Israel’s attack on the six ships carrying humanitarian aid labeled as Freedom Flotilla is the current squeeze on news globally. The attack, described by Israel’s commandos as ‘self-defense’ has resulted in the deaths of many Turkish activists and the operation, conducted in international waters definitely was uncalled for.
Many questions loom above our heads as to why the military decided to intervene the humanitarian ship delivering aid to Gaza and nothing logical came to mind other than the fact that Israel cannot afford to have Palestinians to survive. But what needs to be highlighted is the fact that despite Gaza Strip being a Palestinian territory, The UN, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and many other international bodies and NGOs consider Israel to be the occupying power of the Gaza Strip as Israel controls Gaza’s airspace, territorial waters and does not allow the movement of people or goods in or out of Gaza by air or sea.
Sure, many have taken to the streets to protest against this latest international fiasco Israel has done unto Palestine yet again but how many governments are really determined to work together to put an end to this? Each and everytime they come to sit at the United Nations Security Council to discuss on this issue, statements are issued but no viable action is taken against Israel. I guess this really means that the world governments especially the Arab League and Islamic countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia with the exception of Iran is just ‘No Action, Talk Only’ and are extreme cowards in their own right.
I feel extremely disappointed at how these countries who are members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference have resorted to allowing their fellow Palestinian Muslim brothers and sisters getting tortured and suffer in the hands of a fellow neighbour. According to its charter, the OIC aims to preserve Islamic social and economic values; promote solidarity amongst member states; increase cooperation in social, economic, cultural, scientific, and political areas; uphold international peace and security; and advance education, particularly in the fields of science and technology.
UPHOLD INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY????
What have they ever done?
Isn’t it time that the OIC come together to resolve this issue through a more strategic diplomatic means. Sending their own troops to safeguard journeys for humanitarian aid would be a really good start since the troops can provide the necessary protection required of these activists and any attack against them would be constitutional. Perhaps, when the OIC convenes for a meeting in KL this coming week, they could perhaps table this issue out rather than just be concerned about ballooning their already huge pockets from all that corrupt dealings at the expense of Islamic values.
True that perhaps, Rafah border in Egypt has been opened to allow such aid to flow in but do you really believe that those aid will reach those who really need it? Rafah border is right at the other end of where the aid is truly needed and it’s bound to be intercepted by Israeli forces as it has been in the past should there not be protection given to the travelling activists.
I am honestly infuriated with this latest situation and am extremely disappointed that I cannot do more than just air my feelings on the World Wide Web. Holding public demonstrations are no doubt a good show of condemnation towards Israel and the useless United States pro-Israeli government but if it hasn’t work in the past, what makes you think it will today?
Tolerance is something Muslims are well-known for but stupidity is something not to be tolerated and being made to look like Idiots on the international stage for letting Israel attack your fellow brothers and sisters should not be tolerated.
Times like this, I really miss Malaysian Ex-PM, Dr Mahathir Mohamed with his fiery lashes on the Zionist state.
Again, below are some comments made by Israeli ministers:
“It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonialization, or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands.”
— Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of militants from the extreme right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, November 15, 1998.
“Everybody has to move, run and grab as many (Palestinian) hilltops as they can to enlarge the (Jewish) settlements because everything we take now will stay ours…Everything we don’t grab will go to them.”
— Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of the Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, Nov. 15, 1998.
“Israel may have the right to put others on trial, but certainly no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of Israel on trial.”
— Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 25 March, 2001 quoted in BBC News Online