Celebrating the hero, Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) – BDS South Africa

PRESS STATEMENT
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 on planned FIFA Congress 2017

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. 
(http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/08/165129/better-malaysia-not-host-fifa-congress-says-zahid)

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
Chairman
BDS Malaysia

Surat Terbuka Kepada Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Mohd Bakke Salleh, Presiden, Sime Darby Berhad

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 

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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.

 

Yang benar,

Prof Dr. Mohd Nazari Ismail

Pengerusi, BDS Malaysia.

BDS Malaysia on Singapore-Israel research collaboration

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.
Chairman
BDS Malaysia

Kenyataan Akhbar BDS Malaysia Berhubung Isu Boikot McDonald’s

Kenyataan Akhbar BDS Malaysia Berhubung Isu Boikot McDonald’s

11 Disember 2017

BDS Malaysia sering menerima soalan berkenaan isu pemboikotan McDonald’s dalam usaha menentang kezaliman Israel. 

BDS Malaysia berhubung rapat dengan JK Nasional BDS (BDS National Committee, BNC) yang menjadi sekretariat kepada gerakan BDS antarabangsa. Di bawah adalah jawapan daripada BNC berkenaan isu boikot McDonald’s. (terjemahan disediakan di bawah):

“Effective BDS campaigns are based on accurate research. There is a lot of information online claiming that big companies give money to Israel. Sometimes these rumours turn out to be false.” 

“For example, some campaigners call for a boycott of Starbucks. But Starbucks doesn’t have any stores in Israel and officially confirms that it does not support Israel.”

“Companies such as McDonald’s are not priorities for the BDS movement at this stage. We focus on companies that play a clear and direct role in sustaining Israeli violations of international law and that we can have a tangible impact upon.”

“Kempen BDS yang berkesan adalah berdasarkan penyelidikan yang tepat. Terdapat banyak maklumat atas talian mendakwa bahawa syarikat-syarikat besar memberikan wang kepada Israel. Kadang-kadang khabar angin ini adalah palsu.”

“Sebagai contoh, beberapa kempen menyeru untuk memboikot Starbucks. Tetapi Starbucks tidak mempunyai kedai di Israel dan mengesahkan secara rasmi bahawa ia tidak menyokong Israel.”

“Syarikat-syarikat seperti McDonald’s bukan keutamaan untuk pergerakan BDS pada peringkat ini. Kami menumpukan kepada syarikat-syarikat yang memainkan peranan yang jelas dan langsung dalam membantu Israel melanggar undang-undang antarabangsa juga syarikat-syarikat yang dirasakan akan terkesan dengan usaha kita.”

 

Senarai penuh syarikat-syarikat yang menjadi sasaran BDS boleh dilihat di sini: http://bdslist.org/full-list/

 

Bagi kita di Malaysia, BDS Malaysia memfokuskan usaha kepada 5 syarikat berikut:

 

1. Caterpillar – pembekal jentera berat yang memusnahkan rumah-rumah rakyat Palestin dan untuk pembinaan penempatan haram Israel;

2. Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) – (sama seperti Caterpillar);

3. Hewlett Packard (HP) – pembekal teknologi IT dan komputer kepada tentera, polis dan penjara Israel;

4. G4S – pembekal teknologi keselamatan kepada tentera, polis dan penjara Israel;

5. Ahava – syarikat kosmetik yang mengaut keuntungan daripada mineral yang dicuri dari laut mati, kawasan milik Palestin yang dirampas secara haram sejak tahun 1967.

 

Prof. Nazari Ismail,
Pengerusi,
BDS Malaysia

Kerajaan Malaysia Bertanggungjawab Menyekat Perdagangan Antara Malaysia Dan Negara Apartheid Zionis Israel

KENYATAAN MEDIA

22 Oktober 2018

KERAJAAN MALAYSIA BERTANGGUNGJAWAB MENYEKAT PERDAGANGAN ANTARA MALAYSIA DAN NEGARA APARTHEID ZIONIS ISRAEL

Boycott, Divest, Sanctions Malaysia (BDS Malaysia) sangat kecewa dan bimbang susulan dari laporan baru-baru ini yang menyatakan bahawa Malaysia adalah pembeli alat intipan (spyware) yang dihasilkan oleh Israel.

