Indonesia Hospital ready to handle Gaza residents




INDONESIAN  volunteers who are members of Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C) successfully completed the mission of construction the hospital in Gaza, Palestine. The hospital which was inaugurated on June 15 was built on donations of all Indonesian people.

Collecting donations that began in 2009 was able to raise funds amounting to Rp 15 billion. With the funds, a magnificent three-storey hospital could be founded by volunteers recruited from Pondok Pesantren Al-Fattah, Cileungsi, Bogor.

“The hospital stands in 1.6 hectares of land, the building area of 9,600 km2. In the hospital there are 100 beds, four operating rooms, 10 ICU beds and 10 Emergency beds,” said Volunteer Coordinator of Mer-C in Gaza Nur Ikhwan Abadi when talking with ROL lastnight.

Not only that, Ikhwan said, the hospital which were given the name Rumah Sakit Indonesia also has more complete medical support facilities. Such as, 24 hours clinic, Ct-Scan tools, as well as a number of modern and up-to-date medical equipments.

“The location of the hospital is also quite strategic in the region Bayt Lahiya, North Gaza, Palestine. It was close to the border that often became the prone regions,” said the man in the construction of the hospital acted as architect.


Friday, 26 June 2015



Algebra of violence in the Mideast (3)

Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Raja Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abdul Karim

WHAT about this: In February 1994, a Jewish settler, Dr Baruch Goldstein, with a gun and hand grenades, entered the Ibrahim Mosque during Friday dawn prayers. Opening fire, Goldstein killed 29 Muslim worshipers and wounded 125. Eventually he was overpowered by the Palestinians in the mosque and killed.

Zionist atrocities, brutalities and their policy of “mowing the lawn in Gaza” is completely summarised by Professor Noam Chomsky on TV “Democracy Now”(USA) interview on August 7, 2014 as follows: Hideous, sadistic, vicious without any credible pretext.” And UK Channel 4 News exposed Israel’s military murdering children on Gaza beach, July 16,2014. Its reporter Jonathan Miller, described the killing of these children by shells from the Israeli gun-boat.

On top of these recent sufferings in lives, mental, material and land being endured by the Palestinians shown on TVs and iPads, was the CNN News report of September 3, 2014, and the AP report of the same day about the beginning of the trail in Washington of four Blackwater security guards for the fatal shootings of more than 30 Iraqis at Nisoor Square, Iraq, on September 16, 2007. These security guards really committed violent acts on innocent Iraqis. Certainly these violent acts must have radicalised the minds and hearts of those Iraqis. But where were those so-called human rights activists?!

Useful books are:

“A Bloody Business-America’s War Zone Contractors and the Occupation of Iraq” by Colonel General Schumacher of United States Army Special Forces (Retired).

“Blackwater-The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army” by Jeremy Scahill.

The main thrust of adducing a random sample of these apartheid statements of the Zionist leaders, of their atrocities on the lives of the Palestinians’ houses, schools, mosques, apartments, electrical supply, water supply, the sewerage system, the regular stealing of Palestinians’ lands is to expose the destructive double standards of those self-righteous Human Rights activists, those lesbians-gays-bisexuals-transgender (LGBT)-atheists who vociferously attack Syariah Law, who hate everything Islam-Muslims, even Muslims’ financial-economic assets/investments in USA and UK. These investments provide employment and income to their US and UK workers.

Why are these activists “deaf, blind and dumb, they have no sense” (Al-Quran 2:18 and 2: 171) against those Zionists, against those Blackwater mercenary army’s brutalities? The curt answer is given by Professor Samuel Huntington. Professor Huntington is the famous author of that book: “The Clash of Civilizations”. Professor Huntington reminded the Western powers as follows:

“The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion, but rather by its superiority in applying organised violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.”

The Western media, the Western official “excuse” on this “organised violence” on the deaths, on the destruction of the economic assets of Muslims is invariably just pure “collateral damage”.

But the self-destructive consequence of these historical and current brutalities against Muslims and their economic assets has been the breeding of “revenge fighters’ whose dastard, violent activities and actions have been inflicting self-injury to the soul of Islam. Islam is submission to Allah SWT (Al Quran: 2:112; 3: 84-85)

Islam instructs mankind to do good, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong. (Al-Quran 3:104)

Islam instructs mankind to be humble, nor insolent.

