia on the Warsaw Summit

16 February 2019

When others in and outside the Middle East are continuing efforts to isolate the Zionist apartheid regime, it makes a highly deplorable sight for Arab leaders to be seen sitting in the same meeting as the Israeli prime minister, as what happened during the recent Warsaw summit. All the more so when none of those Arab leaders brought up the issue of justice for Palestinians during that meeting. The Israeli PM was all too eager to be photographed with the Arab leaders, thus providing him with campaign fodder and the boast that the Arab world is open to the normalisation of relations with Israel – without Israel changing any of its policies towards Palestinians. The clear Israeli intent is to weaken the all sectors official Arab ban on conducting contacts with it and thus make the idea of diplomatic relations more amenable to the population of those Arab states.  

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Malaysia (BDS Malaysia) condemns in the strongest terms possible any move by the Arab states which attended the said summit to normalise relations with Israel before true Palestinian self-determination and a genuine and just peace is achieved. Such a move is nothing more and nothing less than abandonment by the Arab states of their Palestinian brothers and sisters to ever continuing dispossession and genocide at the hands of Netanyahu and his ilk.    

The spectre of Iran has been and is being used to manipulate these Arab states into doing the unthinkable. As has been stated before, their leaders should ask themselves, between Israel and Iran, which one has done more to attack, invade, bomb and occupy the territories of its neighbours these past several decades to warrant prudent fear and concern. Surely the answer is clear.

Those Arab states, before even countenancing formal ties with the Zionist regime, ought to consider the sentiments and feelings of their own citizenry towards warming up to Israel while Israel itself continues to kill, injure and steal land from their Palestinian brethren. There is a strong possibility that those Arab regimes will become more unpopular with their own people if they normalise relations with an Israel which continues its brutal oppression of Palestinians. Ultimately, it may be Israel and not Iran that will be the cause of their downfall.

There will be more ‘Warsaw summits’ in the future. We strongly urge the governments of those Arab countries which attended the recent one to refrain from lending themselves to be exploited by the Zionist regime for its own ends, none of which include justice and dignity to Palestinians.

BDS MALAYSIA

Kenyataan Media dari BDS Malaysia Berkenaan Persidangan Warsaw

Kenyataan Media dari BDS Malaysia Berkenaan Persidangan Warsaw

16 Februari 2019

Ketika masyarakat di Timur Tengah dan di tempat lain terus berusaha untuk memboikot rejim apartheid Zionis, adalah sangat menyedihkan melihat para pemimpin negara Arab duduk bersama-sama perdana menteri Israel semasa sidang kemuncak Warsaw baru-baru ini. Lebih-lebih lagi apabila tiada pemimpin Arab yang membangkitkan isu keadilan bagi Palestin semasa mesyuarat itu. PM Israel sudah tentu bersemangat untuk bergambar dengan para pemimpin Arab dan dengan itu membantu beliau menyatakan dengan bangga bahawa dunia Arab sudah cenderung kepada langkah normalisasi hubungan dengan Israel, walaupun Israel kekal dengan dasarnya yang zalim terhadap rakyat Palestin. 

Tujuan Israel yang jelas adalah untuk melemahkan semua larangan rasmi Arab terhadap melakukan hubungan dengannya. Israel mengharapkan langkah ini akan memudahkan penerimaan masyarakat negara-negara Arab kepada hubungan diplomatik dengannya.

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS Malaysia) dengan ini mengutuk dengan sekeras-kerasnya sebarang tindakan oleh negara-negara Arab yang menghadiri sidang kemuncak itu mengadakan normalisasi hubungan dengan Israel. Tindakan sedemikian adalah jelas mencerminkan sikap tidak menghiraukan nasib rakyat Palestin yang sehingga hari ini masih menjadi mangsa kezaliman Israel.

Isu Iran telah dan sedang digunakan oleh Israel untuk memanipulasi negara-negara Arab untuk bertindak dengan cara yang sangat pelik. Seperti yang telah dinyatakan sebelum ini, para pemimpin mereka harus bertanya kepada diri mereka sendiri, antara Israel dan Iran, negara manakah sebenarnya yang lebih kerap menyerang, mengebom dan menduduki wilayah jiran-jirannya sejak beberapa dekad yang lalu? Sesungguhnya jawapannya jelas.

Negara-negara Arab sebenarnya wajib mempertimbangkan sentimen dan perasaan rakyatnya sendiri terhadap Israel yang sedang membunuh, mencederakan dan mencuri tanah dari rakyat Palestin. Sebarang langkah normalisasi dengan Israel akan membuat rakyat mereka lebih membenci pemimpin mereka. Tidak mustahil bahawa langkah mereka berbaik dengan Israel yang akhirnya boleh menyebabkan mereka digulingkan oleh rakyat mereka sendiri.

