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Under Siege…..You, Me & Them…….

Posted by ErnieJean on January 6, 2009

Like peace-loving citizens all over the world, my heart goes out to the innocent victims caught in the conflict in Palestine. Tears welled when I saw the gruesome pictures of the innocent children who were killed, maimed or disable due to the raining of the bombs and missiles…….I’m going to save the rest of you that heartache by not posting these pictures up…….but I’m sure there’s many around in the internet if you wanna see.
 
FYI, I’m no pro-Israeli or Pro-Palestine…….It doesn’t matter from which side of the fence the innocent victims are from……..Collateral Damages should never be tolerated or accepted!!!
 
Why can’t these two damn warring parties just meet at some deserted desert and fight it out man-to-man (like the good old “hand combat” days) instead of raining bombs and missiles and hiding behind civilians…..  >:(
 
At the moment, it looks like any attempts to hold any dialogues with these two groups will remain futile. Nobody wants to be the first to ceasefire. Israel blames Hamas for going back on their agreed ceasefire truce 6 months ago and Hamas militants blames it on continual Israeli raids and blockade……So this merry-go-round will never end!!!!  And add USA’s role to this deadly potion……..sigh……..
 
Now, on the home front, speaking of hiding behind skirts, Malaysians are once again treated to some bravo action from the Son-In-Law.
 
Now, I’m all for supporting all efforts to end these senseless killings (or any other senseless deaths of innocent people for that matter), but how does one endorse something that’s sooooo obviously hypocritical….and that more or less covers any sort of protests organised by UMNO and their “ma chais”.

Barisan Nasional Youth representatives led by their deputy chairman Khairy Jamaluddin turned up in full force at the Palestinian embassy here on Friday, together with othUMNO Youth doing their "thang"er non-governmental and youth organisations, to denounce the Israeli strikes.

They were part of the Coalition Against Israeli Aggression which submitted a memorandum of support to Palestinian ambassador Abdel Aziz Abu Ghoush.

Khairy said a special Palestinian fund had been set up to help those affected by the humanitarian crisis and handed over a RM100,000 mock cheque to Abdel Aziz to kickstart the fund. (Seriously, once again, only fools will donate to UMNO-linked funds…….we all know where majority of those money will end up, don’t we?)

(Any news about what happened to the other UMNO sponsored fund for the Bukit Antarabangsa tragedy?)

Representatives from MCA, MIC, Gerakan and PPP were also at the embassy together with a group of Palestinians who carried various banners calling for an end to the killings.

“The brutal massacre of Palestinians including women and children by the Israeli military has reminded the world of the urgency it must have to bring a just solution for the Palestinian people guaranteeing their sovereignty, security and well-being,” the memorandum stated.

The coalition also condemned economic sanctions and travel restrictions on the Gaza strip and West Bank, called for an immediate ceasefire and proposed a peace summit under United Nations to create an independent Palestine.

“This is a humanitarian issue which transcends religion. This is about the dignity and freedom of the Palestinian people,” said Khairy, who is also Umno Youth deputy head.

The Star, January 2, 2009

I’ve actually got a couple of questions for for the Son-In-Law and his party :-

1) “This is about the dignity and freedom of the Palestinian people

So, how about the dignity and freedom of the Malaysian people?

See how mothers have been reduced to petty thieves, to steal so that their children doesn’t have to go to sleep at nights on empty stomachs.

Or how about the way the ethnic Indians in Malaysia were treated when they decided to show MIC and its empty promises and take matters into their own hands……although the memo to Queen E stunt was a little off……but it’s their freedom mah.

Or how about the way peace loving folks who wanted to hold candle light vigils and cycling events for good causes get harrassed and physically abused by those who were paid to protect them.

How can one talk about protecting the dignity and freedom of another nation when the exact opposite is taking place back home!!??

2) Was a police permit issued for this?

If there was a permit issued, once again, why the double standards?

If there was no permit, why did the police NOT detain these protestors with beating sticks and water cannons?

3) Boycott American products? Erm……if it didn’t work the last time round, what makes you think it’ll garner support this time?

Lookie here dear famous SIL and cronies, Malaysians don’t need you to arrive in your convoy of SUVs to “self beat chests” and “double-talk”……..and we certainly don’t appreciate your self-appointed role as Malaysia’s spokesperson for this cause…..we can smell opportunists from afar anytime and let’s hope that these opportunists will not use the sufferings of others to gain mileage in one’s ambition.

 Let me end with an excerpt from this poem……….

Under Siege by Mahmoud Darwish
Here on the slopes of hills, facing the dusk and the cannon of time
Close to the gardens of broken shadows,
We do what prisoners do,
And what the jobless do:
We cultivate hope.

***
A country preparing for dawn. We grow less intelligent
For we closely watch the hour of victory:
No night in our night lit up by the shelling
Our enemies are watchful and light the light for us
In the darkness of cellars.

***
Here there is no “I”.
Here Adam remembers the dust of his clay.

***
On the verge of death, he says:
I have no trace left to lose:
Free I am so close to my liberty. My future lies in my own hand.
Soon I shall penetrate my life,
I shall be born free and parentless,
And as my name I shall choose azure letters…

***
You who stand in the doorway, come in,
Drink Arabic coffee with us
And you will sense that you are men like us
You who stand in the doorways of houses
Come out of our morningtimes,
We shall feel reassured to be
Men like you!

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