A Palestinian global village

by Azly Rahman

Below is my early my early thoughts on an aspect of long-term solution for the Palestinians, besides waiting for the creation for a Palestinian state hopefully with a 4-billion-dollar funding from the United States.

Create a “PALESTINIAN GLOBAL-VILLAGE” in every country that cares for the plight of the Palestinians. Just like in the early days of the migration of the Protestants to America during the Reformation Period, young families of Palestinians can be given land in a “city-state” created by each country. Just like Proton City in Malaysia, or Cyberjaya or Putrajaya or Brasilia, these modern enclaves ought to be created.

Nations can “adopt” the Palestinians. They are now helpless and will continue to be massacred by the forces of state-sponsored terrorism.

Of course the plight of the natives of each country need to be taken care of first and as well, but the crisis that’s plaguing the Palestinians will continue to last for decades until the United States as the sole Military Empire stop continuing to give the world an eerie silence.

I urge Malaysian parliamentarians to discuss this idea of a “Palestinian Global Village”; one based on the principle of global humanitarian. Our universities must begin discussing this dimension of “student-exchange” as well, particularly giving more places and financial aid to Palestinian children. This is not just a gesture but a part of the solution that will stay at peace in our national psyche for a long time.

  1. #1 by undergrad2 on Saturday, 10 January 2009 - 8:28 am

    What can one say – but political naivete at its highest!

  2. #2 by pulau_sibu on Saturday, 10 January 2009 - 8:50 am

    Financial aid always goes to this part of the world. The problem is where are the money? Because of corruption, the leaders swallowed all the money and do not help the poor people. You look at Arafat. How much was he having? His rich and young wife lives in Paris and the poorest Palestinians live in the refugee camps. The bottom line is corruption in this region or the Arab world.

    Mahathir asked the poor Malays to quit jobs at McDonald, Starbucks,…Then who will feed them? The situation of poor Malays is different from some of the richest Malays

  3. #3 by limkamput on Saturday, 10 January 2009 - 9:12 am

    For once I have to agree with undergrad2 although he is not the easiest person to agree with!

    The world has rightly focused on the atrocity of Israeli regime on the Palestinian people. But I have one more thing to add: Why so many countries have completely ignored who has started the cycles of violence? I guess it is the popular and political correct thing to support down trodden people. But we forget that the down trodden people is also partly the creation of their own people – the Hamas and the Hezbollah and their extremism.

    Work toward the viable Palestinian state and learn to live in peace and co-exist with others. That is the only option the Palestinian people must be taught to do.

  4. #4 by undergrad2 on Saturday, 10 January 2009 - 9:23 am

    limkamput Says:

    Today at 09: 12.53 (5 minutes ago)
    For once I have to agree with undergrad2 although he is not the easiest person to agree with!”

    Hey! We agree over many issues. One issue I wished I had agreed with you is one pertaining to the “hollow sophistication” of the advocate of logical thinking from a certain U.K. university.

  5. #5 by rossi on Saturday, 10 January 2009 - 9:49 am

    It may a good idea, BUT as long as UMNO is in power all good things are misused to the hilt for their own benefits . They will work on budgets 100 times more to say they are creating and helping one . So the Palestinians will still suffer under the hands of UMNO as we do . UMNO has never proved its worth as Leaders of this Country for that matter any grouping . See what they are worth for http://sjsandteam.wordpress.com/

  6. #6 by OrangRojak on Saturday, 10 January 2009 - 10:32 am

    Time to change your prescription Azly. Unless I’m being ever so slightly naive myself, and you’re cheekily proposing an ‘Israel’ solution for Palestinians. Otherwise, what’s the difference between what you’re suggesting and the refuge system?

    Let’s not lift the finger of blame on this thread. The People of the Book far outnumber the People Who Rewrote the Book online, so we’ll soon be swamped in copied content again. I only have a GPRS connection, so a few kilobytes of pasted ammunition from an American professor of something and I’m a www casualty…

    I was reading a list of solutions that have been put forward for the Palestinian problem recently, on wikipedia, I think, but have lost the URL. That, or it has been deleted. If anybody sees that list again, let me know where it is? Thanks.