Kemungkinan besar persidangan seperti 'Warsaw Summit' akan diadakan lagi di masa hadapan. BDS Malaysia menggesa pemimpin-pemimpin negara-negara Arab mengelakkan diri mereka dari dieksploitasi oleh rejim Zionis untuk tujuannya sendiri. Sebaliknya mereka harus memberi keutamaan kepada membela nasib rakyat Palestin.

BDS MALAYSIA

The Necessity to Understand the Truth Behind the Struggle for Freedom for Palestine

By Mohd Nazari Ismail

Chairman,  BDS Malaysia

January 28, 2019

The Malaysian government’s recent decision not to allow Israeli para swimmers into the country seems to have attracted a lot of attention from fellow Malaysians and non-Malaysians alike.  Interestingly, many who applaud the decision are non-Malaysians. One of them, Assoc, Professor Dr. Peter Slezak,  a Jewish academic teaching philosophy at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and a strong supporter of the global Boycott , Divestment and Sanction movement (BDS), even sent a congratulatory message to me.

The people who agree with the decision are invariably those who understand the real history of the crimes committed by Zionists against the Palestinians. As explained by Ilan Pappe, a Jewish professor of history from the University of Exeter in the UK in one of his books, ‘The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine’, the creation of the state of Israel was actually accomplished by a process of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population. Thousands were killed and their villages were razed to the ground. Around 750,000 Palestinians became refugees in Gaza, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.  They had no choice because the Zionist terrorist gangs of Irgun and Stern would have killed them and their families had they decided to remain in their houses. 

The above historical facts are not known by many unless one bothers to dig deeper into the issue. Sadly, some ignorant Malaysians have accepted the standard Zionist narrative that they showed up in Palestine in the late 19th century to reclaim their ancestral homeland;  that Jews bought land and started building up the Jewish community there;  that they were met with increasingly violent opposition from the Palestinian Arabs, presumably stemming from the Arabs’ inherent anti-Semitism; that the Zionists were then forced to defend themselves and, in one form or another, this same situation continues up to today. But as explained by a group of Jews who call themselves `Jews for Justice in the Middle East’ in their publication entitled “The Origin of the Palestine-Israel Conflict”, the above account is simply not true.

According to the `Jews for Justice in the Middle East’:

“What really happened was that the Zionist movement, from the beginning, looked forward to a practically complete dispossession of the indigenous Arab population so that Israel could be a wholly Jewish state, or as much as was possible. Land bought by the Jewish National Fund was held in the name of the Jewish people and could never be sold or even leased back to Arabs (a situation which continues to the present). The Arab community, as it became increasingly aware of the Zionists’ intentions, strenuously opposed further Jewish immigration and land buying because it posed a real and imminent danger to the very existence of Arab society in Palestine. Because of this opposition, the entire Zionist project never could have been realized without the military backing of the British. The vast majority of the population of Palestine, by the way, had been Arabic since the seventh century A.D. (Over 1200 years). In short, Zionism was based on a faulty, colonialist world view that the rights of the indigenous inhabitants didn’t matter. The Arabs’ opposition to Zionism wasn’t based on anti-Semitism but rather on a totally reasonable fear of the dispossession of their people.”

It is therefore very obvious that Israel as country was formed illegally. By right, the international community should not have recognised the country called `Israel’. Unfortunately, only a few countries, which include Malaysia, hold that stance till today and hence the absence of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and Israel. 

Meanwhile, Israel continues to commit flagrant human rights violations against the Palestinians such as seizing their lands and building illegal settlements on them, killing and injuring thousands of innocent Palestinian citizens, imprisoning them (including women and children) and making their life difficult by imposing all kinds of restrictions including hundreds of checkpoints on roads used by Palestinians. The millions who are living in Gaza are enduring untold sufferings because it has been blockaded by Israel since 2007. Movement of people and goods are severely restricted and as a result Gaza is like a giant open air prison.  In recent months almost 250 Gazans were murdered by Israeli sharpshooters and thousands maimed or severely injured. Their only `crime’  was simply to hold unarmed protests near the barrier set up by Israel to prevent the Palestinians refugees from going back to their homes even though that right has been given to them under UN resolution 154 which was passed in 1948.

People who understand the above reality will appreciate the decision by the Malaysian government to ban athletes representing Israel from entering the country. Fortunately, more and more people do, and that is why the decision is being applauded and appreciated.  It is now our responsibility to educate the rest who are not aware of the truth behind the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality so that they too will one day be part of this noble cause.

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