|oPT refers to the occupied Palestinian Territories of West Bank and Gaza|
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There are those - like the 3 wise monkeys - who shut their eyes, their ears, and their mouths whenever the
word Gaza or West Bank or Palestine or occupied Palestinian Territories (oPT) are mentioned.
It could be because their hearts and heads are with Israel. They are made up of, at the very worst, supporters of Zionist Israel and at best, their apologists.
There are also those in the liberals' Brigade who make out that they are above politics, who think it's beneath them to take sides, who mouth the "yes but ...... and no but ....." line whenever Israel's atrocities are mentioned. You expect this in the Judaeo-Christian Western world, but when it's spouted by Malaysians it becomes a sick joke. These brown (and many other shades of non-white) mems and sahibs are still alive and kicking but they now fancy themselves as "liberals" and "radicals" - the appendix of the Human Rights Sorority.
Then there are some - with no particular stand and opinion - who are like the ostrich, burying their heads in the sand and ( apologies for the mixed metaphors ) preferring their little lives in their little fish bowls asserting "I am not my brother's keeper. Go away."
But there are also many who do care, but who wish that this injustice, this bloodshed would go away - that these images of bloodied and maimed and dying and dead children, of women crying their hearts out in grief, of the tortured anger and pain in the faces of frail old men, sturdy young men and innocent young boys, would just disappear - just like a fairy tale where "they lived happily ever after".
Ponder on this. "The process of national revival of the Jewish people is irreversible and has its internal logic. We shall have no peace as long as the whole territory of the Country of Israel will not return under Jewish control. This might sound too hard, but such is the logic of history (my underline) The war on the Holy Land has been already fought for four thousand years and the end cannot be seen. A stable peace will come only then, when Israel will return to itself all its historical lands, and will thus control both the Suez and the Ormudz channel. The state will find at last its geostrategic completeness. We must remember that Iraqi oilfields too are located on the Jewish land. This may seem utopia to many now - but an even greater utopia seemed a hundred years ago the revival of the Jewish state ....... if you want this, this will not be a fairy tale"
Rabbi Avrom Shmulevic of the Bead Artzein ("For the Homeland") Movement
You can see how this Zionists' grim fairy tale is working out. ___________________________________________________
I must admit to feeling that way too, at times. But at 68, life is getting shorter and more precious - and for siHamid's grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren in particular, I must make a special effort. I have to write them this narrative. I want to leave them this story of the Palestinians - a story that seems to have little or no cachet even in a Muslim country like their homeland, Malaysia. I want them to have the knowledge and the information about this ancient people in a world that cares little for them.
I was 42 when I learned of the gory details behind the plight of the Palestinians. I want my father's keturunan to learn it now because they won't get it from their history books, from the print media, from Hollywood movies, from imported TV programmes, from 'bestseller books' and computer games.
Right now it's difficult to look forward to a just resolution for the Palestinians in the land beloved of the world's three major religions. Despite the recent entry on Friday 30 November, of the Palestinian Authority as a non-observer State in the United Nations, Palestine will have the same status as the Vatican, recognising only its sovereignty and the right to join the International Court of Justice.
I suppose after nearly 65 years of of bludgeoning by the Israelis - after the Occupation of their homeland by the Zionists - after the land grab by Jewish settlers of their territory - after the tractors and tanks and fighter planes and drones and missiles have demolished their homes, hospitals, schools - after Israeli/American arms (including experimental weapons) rained deaths on their civilians and children and mutilated Palestinian babies even while they were in their mothers' wombs - they have to be thankful for little mercies.
But their future is bleak. Unlike South Africa and East Timor, they have scant hope of being granted, even in theory, their fundamental human rights. When will it be their turn? As Orwell put it: "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."
The central truth for the Palestinians is that their past, present and future have been controlled, occupied and trashed by 20th/21st century Empires and their Centurions who have a voracious appetite for power.
You cannot describe the killing of innocent civilians as a war, dressing it up with benign titles like Operation Cast Lead and Operation Pillar of Defence. It might do for a Hollywood movie by Spielberg and Warner Brothers.
But when you pit 35,000 fighters in Gaza against Israel's "F-16 bombers, Apache gunships, Merkava tanks and other modern weapons systems in the hands of a conscript force of 175,000 ( with 450,000 in reserve)", it's not a war - it's a massacre.
I have already referred in earlier postings to Mark Twain's "two reigns of Terror". There's the momentary swift terror, the "terror of swift death at the axe compared with lifelong death from hunger, cold, insult, cruelty and heartbreak." The Palestinians are bearing both.
It has been a long and painstaking task to do the coming posting, to outline the scenario of the Palestinians' Short and Long Terrors.
But it will have to wait ...... when I feel a little better..