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MPs from all over Malaysia came back to Kuala Lumpur (on the taxpayer’s dole) to pass a pointless resolution condemning Israel and, more hilariously, demanding that Israel be tried under the Geneva Conventions. Just that the International Criminal Court tries individuals not countries. The other international court, the International Court of Justice, isn’t really a court – it is a voluntary arbitration court for disputes between states. Good luck getting a prosecution, no less a conviction.

Chances of this doing a damn thing to change the situation on the ground? Nil.

In fact, no where in the resolution is Hamas, which used a school, civilian apartments and other areas within Gaza’s dense urban areas to launch attacks against Israel. While not beyond Malaysians to be hypocritical, but honestly – condemning Israelis for killing women, children and the elderly and not condemning the organization using them as human shields?

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  1. After reading Mark Joyner’s ‘How to End the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict’ blog post I decided to create a global petition to rally support for his plan. Mark’s plan decidedly avoids pointing fingers at anyone – it only asks for 3rd party intervention to provide security for all of the innocent civilians in Gaza, the West Bank, and the surrounding Israeli towns – the vast majority of whom simply want to be left alone to live in peace. Please, sign our petition now!

    Thank you
    Igor

  2. Israel’s bombings and ground offensive against the so-called ‘Hamas’, is known world-wide through Jewish media propaganda, as directly in reply to rockets fired by ‘Hamas’, into populated areas of neighbouring Israel. The world however, is kept in dark as to why ‘Hamas’ had been firing the rockets. And the world is hardly bothered to know the reason. Neither the world media is willing or being asked for the reason. The general impression created by the Jewish propaganda is that ‘Hamas’ is terrorist organisation— period. There is more to that propaganda truth than the public is made aware off. Israel had made Gaza a virtual ‘Auswitz’ camp, by completely surrounding it and closing its border and first making it dependent on Israel’s supplies of electricity and fuel supplies, using the links to pressurize and punish Gazans, into submitting to its own ever increasing illegal demands of Palestinian people. Israel has made Gaza an open prison. And since Israel is the occupying force, according to international law legalizes all resistance against occupying forces for the occupied people to attempt to free themselves, and it includes armed resistance. Even prisoners in enemy camps have legal international right to attempt to escape. Israel is fully aware of all these rights as its own people were under Nazi prison camps and now Israel is using all the Nazi tactics to break the will of the people of Palestine to seek their freedom from occupation.

    Israel is relentlessly persecuting Palestinians, subjecting them to endless series of hardships, summary arrests, confiction of their properties, uprooting of their age-old settlement. All such incidents are not publicised and made know to the world, mainly because the world media is in the hands of Jewish owners and the world is brainwashed into treating Arabs and Muslims as enemy number one, of the so-called civilised world. This is a grand ploy to control and occupy their countries and plunder their wealth and resources.

    I can go on and one. But I address this to thinking people, who can judge for themselves the issues involved and not fall for propaganda of one side or the other.

    Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

  3. ghulammuhammed: Firstly, the blockade on Gaza isn’t solely the responsibility of Israel – Egypt, for security reasons, closed the border between Sinai and Gaza. If Gaza has turned into an open prison, it would be Hamas’ fault. Cease terrorism, and it would be politically infeasible in Israel to maintain the blockade (especially when 20% of Israeli voters are Arabs).

    Remember, Israel voluntarily withdrew from Gaza, dismantling settlements it has there. The two-state solution have consistently been offered – Hamas’ only compromise is a 10-year truce where they would rearm and begin attacking Israel again.

    There is no reason why Israel should keep an open border with a violent Gaza.

    Igor: Its unlikely/highly improbable UN peacekeepers would solve the issue. UN peacekeepers in Lebanon didn’t prevent the recent war there. And within Israel, there is a (rghtful) perception of bias against Israel within UN (after all, Israel is the only country ineligible to be a member of the UNSC). And with US, UK, and other members of NATO overstretched in Iraq and Afghanistan, members of any peacekeeper contingent would have a high amount of forces that are, at best, hostile towards Israel.

    Yes, structural changes must be made to bring the region closer to peace, but they are hardly what you mentioned. Take UN’s sacred cow, the UNRWA, for example. They perpetuates the festering wound that is Palestinian refugee camps decades after the 1948 War of Independence. Any other refugee group would have been resettled, not placed in high density camps with dismal conditions, with education using radicalized textbooks.


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