Saturday, January 26, 2019

Boycott, Ban & Bar Israel?

Zan Azlee in his Malaysiakini column penned What’s wrong with banning Israeli athletes? (extracts follows):

I personally feel uncomfortable with banning sportspeople, although in the end I've to agree with both Zan and even, wakakaka, Mahathir.

Banning or boycotting Israel would be better notified and publicised as BDS, a movement which is strong among European academic circles.

Wikipedia informs us (short extract): The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (also known as BDS) is a global campaign promoting various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets what the campaign describes as Israel's "obligations under international law", defined as withdrawal from the occupied territories, removal of the separation barrier in the West Bank, full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, and "respecting, protecting, and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties".

Aeons ago, the sporting world (except for some Western nations like the USA) boycotted White South African (and possibly Israeli) athletes especially in tennis tournaments.

Australia was one exception in that it didn't boycott any sporting event or person, as demonstrated by its participation in both the Moscow and Los Angeles Olympics. The Australian Olympic Council was/is totally independent of the Australian government and Australian politics.

The boycott-Afrikaans moment would witness, say a Russian (or in those days, a USSR tennis player) on seeing a white South African (or Israeli) as his or her opponent, he or she (the USSR person) drops out, refusing to play with that pariah nation, preparing to forfeit his or her standing in the tournament.

Thus boycotting players of certain nations is not new.

Notwithstanding this, as mentioned above I personally feel that allowing politics to intrude into sports especially the Olympic Games is not a desirable action.

The Yanks were the first culprit in boycotting the Moscow Olympics because of Soviet intervention in Afghanistan (whilst hypocritically pretending to forget its own murderous interference in Vietnam where millions of Vietnamese were slaughtered by Yankee weapons and the country severely and horrendously damaged in infrastructure, agriculture, economy, and worse, socially etc).

Zan wrote: 
Do not also forget about South Africa under apartheid. It took a huge concerted effort by the entire international community on every aspect from trade and finance to sports and culture in order to put successful pressure on the South African government. Malaysia played a major role in the movement.

In reality it was both the end of the Cold War (which neutralised South Africa's usefulness in the USA's fight against communism) and her failing economy which broke the White Supremacist back, and not mere international social, cultural and sports pressure.

However, I do not agree when Malaysians call for boycotts of establishments like McDonald’s and Starbucks within the country. These boycotts will not affect anything because are franchises that are essentially owned by Malaysians who have employees who are Malaysians. Boycotts of these establishments only hurt our own people.

Unfortunately, the efforts to protest the Israeli government isn’t as popular as the protests that have happened against Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa because Israel has the support of some of the strongest and most influential governments in the world.

For efforts like this to be a success, it needs to be huge and needs to have the support of the entire international community. And even though this isn’t happening at the moment, I am still glad that we have a government that is standing firm and will not back down under the pressure of more ‘influential’ governments

And the reason why Israel has the support of some of the strongest and most influential governments in the world is due to two factors, namely religion in the USA and guilt of the WWII Holocaust in Europe.

The American Christian Right or the Christian Zionists sees Israel as an intrinsic, nay, vital part of their Christian salvation, for they believe that the Christian Messiah will ONLY make his Second Coming in the Promise Land where the Jews gather, namely Israel. Thus those yanks will defend Israel even at the expense of the USA's interests. Aid to Israel has never been cut or reduced whilst financial budgets for various US departments have been.

I bet the belief of the Christian Zionists in Israel as vital to the Return of Jesus even surpasses and eclipses the conservative Malaysian Muslim faith in their religion, such is the fanaticism of those Christian Zionists.

The Europeans, especially the Germanic nations, of course, have never gotten over their guilt about the Holocaust in WWII.

Surprisingly or perhaps not, but certainly annoying, that guilt seems to apply to ONLY matters Jewish, like Israel, Israelis and Jews, whilst the non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust (gypsies, Russian, Poles, Slavs, etc) whose deaths actually outnumber the Jewish victims are conveniently ignored. Such is the power and effectiveness of Jewish propaganda and constant reiteration in reminding Europeans of their culpability in the Holocaust.

Even the term 'anti-Semitism' has been unjustly misappropriated by the Jews for themselves, when that term should apply equally to hostility to, prejudice, or discrimination against Arabs, Akkadians, Canaanites, some Ethiopians, and Aramaean tribes including Hebrews.

Thus it can be argued that today the most anti-Semitic people are actually the Israelis in their hostility, prejudice, racism and discrimination against Arabs in general and Palestinians specifically.


  1. There is an important issue here of responsibility an accountabilty which has little or nothing to do with Israel.

    When Malaysia bid for the right to host the Paralympic qualifying rounds, it knew full well it had the responsibility to allow all bona fide competitors entry to compete in the games. Refusing to allow a group of athletes entry at the 11th hour for political reasons is an act of irresponsibility.
    Malaysia itself risks being blacklisted from hosting future international events.

    The South African case is different. South Africa was actually barred from competing by the International Olympic Committee. So they had no right to compete.
    If the IOC tried that with Israel, it would lose massive amounts of Yankee Corporate Sponsorship funds.

    The Olympic Games would go bankrupt without its major Yankee Corporate rate Sponsors, so that is not going to happen.

    The Trump administration has already begun a major fight back against BDS. BDS itself is being subject to boycott.

    Universities anywhere in the world which participate in BDS risk losing access to research funding and backing from US National Science Foundation, National Institute's of Health, NASA etc.

    Anybody who works in scientific research around the world knows that it is a Big Deal to have your research backed by NSF, NIH , NASA etc, and a Big Deal to lose that backing.