“And swell not your cheek (for pride) at men, nor walk in insolence through the earth; for Allah loves not any arrogant boaster” (Al Quran: Surah Luqman (31): Verse 18

Islam protects non-Muslims. (Al Quran 9:6); place non-Muslims in secure places (Al Quran 9:6); giving judgment with justice (Al-Quran 4:58); brotherhood of mankind (Al Quran 49:13)

In short, Islam encompasses: justice, trust, kindness, empathy, human cooperation, safety and economic progress. . In his book “Islamic Law-Its Scope and Equity, Prof Said Ramadan highlights this Hadith:

“Beware, whosoever is cruel, and hard on a (non-Muslim subject) or curtails his rights, or burdens him, taking his property against his free will, I shall myself be a plaintiff against him on the Day of Judgment.”

The vital point here is that Islam is totally against any form of violence on any human beings, even against the destruction of the environment.

“And help one another in righteousness and piety, help not one another in sin and aggression and keep your duty to Allah. Surely Allah is severe in requiting (evil).” (Al Quran: Surah Al-Maidah or The Table Spread 5: Verse2)

Thus, the “sudden appearance” of the new brutal, sadistic, vengeful devil-evil “ISIS forces” has created another grave problem to the best humane values of Islam, briefly mentioned above.

It seems that the “sudden appearance of IS forces (ISIS) is like the mythical beheading of Hydra which reproduces multiple evil tentacles. It seems that the elimination of sadistic Saddam Hussein has created several vengeful devils-evils such as the IS forces (that Iblis-Syaitan forces!) who are destroying the reputation of Islam, and thereby has increased the intensity of Islamophobia in the West. For example, even a Christian Pastor of Northern Ireland, James McConnel, declared in a sermon that: “Islam was heathen …… Satanic….. a religion spawned in hell…”

Even Peter Robinson, Northern Ireland’s Unionist First Minister, supported Pastor James Mc Connel’s outburst saying a cleric was entitled to denounce false doctrine, that Muslims engaged in violence or practice Syariah Law; hence he said he did not trust Muslims.” (The Economist, June 14, 2014)

Refer also: “The Myth of the Muslims Tide” by Doug Saunders.

“The New Religious Intolerance-Overcoming The Politics of Fear in An Anxious Age” by Martha C Nussbaum.

It is therefore grossly wrong to call IS forces as “Islamic State” forces. They are just vengeful, violent, murderous rogue evils who destroy Islam. They intensify hatred against Islam. They increase the cycle of violence and retribution. They behave like those Zionist forces. The only vital difference is that Zionist atrocities do not destroy the image of Islam.

It is vital to remind the world herein that the pure “Islamic State”” in Islam is about justice against injustice; justice founded in the Al Quran and the Sunnah, in the Syariah Law.

Thus, we must totally eliminate this IS evil-devil forces to protect pure Islam, to protect the best image of Islam to which thousands of educated, professional, famous Western individuals have reverted, and are reverting annually.

Thus, certainly the evil-devil atrocities of those IS marauders is totally against the pure values of Islam and has intensified Western Islamaphobia.

We shall deal with this hatred for the “practice of the Syariah Law” later below in relation to MIB Brunei Darussalam. But the usual question is this: Much as we absolutely detest the evil-devil actions and activities of those marauding anti-Islam thugs of “IS”, why are those anti-Islam-anti-Muslim activists so “dumb, so deaf, so blind” to the endless atrocities, vile acts of economic destruction committed by the Zionist army, by the Jewish settlers? Brazen acts of violence and retribution, the evil of “clash of civilizations” as termed by Professor Huntington.

These anti-Islam-anti-Muslim activists are pathologically vilifying the Syariah Law. Their pathological hatred has reached the shores of MIB Brunei Darussalam when it introduced in May 2014 the long-standing Syariah Law.

These activists vociferously attacked our Monarch, the Brunei Darussalam Sovereign Wealth investment assets in Los Angeles and of course the introduction of the Syariah Law.

The Brunei Times,
Wednesday, 29 October 2014



Algebra of violence in the Mideast (2)

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Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Raja Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abdul Karim

PRESCIENTLY, the grave concern expressed by Gary Burge actually almost covers the content of his book: “Whose Lands? Whose Promise? — What Christians Are Not Being Told about Israel and the Palestinians.” It is about “a profound injustice committed by the Israelis against the helpless Palestinians.”