Sekiranya laporan itu benar, ia adalah satu petunjuk bahawa terdapat hubungan dagang antara Malaysia dan negara apartheid Zionis walaupun secara rasmi kerajaan Malaysia tidak mempunyai sebarang hubungan dengan Israel, sama ada diplomatik, budaya atau ekonomi.

Rakyat Malaysia harus memahami bahawa selagi negara apartheid Zionis Israel dilayan dengan hormat, atau secara biasa, ia akan menyangka bahawa dasarnya yang menindas terhadap rakyat Palestin adalah diterima oleh masyarakat antarabangsa. Ini akan menyebabkan usaha keamanan yang adil untuk semua pihak dalam konflik Palestin-Israel sukar dicapai. Sebenarnya Israel harus diberi tindakan yang sama yang telah diberikan kepada rejim apartheid Afrika Selatan dahulu. Rejim tersebut telah dijatuhkan melalui kempen boikot dan sekatan dan inilah cara yang perlu digunakan untuk menghapuskan rejim apartheid Israel. Negara apartheid Zionis ini mesti terus menjadi sasaran kempen untuk mengasingkannya dari masyarakat dunia.

Dalam hal ini, BDS Malaysia kecewa bahawa hubungan perdagangan telah wujud antara Malaysia dan Israel sejak beberapa tahun yang lalu walaupun ianya dilaporkan berlaku ketika Malaysia berada di bawah kerajaan BN yang telah tidak lagi berkuasa.

Kami dengan sukacitanya mengalu-alukan pendirian pro-Palestin yang kuat oleh kerajaan Malaysia yang baru dan menggesanya mengambil langkah-langkah yang bermakna untuk menyekat sebarang perdagangan haram dengan negara apartheid Zionis. Oleh itu, BDS Malaysia menggesa kerajaan untuk:

a) menyiasat kebenaran tuduhan mengenai pembelian alat intipan (spyware) dari Israel oleh kerajaan Malaysia, dan jika ia benar, mengenalpasti siapa yang bertanggungjawab dalam hal itu.

b) merangka dan mengumumkan di Parlimen langkah-langkah untuk mengesan dan mengekang perdagangan haram dengan Israel.

Rakyat dan kerajaan Malaysia tidak sepatutnya meremehkan kemampuan mereka untuk menyumbang kepada usaha menyekat kezaliman terhadap rakyat Palestin. Menyekat import produk Israel dan membasmi perdagangan dengan negara apartheid Zionis ini akan melemahkan mereka dan akan membantu perjuangan mulia menegakkan keadilan di Palestin.

PROFESOR MOHD NAZARI ISMAIL
Pengerusi, Boycott, Divest, Sanksi Malaysia (BDS Malaysia)

BDS Malaysia Mengecam Pembelotan Oman

KENYATAAN MEDIA
27 Oktober 2018

BDS MALAYSIA MENGECAM PEMBELOTAN OMAN

Pada masa dunia, Arab dan bukan Arab, Muslim dan bukan Islam, bersatu menyokong perjuangan pembebesan Palestin dari kezaliman Zionis Israel, adalah sangat memalukan dan sangat mengecewakan untuk melihat Oman bersetuju untuk menerima lawatan Perdana Menteri Israel.

Dan pada masa ketika negara apartheid Zionis berterusan dengan jenayah zalimnya mengarahkan tenteranya menembak mati orang awam Palestin yang tidak bersenjata yang mengambil bahagian di dalam demonstrasi `Great Return March’, keputusan oleh mana-mana negara menjadi tuan rumah kepada lawatan Netanyahu aalah satu tindakan yang benar-benar tercela, menjijikkan dan patut dikutuk, terutama sekali jika negara tersebut adalah sebuah negara Arab dan Muslim. 

BDS Malaysia dengan tidak berbelah bagi mengutuk sekeras-kerasnya keputusan pemimpin Sultan Kesultanan Oman untuk membenarkan Netanyahu melawat negaranya.

Dasar normalisasi hubungan dengan Oman dan negara-negara Teluk akan dijadikan bukti seolah-olah polisi apartheid dan penindasan oleh Israel terhadap rakyat Palestin tidak wujud atau diterima tanpa protes oleh jiran Arabnya.

