Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Does Anybody Really Care About the Palestinians?


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Each time fighting between Israel and Palestine detonate, the latter's Malaysian supporters will egg the public on to do two things.
One, they will organize a demostration (complete with nicely-printed placards and this may or may not include flag-burning) in front of the United States embassy.
We don’t recognize Israel, so there is no Israeli embassy to flaunt our fury. The Americans become a convenient substitute – after all, they are Israel’s staunchest ally.
Second, organize a boycott against products sold in Malaysia that the pro-Palestinian side believes has something to do with Israel. And so, McDonald’s has been on the receiving end of the call to boycott. (We target the Americans because we have no dealings whatsoever with the Israelis, supposedly).
The power of a boycott is that it gets to where it hurts when it works, which is the pocket. If it is successful, that is. And when that happens, we foolishly believe the American government will re-examine its support of Israel.
Let's just act stupid and believe that this will work. This means we should boycott not just McDonald’s but Apple, Avon, Bobbi Brown, Boeing, Calvin Klein, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, Disney, Dockers, Facebook, Google, Heinz, Hershey’s, Hilton, Hyatt Hotels, IBM, Intel, Hilton, Kellogg’s, KFC, M*A*C, Marlboro, Microsoft, Starbucks, Visa, and this list is very long.
And why boycott just American companies? Why not target every company (European, Japanese, Korean, etc.) that does business in Israel? It doesn’t matter if we upset many countries. Of course, we know that this has the potential of making more enemies than friends.
And although we know too that influence comes from making the right friends, we should stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Palestinians, no matter what. Even if it means standing alone with them. Right is right, right?
Let's face it! The world doesn't care about Palestine. Beyond furious protestations and fiery rhetoric, nothing else will be done. Okay, some aid will reach the suffering Palestinians but that's it.
I think this presents an awesome opportunity for Prime Minister Najib Razak to show off his amazing diplomatic skills! I suggest that he go to Tel Aviv and talk to Benjamin Netanyahu. If he can work his magic there, the killings may just stop in Gaza.
After all, if he can talk to Ukrainian separatists, why can't he talk to the Zionists?

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