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Friday 9 January 2009

Its Our Palestinians too!

When Israel bombs Palestinian children, that’s regarded as audacity. In a warped sense of righteousness, the blatant aggression is sanitized as audacity, a term usually used positively. It’s taken as a good thing. Indeed, there is a preferred term for it. It’s called Chutzpah. The term Chutzpah is actually used indignantly, to describe someone who has over-stepped the boundaries of accepted behavior with no shame.

But typical of the hypocrisy of the west, chutzpah has developed ambivalent and even positive connotations. Indeed Chutzpah is used to express admiration for non-conformist but gutsy audacity. In realpolitik, it is sometime expressed as a truism- Israel has the right to its self defense. Preventive killings and genocide as a means of defense is the ultimate chutzpah.

The Palestinians whose weapons of choice consist of slings, stones and ancient grenade launchers, don’t. People have even accused Palestinians to having it coming to them. Hamas and Hezbollah to the North are responsible for the death of Palestinian children and women. Palestinians deserve to die because they refused to have an independent state. They deserve to because their only object in life is to kill every Jew in this world. Some people regard chutzpah as "gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, incredible 'guts,' presumption plus arrogance. Hence chutzpah has degenerated into a term that expresses a grudging admiration.

So when the IDF bombs houses, shoot children point blank in the head, they can always plead self defense. They can justify the killings as preemptive strike on those out to kill them. Israel’s behavior is tolerable because its Israel’s national chutzpah. Having killed children and women, Israel asks the world for leniency and understanding. Accepting Israel’s explanation is like treating the Israeli behavior as the ultimate chutzpah. The popular version of the ultimate chutzpah is like the example of the boy who, having just been convicted of murdering his parents, begs the judge for leniency because he is an orphan. Israel is the world’s orphan.


Anonymous,  9 January 2009 at 09:07  

Aiya, you used Wikipedia's sentences word by word without attributing it. That's chutzpah.

Ariff Sabri 9 January 2009 at 09:23  

sorry anon.
if you read this article carefully, only when it comes to the word chutzpah is it used in the manner you accused me of. the application of the term in the context is not.
what's your problem?

Anonymous,  9 January 2009 at 09:33  

dear sakmongkol,
you wrote: The popular version of the ultimate chutzpah is like the example of the boy who, having just been convicted of murdering his parents, begs the judge for leniency because he is an orphan.

in the above example, using the term 'popular version' suggests that it is widely used without having to attribute it specifically to anyone.
so just ignore this vermint.
i bet you, this anon googled for the term only upon reading your article.

Apocryphalist 9 January 2009 at 09:50  

If Dato' Sak hadn't pasted the definition word for word from wikipedia but used it therefrom, and thereafter insists that it came originally from him, only THEN would I attribute some dishonest plagiarism to him. Otherwise, this is modern day info-sharing maa. Petty definitions can be just fetched from established sources and used freely. That's what they are for maaa. Dato's ebullient idea and his lucid arguments are what comprise the essence here.

Some people's contribution towards intellectual discourses are just via hair splitting and micro dichotomy. Zeroing succinctly, perhaps to them the only good malay is a non-articulate malay devoid of ideas.


de minimis 9 January 2009 at 10:09  

I am getting very annoyed with commentators, whether disclosed or Anon, that choose to be pedantic as if being pedantic is a demonstration of cleverness.

Any allegation of plagiarism, whether express or implied, is a serious matter if one's livelihood depended on writing e.g. academia or journalism or authorship of works.

Bloggers write without compensation (tho' some allegedly are). Often, bloggers are pressed for time but have this insatiable need to expiate an opinion or offer a perspective.

In this context, I think it is the height of pettiness and callousness to nitpick on attribution. It is missing the verdant forest for some ugly bark on a single tree. It is completely missing the point of this particular post that highlights the ridiculousness of the Israeli aggression on Palestinian civilians.

Bro Sak, keep being your good self. Your intellectual integrity remains unsullied and unimpeachable.

