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Getting emotional about Palestine

Getting emotional about Palestine

ON whichever side we may be on, it seems almost impossible not to be emotional about the Palestinian issue. The sources of these emotions may vary, from identification either with the Palestinian or Israeli side, or simply from the sheer frustration at the unjustness of the situation. What’s clear is that amidst the emotion, there is a lot of fuzziness about the real issues, and much inconsistency on principles.

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How to respond to fatal shootings

How to respond to fatal shootings

Step 1: Blame the victims “The sixth ship, the largest, which had hundreds of people on it, not only did not co-operate in this effort [to search the cargo] peacefully, they deliberately attacked the first soldiers that came on the ship. “[The soldiers] were mobbed. They were clubbed, they were beaten, stabbed. There was even [...]

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Holding governments to account

Holding governments to account

Updated on 7 June 2010 at 11.20am IT was interesting to see our Malaysian government defending the rule of law and upholding human rights in the international arena recently. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his colleagues condemned the recent Israeli commando-style raid of the flotilla of ships attempting to deliver aid to Gaza, resulting [...]

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Anwar, Israel and the King

Anwar, Israel and the King

OPPOSITION Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim must have a lot on his mind: his ongoing sodomy trial, the upcoming Hulu Selangor by-election, and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)’s loss of four parliamentarians earlier in 2010. But one other thing is surely preoccupying his thoughts: Israel. In fact, he is clearly bothered by two things Israeli: How [...]

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Maligning the Jews

Maligning the Jews

“The One Israel concept slogan is People First, while 1Malaysia is People First, Performance Now. Among the One Israel initiatives was to increase medical benefits; in Malaysia, 1Malaysia clinics were formed.” OPPOSITION Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, alleging that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak‘s 1Malaysia concept was modelled after the One Israel concept. He [...]

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Representing Israelis and Palestinians

Representing Israelis and Palestinians

FEW believe that peace will break out in Gaza anytime soon, with Israel and Hamas adding demands to their hostage exchange negotiations. In the meantime, the dominant discourse on Israel in Malaysia is still that the Jews and the West are out to disempower and even destroy Islam and Muslims. But exactly what sorts of [...]

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