    I don’t think the world has ignored any side in this issue, limkamput. There was never any support for Hamas from anyone who wasn’t already pre-disposed to the same ideology. I’m sure lots of people would take Obama’s side when he said “… rockets … daughters … everything in my power”. Most people would interpret “everything in my power” to have some sort of ethical limit. John von Neumann – often awarded the ‘father of Computing’ accolade – was a Cold War strategic advisor. An undeniably brilliant man, he advocated ‘First Strike’. The total eradication of your enemy and their mark is an obvious winning strategy – that’s why there are Conventions against it.

  7. #7 by sinnerconman on Saturday, 10 January 2009 - 1:53 pm

    The Arabs went to war against Israel in 1948 not because they loved the Palestinians. Their aim was to divide and share the land among themselves putting the Palestinians under their rule. They talked of “liberating Palestine” and when Operations Cast Lead was launched, the Arab governments were pleased. Those governments making noises are the Syrians, the Hizbollah, and Iran who are Persians. The Persians and Hizbollah do not love the Palestinians. They want Palestinians especially the women and the children to die so that they can use that as propaganda. The Arabs do not care the plights of the Palestinians.

    Palestinians must depend on themselves and work hard for peace and prosperity. They must open their eyes that Israel have signed peace treaty with Jordan and Egypt. They have to look across the West Bank where their fellow Palestinians are enjoying the fruits with the help of the international community and their economy is flourishing. They have to start somewhere, it doesn’t matter anywhere and with the help of the international community, they will have enough food, water and everything they need including funds to rebuild Gaza.

    If someone says that Israel has no right to exist, then who has any right to exist? They can live in peace side by side just like Israel are living in peace side by side with Jordan and Egypt. Isn’t this prove enough?


  8. #8 by undergrad2 on Saturday, 10 January 2009 - 6:49 pm

    “They can live in peace side by side just like Israel are living in peace side by side with Jordan and Egypt.”

    That does not mean they are not pissed off at the thought of it.

  9. #9 by cemerlang on Sunday, 11 January 2009 - 12:19 am

    The government does not care at all for its’ people. They continue to provoke instead of trying to make things better. If they hate their enemies, that is one thing. But if they even sacrifice their own people because they themselves want the power and they want the whole wide world to agree with them, what is the use then ? A good government is one that makes sure its’ people are well taken care of. Peace. Jobs. Health. Before poking its’ nose in something that is so serious. Does that government ever apologize to its’ own people for contributing to insecurity in the land ? No, instead they blame it on their enemies. Actually, their worst enemy is they themselves. And here we are, Malaysians so called trying to help. Malaysia is not trying to help. Malaysia is making things worst in an indirect way by choosing sides. Supposing if something happens to Israel, will Malaysia declare boldly that it will send its’ Mercy Malaysia there ? No. Therefore it is pure hypocrisy to be choosing sides and to help one over another. And all the money from all the Malaysian sweat goes there. You mean there are no people in desperate need here ? How come no Malaysian want to help their own people ? How come Malaysian are willing to help one who is already helped by the world ? In that region, there are so many countries to go to to become the citizens. Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt. Why must it be Gaza and why must it be Israel ? If they cannot get more land from Israel, why can’t they get more land from all the surrounding countries ? Being brothers in Islam, they can just give up their territory to help their fellow brothers. How come even Islam countries among themselves have to have their territory and cannot give up even a part of it to their Palestinians brothers and sisters ? Doesn’t Islam encourage sharing among believers ? Imagine if you are the only one different and surrounding you are all your enemies. When you are in Malaysia, you do what the Malaysian government tells you to do. When you are in Israel, you do what the Israeli government tells you to do. When you are in Rome, you do as the Romans do. Then , there is peace.

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