Malaysians and Muslims all over the world celebrated the last day of Ramadhan on Wednesday evening with the takbir for Syawal. Despite the pandemic, and the lockdown in most parts of the world, the exit of Ramadhan and the dawn of Syawal has always brought about mixed feelings in us Muslims. This is because the month of Ramadhan where Muslims fast from dawn to dusk is a very much-awaited month where we learn abstinence from eating in the daytime and devote ourselves to doing good deeds and think of those in need.

As in previous Ramadhans and towards Syawal, the Israelis have always been attacking the Palestinians in whatever way they can, in whatever brutality they can muster. This has been happening since the 1940s from the time of the Nakba Massacre in 1948. Coincidentally Nakba Day falls tomorrow, 15 May. Let us not forget that 73 years ago, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced to flee their villages and towns in historical Palestine to neighbouring countries as Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Today, they still long for home.

Palestinians use the term “Nakba”, or “The Catastrophe” in Arabic, to refer to the 1948 expulsions by Zionist gangs.

This year however, the brutalities have escalated, as the Palestinians rose up and counter attacked with riots and ballistic missiles. All of a sudden, the Israelis played victim and the genocide card. And the world was in two minds about who to support.

Let us not be swayed by the lobbying by the Israelis, their motive is pure and simple: They want to obliterate Palestinians from the face of the earth and they are doing this in the most inhumane and despicable ways – bombing and firing at those praying at Al Aqsa Mosque, shooting defenceless women and children and sending spies to Gaza and the West Bank.

The purpose of this article is to enlighten those who are still clueless as to why there’s an ongoing conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians that have been persisting for several decades with no end in sight. Bottomline is, the beleaguered Palestinians have little choice but to fight and resist Apartheid Israel’s ongoing programme of ethnic and cultural cleansing as the Zionists attempt to eradicate Palestinian presence in the Holy Land. You’ll need to read more here to understand how this diabolical agenda is being achieved.

For the people of Palestine, the stark choice they’re faced with is either survival or annihilation. Either they continue resisting Zionist aggression and tyranny with all their might and everything at their disposal or meekly submit to the Zionist programme of ethnic and cultural cleansing and be completely uprooted from their ancestral homeland in the years to come. And that means they’d completely lose the connection to their historic land and become a wandering, stateless nation who’s sidelined and forgotten by history.

Is that the kind of horrible fate that anyone would desire for their people? Do you now understand why they continue resisting Zionist oppression despite overwhelming odds in favour of the heavily-armed Israeli army? Read on and enlighten yourselves.

Back in Malaysia, if we were to reflect on our fate facing the lockdowns and not being able to celebrate with our friends and family members who are living away from us, we should however be grateful that we are not at war, just at war with the virus. The current generation of Malaysians should count themselves as being exceedingly fortunate that we are not living under military occupation and being subjected to all forms of tyranny, injustice and indignity as it’s the daily experience for the Palestinian ‘prisoners’ of Apartheid Israel.

As long as the major powers of the world lack the courage and resolve to compel the Zionist state to grant justice to the Palestinians and undo the historic wrongs they’ve done (and still doing) to them, there will be no peace.

There are many ignorant and misguided souls out there who keep deluding themselves that Israel is the only democratic state in the entire Middle East and has been a law-abiding nation since it’s inception.

Nothing could be further than the truth, as explained by this eminent Jewish historian and author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006), The Modern Middle East (2005), A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples (2003), and Britain and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (1988).

However, not all Jews are our enemies. Some of them stand in solidarity with the Palestinians struggle for justice and the right to self-determination against the tyranny and inhumanity of Apartheid Israel.

Why do I say that?

– Not every Jew is a supporter of the Zionist state and enterprise.

– Not every Jew is proud of what’s being done by the Judaeo-fascist state of Apartheid against the Palestinians.

– Not every Jew is devoid of compassion and empathy towards the legitimate struggles and noble aspirations of the Palestinians.

Let’s be clear about this : our enemies are those racist murderers and oppressors of Apartheid Israel who uphold the colonialist Zionist ideology and persecute the Palestinians by way of state-sanctioned terror.

Jews are not our enemies per se. In fact, we count those conscientious Jews who’ve stood up for the Palestinian cause for self-determination as our partners for justice and humanity. We wish them all the best and truly appreciate the voice and support they’re extending to this noble cause, like this group.

Meanwhile, when will all these atrocities end? In the words of a Bosnian Anti-Communist and Anti-Yugoslavia leader, Alija Izetbegovic “…there is only one solution for the Islamic movement and all Muslims in the world: to continue the struggle (Jihad), to widen and lengthen it year by year, whatever the sacrifices or however long it may take, until they (the Zionists) are forced to return every inch of confiscated land. Any bargaining or compromise which might set at risk the elementary rights of our brothers in Palestine is treachery, which could destroy the moral system on which our world rests.” – New Malaysia Herald

Editor’s Note: The New Malaysia Herald stands with the Palestinians and pro-Palestinian organisations and we abhor the cruel treatment by the Zionists, especially against innocent and defenceless children, women and those who are practising their faith in Al Aqsa Mosque.

Do you support the Palestinian cause? If you do, then do sign this petition calling for sanctions against Israel.

About the author: Hasnah Abdul Rahman is the editor-in-chief of New Malaysia Herald while being an activist for autism. She has worked for various media organisations as reporter and editor. She is also a foodpreneur in her spare time and gives traditional Malaysian cuisine that 5-star edge.

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