This grave concern actually happened again in August to September 2014. Within this period, the Zionist military might bombs schools, UN shelters, hospitals, mosques, 18,000 houses, three 14-storey apartments, electrical supply that directly crippled the sewerage system and the supply of water, the desalination plant. (Re: The Strait Times: “Gaza Faces Steep Rebuilding Challenge.)

The International New York Times, 15-9-2014, carried this article: “In Gaza, A Battle To Open Schools”:

[Related letter: Algebra of violence in the Middle East]

“There were 500,000 students. They were scheduled to go to school. They were 648 schools, with 421 schools to be used as double shifts. But 34 schools buildings were bombed (by the Zionist military) beyond use; dozens more in need of major repairs. Thirty one schools were still sheltering 59,728 people.”

But a generation that has survived three wars in six years — the latest killing 500 Gazans younger than 18 and injuring 3,100, as well as creating 1400 orphans, has more than just material assets destroyed; thousands are violently traumatised by the Zionist bombs, machine guns and collapsing buildings.”

Traumatising the Palestinian children is the long term strategy of the Zionist state to weaken the future generations of the Palestinian, mentally and physically.

According to Gary M Burge, since 1948 to 1990, 531 Arab villages have been either destroyed by bulldozers or occupied by Israeli residents who stole the Arab lands despite UN resolutions calling for the rightful return of those homes and lands to their Arab owners.

According to UN records in June 1999, about 3.6 million Palestinians refugees have been victims of Israel’s nationhood. (Refer: The Colonisation of Palestine (1992)

After the usual European governments pro-Zionist stand was seriously protested against by their citizens, only then these European governments made their perfunctory lip-service against the Zionist bombings of Gaza.

Only then when the atrocities have actually been committed by the Zionist military, shown ‘live’ on TV news and on the hand-held cyber-power owned by hundreds of millions of their owners worldwide did “Human Right Watch (HRW) Accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza” (The Brunei Times, Sept 12, 2014). The Zionist military bombed three UN-run schools, killing Palestinian civilians who had sheltered there, in violation of the laws of war. The HRW also distrusted the self-investigations done by the Israel military into its Gaza War operations.”

On Sept 2, 2014, Al Jazeera documentary, showed the extreme atrocities of the Zionist military against the Palestinian lives and economic assets in 2002, 2008, 2010 and the recent August-September 2014 mass destruction of the assets of the Palestinian in Gaza. Of course more than 3,000 killed and thousands traumatised and injured.

Useful readings:

“Palestine-Peace Not Aparthied” by Jimmy Carter — the former USA President.

“Whose Land? Whose Promise? What Christians Are Not Being Told about Israel and Palestinians

“The Crisis of Zionism” by Peter Beinart.

“The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy — How a Powerful?

“Brokers of Decit” by Rashid Khalidi.

“Cursed Victory-A History of Israel And The Occupied Territories.” By Ahron Bregman

Other Independent, objective scholars, writers such as the former CIA officers, Kathleen and Bill Christison highlighted this Zionist policy of “annihilation”, “ethnic cleansing”, “genocide”, “holocaust” in their book: “Palestine In Pieces – Graphic Perspectives on the Israeli Occupation.” Another hundreds of sources which highlighted this concerted Zionist ultimate objective involving the Palestinians and their lands are as per the following samples:

“We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live like slaves.” (General Shalomon Lahat, the Mayor of Tel Aviv, October 1983).

“The Palestinians would be crushed like grasshoppers ….heads smashed against the boulders and walls.” (Israel Prime Minister, New York Times, April 1, 1988)

“We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours.” (Rafael Eiton, Chief of Staff Israel Defence Forces — New York Times, April 14, 1983)

“We must use terror, assignation, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.” (The Koening Memorandum.)

“We, the Jewish people, control America, and the American knows it.” (Ariel Sharon told Shimon Peres on Oct 3, 2001.)

In 1989, Benjamin Netanyahu (before he became Prime Minister in 1996) was speaking at Bar Ilan University following the brutal Chinese repression of demonstrators in Tianamen Square.