Anonymous,  9 January 2009 at 10:22  

tuan sakmongkol,
setelah membaca artikel tuan, saya googled apa ertinya chutzpah. saya lihat ianya bahasa hebrew atau bahasa orang yahudi.
saya tidak nampak isiu apa apa dengan penggunaan tuan keatas istilah tersebut- malah penggunaan yang judicious di perlukan supaya makna istilah tersebut jangan lari. kemudian, penggunaan istilah tersebut untuk menerangkan agression negara Israel, sunggoh ironic.
saya juga echo apa yang di cakapkan oleh apocryphalist- ini info sharing sahaja. malah berkongsi maklumat dan membuat artikel supaya mudah dan senang di baca, adalah suatu service kepada kita.

aiya- apa mahu nitpicking. the message behind the article and never insisting that it is the author's own is not plagiarism. ini bukan tulis thesis atau dissertation lor

Anonymous,  9 January 2009 at 10:26  


Tahniah atas kejayaan saudara dalam memperjuangkan IJN tempohari.

Perjuangan kita kali ini ialah untuk membantah sekeras-kerasnya pembangunan KLIA@EAST di Labu oleh Sime Darby dan Air Asia. Ini adalah satu percubaan untuk "membunuh" KLIA di Sepang yang dibina oleh YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Tun Musa Hitam sebagai pengerusi Sime Darby ingin menggagalkan semua legasi Tun Dr Mahathir. Saya harap saudara boleh melawat blog saya iaitu Saya telah memaparkan logo "No to KLIA@EAST". Saya harap saudara akan juga menggunakan logo itu di website saudara. Terima kasih.


Pak Zawi 9 January 2009 at 11:35  

Datok Sak,
I will not dwell further on the inconsequential comment from Anonymous writer who doesn't seem to contribute anything to issue at hand.
Personally I often wonder at the folly of Hamas taking potshots at Israel with their rockects which often resulted in retaliation of massive proportion from Israel. The damage from such retaliation in the form of lives, property and future of their people doesn't seem to be worth the effort from Hamas in the first place. Is it their desire to die a martyr that is driving them to take potshots at Israel? Why not wait while Hamas muster enough strength in terms of numbers and artilery before making an attack on the powerful Israel backed by USA? When you strike the blow must be so telling that your enemy will not be able to wake up and fight back. As it is, Israel may run over Palestine and even claim ownership of Gaza. With the back up of USA and The UN being toothless, I think that is what is on their mind right now, another territorial expansion.

Ridzzy 9 January 2009 at 16:01  


Fellow muslim countries such as Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon are all within close proximity of the conflict. I often wonder why the silence from them?

Anonymous,  9 January 2009 at 16:04  

dear zawi,

zionist using the rockets as an excuse ... in fact we have to clearly understand why the alleged hamas fire a rocket to israel ..

its hunger ... desperation ... i believe that a dude (hamas or not) are so frustrated that he shot the rocket .... we could not understand how these people feels ... 'berat mata memandang, berat lagi bahu memikul' ....

i really2 hope that the war stops ... every time i look at my child ... terbayang2 anak2 kecil Palestine yang dibunuh ....


Anonymous,  9 January 2009 at 17:14  

LAtok this is a very interesting facts!!

Berikut disiarkan petikan dari blog Anwar Ibrahim pertanyaan seorang pembaca mengenai penglibatan Anwar dalam 'Annapolis Summit '

Munirah Hayati menanyakan: Saya berpendapat, selain dari sejarah keganasan Zionis yg sudah berzaman, mutakhir ini US & Israel merasa terancam kerana Hamas menjadi pilihan rakyat melalui pilihanraya di palestin pada 2006 @ 2007 kalau saya tidak silap. US tidak mengiktiraf Hamas kerana katanya Hamas adalah pertubuhan ‘teroris’

Now, based on history any reasonable and fair-minded person will realise, when they look beyond the propaganda line - the Zionists are a much much bigger ‘terrorist’ than Hamas, which is a small, very powerless group of people fighting for their own ‘right of return’ & ‘liberation of Al-Aqsa’

