Thursday, 24 July 2014
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi wrote in November 1938:
"My sympathies are all with the Jews. I have known them intimately in South Africa. Some of them became life-long companions. Through these friends I came to learn much of their age-long persecution. They have been the untouchables of Christianity. The parallel between their treatment by Christians and the treatment of untouchables by Hindus is very close. Religious sanction has been invoked in both cases for the justification of the inhuman treatment meted out to them. Apart from the friendships, therefore, there is the more common universal reason for my sympathy for the Jews.
But my sympathy does not blind me to the requirements of justice. The cry for the national home for the Jews does not make much appeal to me. The sanction for it is sought in the Bible and the tenacity with which the Jews have hankered after return to Palestine. Why should they not, like other peoples of the earth, make that country their home where they are born and where they earn their livelihood?
Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and in-human to impose the Jews on the Arabs. What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct. The mandates have no sanction but that of the last war. Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home.
The nobler course would be to insist on a just treatment of the Jews wherever they are born and bred. The Jews born in France are French in precisely the same sense that Christians born in France are French. If the Jews have no home but Palestine, will they relish the idea of being forced to leave the other parts of the world in which they are settled? Or do they want a double home where they can remain at will? This cry for the national home affords a colourable justification for the German expulsion of the Jews.
And now a word to the Jews in Palestine. I have no doubt that they are going about it the wrong way. The Palestine of the Biblical conception is not a geographical tract. It is in their hearts. But if they must look to the Palestine of geography as their national home, it is wrong to enter it under the shadow of the British gun. A religious act cannot be performed with the aid of the bayonet or the bomb. They can settle in Palestine only by the goodwill of the Arabs. They should seek to convert the Arab heart."
Friday, 18 July 2014
|Actual MH17 which went down in Ukraine. Photo shot by one of the victims onboard - FB name Cor Pan - before boarding. He wrote, "If it disappears, this is what it looks like."|
The wound suffered from missing MH370 is still bleeding, and now another one is inflicted on Malaysia when MAS's MH17 was mercilessly shot down in eastern Ukraine killing all 295 innocent victims on board.
This senseless murder should not go unpunished. Malaysia must join forces with other nations whose citizens were also involved - Netherland, Australia, Indonesia, Great Britain, German, Belgium, Philippine and Canada - to conduct full and thorough investigation and take the necessary action to bring the murderers to international justice.
I am joining all Malaysians from all walks of life to offer my deepest sympathy to the family members of MH17 victims who are still struggling through grief and sadness. I know no words can pacify your pain, but as you read this please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
To my brothers and sisters in Islam, AL-FATIHAH. May Allah SWT places you all in jannah, insyaAllah.