His apartheid assertion was that: “Israel should have exploited the repression of the demonstrators in China, when world attention focused on that country, to carry out mass expulsion among the Arabs of the occupied territories.” (The Israeli Journal Hotman, Nov 24, 1989)

Even one of my favourite intellectual journalists, Thomas Friedman in his book, “Longitudes and Attitudes — Exploring the World Before and After September 11, 2001” has strongly indulged in a diatribe against Islam, Muslims and Arab/Palestinian in his bias support for the Jews and Israel.

The Brunei Times’ Editorial: “Israeli Illegal Land Grab”, Sept 2, 2014 highlights, the latest brazen land stealing of 400 hectares of the Palestinian land by the Zionist state under the pretext of a retaliation against the death of the three Jewish youths.” The Zionist state is committed to this in line with its execution of the overall policy of “crushing the Palestinians like grasshoppers, and land stealing of their lands.” These samples of Zionist atrocities and land stealing and the policy to drive the Palestinians from their lands are found in the Surah and Verses in the Noble Quran, for example:

“Then your hearts hardened after that, so that they were like rocks, rather worse in hardness. And surely there are some rocks from which streams burst forth; and there are some of them which split asunder so water flows from them…..(Al-Baqarah or The Cow) 2: Verse 74)

“Yet you it is who would slay your people and turn a part from among your out of their homes, backing each other up against them unlawfully and exceeding the limits…. (Al-Baqarah) 2 : Verse 85)

“And We made known to the Children of Israel in the Book: Certainly you will make mischief in the land twice, and behave insolently with mighty arrogance.” (BaniIsrail or The Israelites) 17: Verse 4)

Apart from those books which expose Zionist brutalities, land stealing and apartheid policy against the Palestinians, there is also another brave, humane Jew, Gideon Levy who exposed on film and camera those brutalities and the land stealing by the Zionist people. Gideon Levy, was a reporter for Haaretz newspaper, Israel. His bravery and scarifies in supporting the Palestinians was shown on Al Jazeera TV on Aug 31, 2014. The title of his documentary is “Going Against the Grain”. Gideon Levy was exasperated by the brutalities, by the destructions of the Palestinians economic assets, their houses deliberately inflicted by his own Jewish people, since 1948. Another Al Jazeera documentary on Sept 2, 2014 showed the Zionist bulldozers uprooting those 800 years old olive trees in the Palestinians lands; the shooting of Palestinians babies, children, mothers and old people in their bedrooms by intruding Zionist soldiers who punched holes in walls to brutally bully the Palestinians in their houses.

Another sample of Jewish brutalities: “Armed with guns given to them by the Jewish army, the Jewish settlers of Hebron have always been the most extreme, violent and abusive of all settler communities. They have routinely abused the city’s Palestinians resident; beating them, hurling refuse at them, destroying their shops, chopping down their olive trees, poisoning their water wells, breaking into their homes and even killing them. The Jewish army protected these settlers. When the settlers’ brutalilties escalalated the Jewish military would often attempt to calm down the situation by locking the Arabs up in their houses and imposing curfew on them.” (Ahron Bregman in his book: “Cursed Victory-A History of Israel and the Occupied Territories.”)

The Brunei Times
Tue, 28 October 2014

Palestine-Israel conflict: Injustice and unjust wars


WHEN we see the news concerning Gaza, Israel, and Palestine most of our hearts will normally be touched by the unending conflict which happens there. The conflict seems to be perpetual and everybody seems to have already known or grown tired of the issue though some would remain ignorant while others would simply choose sides. Then if we keep on pursuing, we will see a whole group of government representatives speaking about the rhetoric and the obvious which do not seem to be really doing the victims on the ground any good. This could be clearly seen from their usage of the term “deplore, saddened, hope, wish” which does little to change the situation at hand, as most were not ready to confront the blatant power politics on display.

Perhaps, the term that is missing from the whole discussion of the conflict is “justice”. From the highest international authority standpoint such as the UN to each sovereign state, all seems to be unified in refraining from making the issue as a matter of injustice. Although it is hard to conceive the concept of justice and to apply it to the conflict as justice may come in different forms, or at least that is the impression that we get from the current international system, but like it or not the conflict in Palestine is nevertheless a problem of justice and not simply an issue of self-defence as what most have claimed.