Jika ketakutan terhadap Iran yang mendorong Oman dan negara-negara Teluk lain untuk berbaik-baik dengan Israel, kerajaan negara-negara tersebut sepatutnya menyingkap balik sejarah untuk mengenali hakikat negara Israel. Lupakah mereka akan peristiwa Nakba 1948, Perang Suez 1956, perang 1967, pencerobohan tahun 1982 di Lebanon? Lupakah mereka bahwa semua di atas adalah bukti kemampuan Israel untuk menceroboh negara lain termasuk negara jiran Arabnya? Mereka patut sedar bahawa sesungguhnya tindakan jenayah oleh Israel tidak akan berakhir semata-mata kerana negara-negara Teluk sanggup berbaik dengan negara apartheid Zionis itu.

Sekiranya motif tindakan mereka adalah kerana kebimbangan Iran akan mencetuskan pergolakan dalaman di negara-negara Teluk, maka pemimpin negara Teluk yang kebanyakannya adalah tidak dipilih perlu memikirkan secara mendalam reaksi rakyat mereka terhadap polisi mengadakan hubungan dengan Israel. Sebenarnya polisi ini kemungkinan besar akan menimbulkan semangat di kalangan rakyat mereka sendiri untuk menggulingkan pemimpin mereka – tanpa memerlukan gangguan luar.

Oleh itu, BDS Malaysia sekali lagi menggesa Oman dan negara-negara Teluk lain untuk terus tidak mempunyai sebarang diplomatik atau sebarang hubungan dengan negara apartheid Zionis dan mengekalkan segala usaha untuk mengasingkan Israel di peringkat antarabangsa.

 

PROFESOR MOHD NAZARI ISMAIL
Pengerusi, BDS Malaysia

BDS Malaysia Condemns Oman’s Treacherous Move To Host Netanyahu’s Visit

MEDIA STATEMENT BY BDS MALAYSIA
27 October 2018
 
BDS MALAYSIA CONDEMNS OMAN’S TREACHEROUS MOVE TO HOST NETANYAHU’S VISIT

At a time when the world, Arab and non-Arab, Muslim and non-Muslim, are rallying to the Palestinian cause, it is utterly shameful and bitterly disappointing to see Oman agreeing to receive the visit of the Israeli prime minister.

And at a time when the Zionist apartheid state continues unabated its criminal policy of ‘shoot-to-kill’ against unarmed Palestinian civilians of the Great Return March, a decision by any country, especially if it is both Arab and Muslim, to host a visit by the odious Netanyahu is totally reprehensible, disgusting and deserving of condemnation.

Boycott, Divest, Sanctions Malaysia (BDS Malaysia) unreservedly condemns the decision by the Sultanate of Oman to allow Netanyahu to visit the country.

Israel is using the spectre of Iran to advance its own interests.  It will waste no time to use any normalisation of relations with Oman and the Gulf countries as evidence that its apartheid and oppressive policies towards Palestinians are accepted without protest by its Arab neighbours.  

If it is really fear of Iran that is prompting Oman and the other Gulf states to consider Israel favourably, the government of those countries would do well to reflect on history. The Nakba of 1948, the Suez War of 1956, the June 1967 war, the 1982 invasion of Lebanon are episodes in a series of naked and brutal aggression perpetrated by Israel, not Iran, against its Arab neighbours. That series is not likely to end if the Gulf states decided to embrace the Zionist apartheid state.

If it is regime security and the fear that Iran will foment internal unrest in the Gulf countries that is pushing those countries towards Israel, their unelected rulers would do well to reflect on the sentiments and feelings of their own population were they to normalise relations with Israel. It will be a decision that may quite possibly foment unrest among their own peoples — without any need for outside interference.

BDS Malaysia therefore strongly urges Oman and other Gulf states to continue not having any diplomatic or any other kind of ties with the Zionist apartheid state and maintain all efforts to isolate it internationally.  

