Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Mohd Bakke Salleh
Presiden dan Ketua Eksekutif
Sime Darby Berhad,
YBhg Tan Sri,
Penglibatan Caterpillar dan Hyundai dalam Kekejaman terhadap Rakyat Palestine
Susulan pertemuan kita pada 20 Julai 2016, BDS Malaysia masih menunggu untuk mendapatkan keputusan dan tindak-balas pihak Sime Darby, yang dijanjikan oleh Tan Sri.
Seperti yang dimaklumkan semasa perjumpaan kita, BDS (Boycott, Divest Sanction), adalah sebuah NGO global yang non-partisan ( http://bdsmovement.net/call ). Kami di Malaysia adalah sebahagian daripada usaha yang bergiat secara aman di peringkat antarabangsa bagi menentang kezaliman Israel melalui aktiviti boikot, pelupusan saham dan sekatan. Usaha ini disokong oleh berbagai pihak termasuk para ilmuan, aktivis, pertubuhan bukan kerajaan, majlis perbandaran dan lain-lain dari merata pelusuk dunia.
Usaha BDS ini adalah bagi menyahut seruan lebih daripada 170 organisasi masyarakat sivil Palestin, untuk perpaduan global, dan penggunaan boikot, pelupusan saham dan sekatan, untuk memberi tekanan kepada Israel agar mematuhi sepenuhnya undang-undang antarabangsa.
Matlamat gerakan BDS adalah untuk Israel mengiktiraf Hak Asasi Negara dan Rakyat Palestin, dan mematuhi sepenuhnya undang-undang antarabangsa dengan:
1. Mengakhiri pendudukan dan penjajahan ke atas semua tanah Arab dan merombak Tembok Pemisah
2. Mengiktiraf hak asasi warga Arab-Palestin di Israel untuk kesaksamaan sepenuhnya; dan
3. Menghormati, melindungi dan mempromosi hak-hak pelarian Palestin untuk kembali ke rumah dan harta tanah mereka seperti yang ditetapkan dalam resolusi PBB 194
Di antara aspek kezaliman rejim Israel ialah pemusnahan dengan rakus puluhan ribu rumah kediaman milik rakyat Palestin di Tebing Barat dan Semenanjung Gaza. Aktiviti tidak berperikemanusiaan ini kadangkala dilakukan walaupun penghuni masih berada di dalam rumah. Ini sering mengakibatkan kematian. Jentera yang paling kerap digunakan oleh rejim zalim Israel ialah yang dibekalkan oleh syarikat Caterpillar dan Hyundai.
Di samping itu, jentera-jentera tersebut juga digunakan untuk membina ratusan penempatan haram Israel di atas tanah yang dirampas secara haram dari rakyat Palestin.
Oleh itu BDS Malaysia sekali lagi menyeru Sime Darby sebagai pengedar jentera Caterpillar dan kereta Hyundai di Malaysia, untuk berganding bahu bersama kami, serta seluruh masyarakat dunia yang bencikan kezaliman dalam memberi tekanan kepada syarikat Caterpillar dan Hyundai. Syarikat-syarikat tersebut hendaklah memastikan bahawa jentera yang mereka keluarkan tidak akan digunakan oleh Israel untuk menzalimi rakyat Palestin dan mencabuli hak asasi mereka. Sime Darby juga perlu menyarankan syarikat Caterpillar dan Hyundai supaya memutuskan terus hubungan mereka dengan rejim zalim Israel.
Kami pasti semua rakyat Malaysia yang cintakan keadilan dan kedamaian menyokong usaha murni ini.
Sekian, terima kasih.
Prof Dr. Mohd Nazari Ismail
Pengerusi, BDS Malaysia.
BDS Malaysia salutes the decision of the Malaysian government to maintain its stance of not allowing representatives of Israel to attend any meeting in Malaysia including the planned FIFA congress in May 2017. This is in line and in the spirit of BDS Israel, an international call by civil societies across the globe to boycott and isolate Israel for its continued oppression of the Palestinians.
BDA Malaysia wishes to remind everyone that Israel has kept Palestinians under a brutal military occupation and they have been subjected to countless atrocities for decades, including genocide and ethnic cleansing. Israel has also flouted international law on many occasions and continues to maintain an apartheid policy despite repeated condemnations by the international community.
The sacrifice of not being able to host the FIFA congress is minuscule compared to the sufferings of millions of Palestinians living in Israel, under occupation in the West bank and under siege in Gaza. Then there are those in diaspora unable to return to their land and homes despite being granted that right under international law.
Palestinian athletes, as with all other Palestinians, are subject to Israel’s injustice. Palestinian national footballer Mahmoud Sarsak was detained for 3 years without trial or charge. Zakaria Issa, a national striker was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment in 2003. Muhammad Nimr, a striker in the Palestinian youth football team was detained from 2007 to 2009. https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/adri-nieuwhof/how-israel-derails-promising-careers-palestinian-football-stars
Additionally the Palestinians are denied their right to free travel, needing Israeli permission to enter or leave. Their daily lives are a web of checkpoints, ID cards and permits. Commuting is time-consuming, and very difficult, due to often arbitrary decisions by individual Israeli soldiers. Daily training is an extreme challenge for Palestinian athletes and training facilities are severely compromised. For example, Mary Al-Atrash, who is representing Palestine in the 2016 Rio Olympics, is only able to train in a 25 meter pool, instead of a standard-sized 50 meter pool, due to restrictions on her movement. It has been estimated that Palestinians lose 3 million working hours per day to travel (American Anthropological Association Task Force Israel Palestine, 2015).