Which concepts of justice shall we then apply to the conflict? Is it the universal conception justice (if there is one)? Or does the Islamic conception of an “eye for an eye” justice serve our purpose? The answer that seemed to be applicable to the Gaza conflict would be none of the above. The reason is simply because in order to apply all of these justice conceptions we will need to trace the very root of the conflict through a historical analysis which could date back all the way to the days of the Crusades, the Ottoman Empire, WWI and WWII. Besides, all the political propaganda coming from both sides have already done enough damage to obscure the objective reality or truth.
Then how shall we pursue with the effort to resolve the conflict without knowing which concept of justice to be applied? Although the question is valid one but it is not impossible to answer. The simplest form of justice that the world and government leaders need to consider now is through the numbers as it is the closest to reality. When the Israelis have taken out hundreds/thousands of Palestinian lives to compensate the loss of three or four Israeli lives then we all know that injustice has taken place. Even by legal and humanity standards such act is considered as “excessive”.

At the same token, when Israel as a lone state in the region was besieged and attacked by three of its neighbouring Arab states, this was also a sign of injustice by the numbers and should be dealt with immediately by the international authority if it was consistent with its mandate to prohibit any forms of state aggression.

Technically, by considering the concept of justice through the numbers, then the UN and governments should be able to make policies which could reduce the severity of the conflict. First, the UN should bring the “excessive” issue to UN General Assembly, UN Human Rights Council, and UN Security council to exert enough pressure on the perpetrator. Second, at the same time, before any of the conflicting side began on embarking on any self-defence scenario, the UN must act first. A late response by the UN would bear a high cost.

The three Arab-Israel major wars which happened earlier were basically due to UN weaknesses to protect Israel from its neighbours. The price paid was that Israel would begin on a self-defence rampage by arming itself through illegitimate and uncontrolled networks. The same can be said about Palestine. UN’s physical silence on Palestine’s woes will also unquestionably engender a future disaster as Palestine’s militant group which has a close relation with Islamic terrorist groups in the region will always be poised for attack if things stay the way they are.

But again what has been described earlier is a form of naivety which does not take into account the huge role that politics play in the conflict. We all know that the UN is most of the times be incapacitated by real politik of the great powers behind the conflict. Any condemnation by UN human rights agencies would fall to deaf ears if they fail to knock on the UN Security Council door. Even if they managed to get into the UN Security Council, a single veto by any of the former WWII winners would mean further misery for the victims. Hence the weaker side in this conflict, namely the Palestinian, will not benefit much from the status quo and once again the current UN weaknesses showed us how political interests managed to stomp international sense of justice.

Another obvious political manoeuvre in the conflict is the assigning of blame and threats. Israel, for example, had consistently called the Palestinian side as the Islamic extremist which demanded nothing more than the demise of Israel as a nation. What Israel fails to see was the fact that Yitzak Rabin, a former Israeli prime minister who won a Nobel Prize for world peace in fostering the Oslo peace accord with Palestine, was killed by Israeli’s own extremist who refuses to make peace a reality for both sides.

Meanwhile regarding threats, Israel for example had maintained that they will do whatever in their power to stop the Palestinian rockets from coming in, even if it had to obliterate the entire Palestinian state and the population. This simply shows Israel’s insolence of international law and Israel’s similarities with the Hamas group as violence seems to be only acceptable language in the conflict. Hence the two sides in this sense are quite right in their claims and yet quite guilty at the same time.

However, it is an error to think that “justice” will stay silent and submissive for all times, especially when we are facing our fellow human being which is capable of thinking and adjusting in a state of “unjust wars”. Here unjust wars refer more to the difference in the physical attributes of the military capabilities displayed in the conflict, as Israel with a far superior and advanced military attributes continues raking in Palestinian victims with the blessing of the US while the Palestinian side is far from having decent military equipment let alone a super power’s support.

But being inferior does not mean that it is helpless. The increasing number of terrorist networks and the uprising in many Islamic states is a clear indication that in an unjust war condition as displayed in the Israel-Palestinian unending conflict; justice will come in many faces, including the ugly and the unexpected ones.

Unconventional war method would also began to flare up as now pro-Palestinian forces seems to be also engaging in internet wars and be joined together with the existing terrorist war methods such as suicidal bombings, weapon smuggling, etc. Of course what the world does not want to see is the unification of all these pro-Palestinian forces with the existing Islamic terrorist networks as it would certainly be plentiful as little can be done about it and would have major repercussions for the world at large.