  2. When politicians play politics it is usually the common folk that suffers. Case in point - Trump vs Congress over the Mexican Wall. The result? Government shutdown.

    We have missed the opportunity to show the world that we are good reasonable people. Israel grants special entry visas to Christian Malaysians into their country to perform their pilgrimage. But we won't allow a few of their para-Olympians from entering? Will Israel now cancel this special provision? If so who suffers?

    Not all Israelis are Jews. 25% are Muslims or Christians. So there is a good chance that some of these Israeli athletes are not even Jews.

    We arrogantly proclaim that we have the right to decide who can enter our country. By the same token the IOC can decide who can be members of the Olympic fraternity. If they decide to kick us out it will be the end of Lee Chong Wei's dream of an Olympic gold medal.

    I hope the IOC moves the para-Olympics event from Sarawak to Israel (ha ha ha). And I hope Israel will respond by graciously still allowing Malaysians to enter their country to compete. Then when we boycott who suffers? Our own para-athletes.

    The Final Score: Hook Nose 1-0 Flat Nose.

  3. I have been to Jerusalem. A beautiful place. My observation.. the Jewish women are just so beautiful too. Jericho is so quaint. I wish to visit Masjid Al Aqsa again.

  4. BN will win the Cameron Highlands election.
    Serves DAP right for running an amazingly inept campaign, making mistake after mistake.
    And fielding a dumb blabbermouth Manogaran as it's MP candidate. He succeeded in insulting both Malays and Orang Asli communities in one sentence early in the campaign, and has been going downhill since.

  5. Usual Ktemoc Holocaust Denier.

    There is no doubt that "The Final Solution to The Jewish Question" was the PRINCIPAL objective of the Nazi extermination camps.
    That many others is s tragic fact, but please don't use that to gloss over the malignant hatred for Jews, for which Ah Mok in 2019 is now a purveyor.

    In Anti-semitism, a check with the Oxford English dictionary shows the word had its roots in Europe in the 19th-century, and simply meant in usage as "hatred of Jews".
    It was NOT hijacked by Israelis.

    1. Trust an Israeli lover ;like Monsterball yo promote the fallacy of anti-Semitism as only appliacble to hatred against Jews

      The word first used in German language (antisemitisch) was utilised naturally by an Austrian Jew Moritz Steinschneiderin 1860. Just because a Jew first used it, it didn't/doesn't mean that other Semite races are not subjected to hatred and hostility as the hatred current Israelis harbour for Palestinians and other Arabs


      Antisemitism (also spelled anti-semitism or anti-Semitism) is hostility to, prejudice, or discrimination against Jews.

      That is the straightforward, no-spin Official dictionary-level usage definition.
      The colloquial German equivalent was Judenhass ("Jew-hatred").

      Trust Jew-Hater Ah Mok to pusing-pusing spin the issue.

    3. stop your BS. That term was first used and thus (mis)appropriated by an Austrian Jew

      The actual phrase was "antisemitische Vorurteile" (menaing antisemitic prejudices).

      Austrian Jew Moritz Steinschneider used the phrase antisemitische Vorurteile to show the French philosopher Ernest Renan's false ideas about how "Semitic races" were inferior to "Aryan races"'..

      "Semitic races", as I mentioned, comprise Arabs, Akkadians, Canaanites, some Ethiopians, and Aramaean tribes including Hebrews (Jews), but typical of Jews, they seized and monpolise that term as they did/do with another word "Holocaust" as if only Jews were massacred during WWII.

      Only an Israeli-lover like Monsterball would promote that Jewish exclusivity, and as we know the term "exclusivity" means racism.


      Oxford English Dictionary - anti-Semitism
      "Hostility to or prejudice against Jews."

      Wikipedia -
      "Antisemitism (also spelled anti-semitism or anti-Semitism) is hostility to, prejudice, or discrimination against Jews."

      I have provided the authoritative references.

      What about Ah Mok the Kangkung University graduate ?

    5. as mentioned, ONCE the Jews misappropriate that term for themselves, no one in the Western World dares to challenge the Jewish claim - just like the Holocaust. Monsterball just loves to suck Jewish circumcised dicks Mazel Tov


    Malaysia ignominiously stripped of award to host the 2019 World Paralympic Swimming Championships, planned in Kucing , Sarawak.

    Though I am a Malaysian, I have to say this was an appropriate decision.
    A country which bid to host such an international event has to commit to allow all legitimate athletes to enter the country to compete.

    Refusing to allow competitors entry at the 11th hour amounts to "Chau K'ar" or playing dirty.

    There are now serious doubts hanging over Malaysia's credibility in any future bid for international sports events.

    The US , which regards Iran as a major state sponsor of terrorism, still kept to its commitment, allowing visas to Iranian athletes to compete during the Atlanta Olympics, though strict conditions were placed restricting them to only travel within and between relevant Atlanta Olympic venues and accommodation.
    Iran condemned the restrictions as disrespectful and contemptuous, but nevertheless sent its team to participate.

  7. Malaysians can boycott or shout or yell all it wants whether it is anti-semitism, anti-Israel or anti-Jew.

    The glaring fact remains the country does not believe in Human Rights for all and is against the UN ICERD.

    Why should anyone praise a country for it's stance when the country itself just does not have the principles nor the dignity to promise it's own citizens to conform towards decent human rights conventions and rights?

    It just shows the hypocrisy and idiosyncrasies of Malaysians who do not walk the talk.

    Malaysians better sort out what it is they are pretending to be first with such conflicting principles and idiocy.

    1. Mahathir is playing to the domestic gallery for his Pribumi political interests - he does NOT give a shit about international opinions