You, Anwar Ibrahim - has been part of the Annapolis Summit in November 2007 - clearly in support of America and their denouncement of Hamas. I wish i can understand why you decided to be part of that. News report from AlJazeera now link the current offensive (i call it genocide & massacre by terrorist Zionist) as a result of careful planning and years of “peaceful negotiation” by US and other countries in summits that are not attended by the legitimate government of the people of Palestine. I pray to Allah every hands that go into the planning of the current massacre will justly be cursed in this life & the next wassalam —–


Saudari Munirah, Saya kurang pasti siapa yang sasau menyebar dakyah sebegini dengan dendam kesumat sademikian. Mungkin hasil latihan fitnah BTN! Secara konsisten saya menggesa pengiktirafan ke atas HAMAS dan menegur pimpinan UMNO-BN kerana mengenepikan wakil HAMAS di Kuala Lumpur. Saya tidak pernah menyentuh apa lagi mendukung Annapolis Summit.


Kenapa Anwar ingin menyalahkan orang lain atau pun BTN tentang tindakkannya menandatangani perjanjian tersebut. Adakah hebat sangat BTN sehingga boleh mempengaruhi akhbar di luar negara untuk menyiarkan berita tersebut. Adakah Anwar sudah tersilap langkah hingga ingin menyalahkan orang lain.

STEVEN CLEMONS dalam The Washington Note mengesahkan ANWAR IBRAHIM, bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia turut sama menandatangani surat 'sokongan' deklarasi "Annapolis Summit" kepada Presiden George W. Bush dan Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, pada 10 October 2007. ANWAR IBRAHIM dilaporkan telah menandatangani surat 'sokongan' deklarasi itu sebaris dengan JOHN McLAUGHLIN, bekas Timbalan Pengarah CIA; SHLOMO BEN-AMI, bekas Menteri Luar Negara Israel; HARRIET BABBITT bekas Pengarah NDI; JOHN MALOTT, bekas Duta US; CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, Co-Chair of ICG; STEVEN CLEMONS, Pengarah, New America Foundation dan lain-lain lagi.

Semua nama-nama itu merupakah bekas-bekas tokoh berpengaruh kerajaan Amerika dan tokoh luar negara yang pro Amerika. Sudah semestinya tokoh-tokoh Amerika itu sudah mengenali siapakah Anwar Ibrahim dan mengetahui atas alasan apa bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia turut dijemput menandatangani surat deklarasi itu.

Persoalan : 1. Anwar Ibrahim mewakili kepentingan pihak mana dalam menandatangani surat 'sokongan' deklarasi Annapolis Summit itu ? Kepentingan Kerajaan AMERIKA atau Negara ISLAM ?

2. Atas kapasiti apa Anwar tandatangani surat itu ? Diplomat Jemputan Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Ahli kehormat International Crisis Group (ICJ), United States Middle East Project (USMEP)atau bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia ?

3. Dengan persetujuan menurunkan tandatangan deklarasi itu, bermakna Anwar telah mengiktiraf kewujudan NEGARA ISRAEL sebagai sebuah negara yang SAH ?

4. Kenapa majoriti yang menandatangani deklarasi itu terdiri daripada tokoh-tokoh Amerika yang bukan beragama Islam ? Hanya Anwar dan 4 lain beragama Islam sedangkan 77 orang pula bukan beragama Islam ?

5. Kenapa deklarasi sokongan Annapolis Summit diketuai 8 tokoh yang berpengaruh di Amerika iaitu Zbigniew Brzezinski, Lee H. Hamilton, Carla Hills, Nancy Kassebaum-Baker, Thomas R. Pickering, Brent Scowcroft, Theodore C Sorenson dan Paul Volcker?

6. Kenapa nama Anwar dimasukkan sebagai senarai kedua bersama tokoh-tokoh badan perisikan, penajaan dan ejen iaitu Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), International Crisis Group (ICG), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), National Democratic Institute (NDI), United States Middle East Project (USMEP), The New American Foundation, Brookings Institution, Open Society Institute, National Intelligence Council, RAND Corporation dan National Security Council ?