It is also certainly a common mistake by great powers and superior powers to think that crushing the enemies to the very root is an effective remedy for their interests. The US’s failing Afghanistan and Iraq anti-terrorist campaigns had clearly demonstrated that nothing can be crushed to the very root when we are dealing with fellow human beings. Instead by obscuring reality and putting injustice into a grey area, the world is now faced with further problems fuelled by these longing for justice. In short no peace can come out of injustice and whether we like it or not, the sense of justice that the international authority has shrugged off its shoulder must be brought forward or otherwise the hate that the victims’ sons and daughters carry will continue to be passed on to the next generation.

*The writer is a PhD candidate from Curtin University

Republika OL
Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Time Israel is punished for Gaza war crimes


AS PALESTINIANS prepare to approach the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutors for investigating Israeli war crimes in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rushed to the United States to discuss ways of keeping the spotlight off its actions in Gaza, according to The New York Post.

Netanyahu met a delegation of US lawmakers and requested that the US must use all the tools it has at its disposal to make sure the world knows that war crimes were not committed by Israel.

This is not new as the entire world knows that for decades, the US has always protected Israel by its veto at the UN Security Council. The US, the greatest upholder of human rights and individual freedom, has always looked the other way when it comes to Israeli crimes.

Ramsey Clark, an American lawyer, activist and former public official, once said that the greatest crime since World War II has been US foreign policy.

What has happened in Gaza is the best example of this foreign policy. Instead of condemning, the Israeli crimes, the US officials and media like Joseph Goebbels, kept repeating lies of Israel’s right to defend itself but all their lies fell flat.

From President Obama to Secretary of State John Kerry to the lowest US foreign policy official, all did not mention the right of defenceless people of Gaza whose families, homes, schools, hospitals were wiped out by the Israel bombing.

What Israel has done in Gaza, if it had happened in any other part of the world, the US would have been the first one condemn it, impose sanctions and order punitive military strikes. The irony is that the entire US public relations machinery has been working overtime to defend Israeli crimes.

The US officials have not spoken a single word about the illegal blockade that Israel has imposed on Gaza for more than five years, reducing it to world’s biggest open jail.

This illegal and inhumane Israeli blockade in itself constitutes a permanent act of war.

According to the Nuremburg War Crimes Tribunal, this is the supreme crime that contains within itself every other crime, including terrorism.

But Kerry, in his interview to BBC Hard Talk, gave carte blanche to Israel by saying “the United States stands squarely behind Israel’s right to defend itself in those circumstances. Period”.

However when asked about the illegal Gaza blockade, like a seasoned diplomat, he refused to give a clear answer.

The hypocritical US human rights policy can be gauged from the fact that it has two policies – one for Israel and one for others.

But the Gaza war crimes is an open and shut case. One does not need any evidence as in this age of 24/7 television, the entire world witnessed Israeli war crimes in Gaza as it killed more than 2,000 defenceless Palestinians, including 400 children, injured more than 9,000 and made the Gaza residential areas look like Hiroshima.

It’s estimated that it will take 10 years and US$10 billion to rebuild the city.

Marjorie Cohn, a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, says for decades, Israel has slaughtered Palestinians with impunity, always protected by the US government and its veto at the UN Security Council.

But the latest bloody assault on Gaza has prompted more open talks about Israeli war crimes — and US complicity.

She says that by sending vast amounts of military aid to Israel, members of the US Congress, President George W Bush, President Barack Obama and Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel have aided and abetted the commission of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity by Israeli officials and commanders in Gaza.

Cohn says an individual can be convicted of a war crime, genocide or a crime against humanity in the International Criminal Court (ICC) if he or she “aids, abets or otherwise assists” in the commission or attempted commission of the crime, “including providing the means for its commission”.

It’s high time that Israel be taken to task for violation of human rights of Palestinians by the United Nations.

The US, which has always come to the rescue of Israel by using its veto power, cannot practice double standards on the issue of human rights.

If it allows Israel to get away with war crimes, then it will lose moral rights to preach others about human rights.

Israel is an illegal occupier of Palestinian lands and the US must recognise this fact. Unless Israel withdraws from Palestinian territories, the Middle East will remain in turmoil.