PROFESSOR MOHD NAZARI ISMAIL
Chairman, BDS Malaysia

BDS Malaysia mengutuk dengan sekeras-kerasnya pencerobohan terkini oleh rejim apartheid Zionis terhadap rakyat Gaza

KENYATAAN MEDIA DARI BDS MALAYSIA

13 NOVEMBER 2018

Boycott, Divestment, Sanction – Malaysia (BDS Malaysia) mengutuk dengan sekeras-kerasnya pencerobohan terkini oleh rejim apartheid Zionis terhadap rakyat Gaza. Setakat ini hampir sepuloh bangunan awam di Gaza yang tiada kaitan dengan ketenteraan, termasuk sebuah tadika, telah sengaja disasarkan dan dihancurkan oleh kapalterbang pengebom rejim Israel tanpa mengira ancaman tindakan mereka terhadap keselamatan orang awam.

Konvensi Geneva Keempat pada tahun 1949 jelas melarang serangan terhadap orang awam dalam zon peperangan. Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu pada tahun 1993 secara rasmi juga menyatakan bahawa semua keputusan Konvensi Geneva mengikat semua negara di dunia termasuk negara yang tidak menandatanganinya.

Oleh itu, BDS Malaysia menyeru PBB dan masyarakat antarabangsa untuk segera mengambil langkah-langkah yang diperlukan untuk memaksa negara apartheid Zionis menamatkan jenayah mereka di Gaza dan membawa pemimpin Israel yang bertanggungjawab dengan serangan ganas ini ke Mahkamah Jenayah Antarabangsa. Pelanggaran oleh Israel terhadap Konvensyen Geneva dalam hal ini amat jelas. Kegagalan masyarakat antarabangsa mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap Israel akan menggalakkan rejim Zionis apartheid  ini untuk terus bertindak dengan jenayah zalimnya.

Para pemimpin negara-negara utama Eropah barat telah berkumpul di Perancis pada hari Ahad, 11 November untuk memperingati tarikh berakhirnya Perang Dunia Pertama. Sentimen telah dinyatakan oleh mereka tentang bencana peperangan terhadap tentera dan orang awam. Bencana yang kini berlaku di Gaza sebenarnya berkait dengan Perang Dunia Pertama. Kerajaan-kerajaan negara-negara barat di Eropah mesti melaksanakan kata-kata mereka dengan menyekat keganasan dan jenayah yang dilakukan oleh Israel sekarang kepada rakyat Palestin di Gaza. Kegagalan mereka dalam hal ini akan membongkarkan sikap kepura-puraan mereka dalam membela rakyat Palestin dari kezaliman rejim Zionis.

PROFESOR MOHD NAZARI ISMAIL
Pengerusi, BDS Malaysia
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BDS Malaysia condemns in the strongest possible terms the latest aggression by the Zionist apartheid state against the people of Gaza

MEDIA STATEMENT FROM BDS MALAYSIA

13 November 2018

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions – Malaysia (BDS Malaysia) condemns in the strongest possible terms the latest aggression by the Zionist apartheid state against the people of Gaza. Up to now, almost ten civilian buildings of no military significance, including a kindergarten have been deliberately targeted by Israeli warplanes with absolutely no concern for non-combatant casualties. 

The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 expressively prohibits the harming of civilians in a war zone and the United Nations in 1993 have officially adopted the position that all provisions of the Geneva Convention are binding on all nations of the world including non-signatory countries.

BDS Malaysia therefore calls on the UN and the international community to immediately take all necessary measures to force the Zionist apartheid state to end its criminal bombing of civilians in Gaza and bring the Israeli leaders behind this barbaric onslaught to account before the International Criminal Court. The violation by Israel of the Geneva Convention is blatant and clear in this case. Inaction by the international community in the face of overwhelming evidence will only invite further outrages from the apartheid state.

The leaders of the major countries of western Europe gathered in France on Sunday, 11th  November to commemorate the centenary since the end of the First World War. Sentiments were expressed by them about the horrors of war for both soldiers and civilians. The horrors of war now happening in Gaza have their roots in the First World War. The governments of those western European nations must walk the talk, express their utter revulsion to what Israel is doing now to the Palestinian people of Gaza and do everything within their means to get the apartheid state to stop its criminal actions. Anything less will just betray their hypocrisy in the case of blatant injustices done to the Palestinians by the Zionist regime.

PROFESSOR MOHD NAZARI ISMAIL
Chairman, BDS Malaysia
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