In 1970 South Africa was formally ejected from the International Olympic Committee and banned from virtually all international sports till the end of its apartheid policies in 1990s. Advocates for Boycott South Africa argued, “no normal sport in an abnormal society”, that is, as long as the regime prevented everyone from participating equally in society, it should be excluded from participating equally in the international arena.
Sports, especially football, widely accepted as a global sport, is closely tied to national identity, thus making sporting isolation a bitter pill to swallow, as shown with South Africa. Therefore, the international community must stand firm and show Israel that Israelis do not deserve to have a place among the civilized people of the world, as long as their government continues their current policies and practice.
Israel must honor its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully comply with the precepts of international law by:
1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall
2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194
Prof Dr. Mohd Nazari Ismail
Celebrating the hero, Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)
04 June 2016
The human rights and Palestine solidarity organisation BDS South Africa joins the peace-loving peoples of the world in mourning the loss and celebrating the life of boxing legend and activist, Muhammad Ali.
Ali is an inspiration for those us fighting for justice – be it in the struggle against racial injustice, economic exploitation or Israeli Apartheid.
According to news reports, in 1974 already, the former boxing champion told a press conference in Beirut, that “the United States is the stronghold of Zionism and imperialism.” On a later visit to two Palestinian refugee camps Muhammad Ali is quoted as saying: “I declare support for the Palestinian struggle to liberate their homeland.”
In 1985 the heavyweight boxer travelled to Israel in an attempt to secure the release of Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners held by the Israeli regime.
Ali’s determination and commitment to civil rights, anti-imperialism and social justice motivated many of our people (and our international allies) in the anti-apartheid movement. Today Ali inspires many Palestinian solidarity activists in the struggle and boycott of Israeli Apartheid.
Muhammad Ali – our champ, the peoples champ, the champ.
Hamba Kahle, Comrade Muhammad Ali. Lala ngoxolo.
ISSUED BY KWARA KEKANA ON BEHALF OF BDS SOUTH AFRICA
BDS Malaysia is utterly dismayed and disappointed with the signing of the research collaboration between the Singapore National Research Foundation and Hebrew University of Israel to form the Singapore-Hebrew University Alliance for Research and Enterprise (SHARE), during Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s visit to Israel.
BDS Malaysia would like to bring to the attention of PM Lee the fact that 170 Palestinian civil society organisations, including those representing academics, within historic Palestine and in the diaspora, have called on the world to show solidarity with and support for boycott, divestment and sanctions efforts against Israel. They also called on the international academic community to:
1. Refrain from participating in any form of academic and cultural cooperation, collaboration or joint projects with Israeli institutions;
2. Advocate a comprehensive boycott of Israeli institutions at the national and international levels, including suspension of all forms of funding and subsidies to these institutions;
3. Promote divestment and disinvestment from Israel by international academic institutions;
4. Work towards the condemnation of Israeli policies by pressing for resolutions to be adopted by academic, professional and cultural associations and organizations;
5. Support Palestinian academic and cultural institutions directly without requiring them to partner with Israeli counterparts as an explicit or implicit condition for such support.
This BDS call has also been supported by Jewish academics and activists. In 2014, over 200 Jewish academics and activists issued a statement calling for the dismantling of Israel’s apartheid regime throughout historic Palestine, in solidarity with the Palestinian call for BDS.
In reality, the effects of Israeli occupation and oppression of Palestinian academia are many and severe. Palestinian scholars do not enjoy the same rights to academic freedom as Israeli scholars. Israel controls the entry of books into the occupied Palestinian territories and does not refrain from bombing universities and schools in Gaza. Palestinian academics face severe restrictions on movement via the system of checkpoints, permits and ID cards. The severe restrictions on movement also obviously make travel abroad difficult for Palestinian students and academics. This is compounded by restrictions on the entry of foreign scholars to Palestine by Israel. The entry of research equipment, spare parts, and material, is also tightly controlled by the Israeli government, making scientific research essentially impossible. In short, Palestinian scholars are prevented from engaging with each other and the world in virtually all fundamental aspects of academic pursuit and research.
PM Lee mentioned Albert Einstein’s visit to Singapore in 1922. Surely PM Lee is aware then that Einstein said, “I should much rather see reasonable agreement with the Arabs on the basis of living together in peace than the creation of a Jewish state. Apart from the practical considerations, my awareness of the essential nature of Judaism resists the idea of a Jewish state with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal power no matter how modest. I am afraid of the inner damage Judaism will sustain – especially from the development of a narrow nationalism within our own ranks, against which we have already had to fight without a Jewish state”. (http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/01/einstein-on-palestine-and-zionism/).
BDS Malaysia therefore calls on the Singapore government to join hands with the global BDS movement to isolate Israel as long as Israel continues to commit human right abuses towards the Palestinians.
Prof. Mohd Nazari Ismail, PhD.