The US has to respect and acknowledge the Palestinian sovereignty over their land otherwise it will not be seen as an impartial arbitrator.

The Brunei Times/Editorial
Monday, August 11, 2014

Israel loses war on all fronts

israel“WE MUST defeat Hamas – next time”, the headline in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz is the most serious indictment of the Zionist misadventure in Gaza. In fact, this has been Israel’s most self-defeating war. Backed by world’s most monstrous war machine, it has failed militarily, politically, strategically and on the diplomatic front it has been a disaster.

The main objective of the massive military operations was to reduce the resistance capability of Hamas and make it politically irrelevant. Exactly opposite of this has happened.

After relentless and indiscriminate military operation for more than three weeks, Hamas is very much there. In fact, it has emerged more powerful – both politically and militarily.

One of the most significant aspects of this Israeli misadventure is the heavy loss the Zionist army has suffered. So far Israeli death toll from 25 days of attacks at 66, Hamas says the number at more than 150.

Apart from inflicting heavy damage, Hamas has been able to wear down the Israeli army. Tired and humiliated, the Israeli army has already started withdrawing from the Gaza without diminishing the Hamas capability to hit Israeli cities. The Israeli narrative of “right to self-defence” has been completely rejected by the international community.

The biggest setback came when international airlines began cancelling their flights to Tel Aviv. Although the flight ban was for a short period, this had very telling effect on the Israeli psyche as for the first time they could sense international isolation and the fear that if the conflict spreads, they have no escape route.

On the other hand, Hamas has emerged the hero of resistance against Israel’s illegal war. Instead of weakening Hamas’ sovereignty over Gaza, the Israeli assault has consolidated Hamas’ political grip. In the end, it’s Israel which is the real loser, both on the war and diplomatic fronts.

The Brunei Times/Editorial
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Muslim Filipino professionals join peace calls for Gaza

moroBong S Sarmiento

A NETWORK of Muslim professionals in the Philippines has joined the global calls for the peaceful resolution of the Gaza conflict.

In a manifesto emailed to The Brunei Times this week, the Young Moro Professionals Network, Inc (YMPN) urged Israel and Palestine to avoid the path of violence and instead thread the peaceful way through dialogue.

A 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza negotiated by the United States and the United Nations took effect Friday morning, but was quickly brokened when the Israelis accused the Hamas of kidnapping one of their soldiers.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators would meet in Cairo, Egypt for formal talks on how to end the conflict in the duration of the truce, reports said.

However, as soon as the truce took effect, Israel renewed shelling that killed at least 50 Palestinians and wounded 220 others, after Hamas reportedly captured an Israeli officer and killed two others.

“We call on the concerned parties, Israelis and the Palestinians, to resume the peace talks on an acceptable, fair and democratic resolution creating a genuine and far-reaching solution towards an end to the sectarian violence and sporadic armed confrontation,” the YMPN said.

It said the recognition of the Palestinians’ quest for their right to self-determination leading to a “two states” resolution or a federal government system “is seen as a viable resolve.”

“We support them as we the Bangsamoro people in southern Philippines (Mindanao) share the same aspiration for right to self-governance, justice, and peace through a genuine autonomous government,” the group said.

YMPN also commended the efforts of various organisations, government institutions and individuals who have given humanitarian aid and have called for a peaceful resolution in Gaza.

“It is a blunder to world peace if other nations play blind and deaf on the sufferings and anguish for peace and justice in the Israel-Gaza conflict,” it said.

For her part, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Secretary Yasmin Busran-Lao said they are praying for the people of Gaza, and called on Israel to value the life of civilians and to uphold international laws.

“The State of Israel must stop the occupation of Palestine and the oppression of the Palestinian people,” she said.

Israel drew flak after it stepped up military offensives in Gaza starting last month, which sparked protests in different parts of the world.

Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao also urged Israel to once and for all uphold international laws and stop escalating its “mounting war crimes, as its illegal occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people continue to fuel an endless cycle of violence.”

“The Moro people stand in solidarity with Gazans, all Palestinians and other innocent victims of war…Let us offer a prayer to those who have perished and to the parents who will never see or hold their children again,” he said earlier.

The Brunei Times
Sunday, August 3, 2014