7. Adakah badan-badan perisikan, penajaan dan ejen seperti yang disenaraikan di atas sebelum ini pernah terlibat secara langsung (overt) dan tidak langsung (covert) ke atas negara-negara Islam ?

8. Kenapa pula negara Syria dan HAMAS serta majoriti penduduk Palestin menentang 'pelan damai' itu yang dianggap sebagai sangat menguntungkan Israel ?

9. Benarkah dakwaan HAMAS mengatakan Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei (Iran) tidak bersetuju dengan Annapolis Summit dan menyeru dunia Arab memboikotnya.

10. Benarkah Anwar bersama empat orang Islam itu sangat pro-Amerika hingga sanggup membelakangkan kepentingan HAMAS dan majoriti penduduk Palestin yang beragama Islam?

11. Betulkah dakwaan laman web Moon of Alabama menuduh yayasan yang pernah dipegang oleh Anwar, (Foundation For The Future)merupakan grand design Amerika untuk bantu bekalkan senjata kepada kumpulan ABBAS (FATAH) menentang kumpulan HAMAS ? Kumpulan HAMAS dan majoriti penduduk Palestin menolak 'pelan damai' Annapolis Summit

12. Kalau tuduhan laman web Moon of Alabama tidak benar, kenapakah STEVEN CLEMONS,(salah seorang penandatangan surat deklarasi Annapolis Summit 2007) dalam The Washington Note mengesahkan Foundation For The Future merupakan tajaan AMERIKA menjalankan operasi misteri yang hanya diketahui oleh Jabatan Negara Amerika ?

13. Kalau Foundation For The Future adalah tajaan AMERIKA, adakah Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) dan International Crisis Group (ICJ)yang dipegang oleh Anwar sekarang ini juga merupakan 'tajaan' AMERIKA ?

14. Bukankah usaha AMERIKA 'mendamaikan' antara Ehud Olmert (Israel) dan Abbas (Palestin)sebagai usaha untuk menafikan kemenangan kumpulan HAMAS yang pernah memenangi pilihanraya Palestin sebelum ini ?.

15. Bukankah 'perjanjian damai' antara Israel dan kumpulan Abbas bertujuan untuk menyemarakkan lagi rasa tidak puas hati kumpulan HAMAS kepada Abbas ?

16. Apakah bermaksud, dengan termenterai perjanjian ini, Israel boleh cuci tangan kerana peperangan akan terus berlarutan sesama Islam iaitu antara HAMAS dan FATAH.

17. Kalau begitu, betulkah dakwaan mengatakan "Abbas" merupakan Presiden Palestin, BONEKA Israel dan Amerika ?

18. Betulkah dakwaan Ahmadinejad, Presiden Iran mengatakan Annapolis Summit merupakan projek Amerika yang gagal dan sangat bahaya kepada dunia Islam ?

19. Kalau benar, Israel sudah mula 'angkat bendera putih' dan mahu berdamai dengan negara-negara Islam, kenapakah Israel hasut Amerika supaya serang Iran yang didakwa mempunyai senjata nuklear?

20. Jadi, apa sebenarnya KONSPIRASI di sebalik tabir sedang dimainkan oleh Amerika, Israel dan Anwar Ibrahim yang turut membawa imejnya sebagai "Bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia"?


anak si-hamid 9 January 2009 at 21:40  

The Palestinians have one problem - they are mainly Muslims. If they had been Catholics like in East Timor, Christians like in South Africa, led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu or Buddhists as in Tibet, then their treatment would not have been so barbaric and their agony would not have lasted this long.

Anonymous,  9 January 2009 at 22:25  

another hate blogger

Anonymous,  9 January 2009 at 22:37  

yes, we live in a guilt-ridden society don't we?. any mention against Israeli atrocities is mentioned as another hate blogger. in other words, the non hate blogger is one who stays mute and insensitive to the sufferings? itu macam? in other words, you are saying, a good palestinian is a dead palestinian?

Saya... 10 January 2009 at 22:59  
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