Don’t lose the Gaza narrative

The boycott has to continue. It is a message that the people haven’t abandoned humanity 

SEVEN weeks after Israel’s relentless bombardment and murder of innocent Gazan Palestinians, there were calls made by economists to Malaysians recently to rethink the boycott of brands associated with the apartheid, fascist Zionist terrorist-occupiers. 

Most are casting doubts on the impact of these boycotts, as most targeted products or brands are linked to the US, Israel’s core military sponsor. Prominent brands in this movement — Starbucks, McDonald’s — are claimed to be unaffected. 

While sales numbers are unclear, their stock prices are going against expectations. Starbucks’ share price surged 13% over the last month, while McDonald’s went up 8% in the same period. 

These boycotts, said these economists, would only serve to spook US and Western corporations, and will send a bad signal to future businesses that want to invest in Malaysia, as it is considered “anti-Semitic”. 

This is where these economists are missing the trees for the woods, falling for the narrative in the playbook espoused by murderous fascists. 

There is nothing anti-Semitic about voicing out against oppression, injustice and genocide — contrary to the narrative Israels tried to control with its lying media by overcrowding the airwaves. 

Even non-Zionist Jews have long joined the global cry for freedom for Palestinians. 

More than 2.3million Gazans have already been inhumanely imprisoned in the tiny strip since 2007, not to mention the land-robbing and indiscriminate terrorising since 1948. Prior to Oct 7 incursion by Hamas fighters, all major human rights organisations had condemned apartheid Israel for turning Gaza into the world’s largest open-air prison and openly terrorising the Gazans on a daily basis. 

The current attack has turned out to be the mother of all genocides. 

There is no hiding of Israel’s murderous ethnic cleansing intent as its leaders have openly admitted and boasted about it, while receiving encouragement from the US and Western powers. They have an unshaken belief of the invincibility of Zionist propaganda in fooling the world.

“ Caught in the snare, yet free they roam The truth unobscured, yet valour stays home In eerie silence, horror unfurls Where justice hesitates, evil whirls — Nov 24, 2023 ”

Zionist mouthpieces of BBC and CNN have been badly exposed, time and time again, falling short on lack of logic, either or sense of proportionality. Benjamin Netanyahu has publicly revealed his genocidal mind by publicly misquoting murderous phrases from alleged Biblical scriptures. On public television. War minister Yoav Gallant boasted that Israel has dropped more than 25,000 tonnes of explosives on the Gaza Strip between Oct 7 and Nov 2, equivalent to two nuclear bombs dropped by the US on Hiroshima in 1945. On that tiny 41km x 11km strip of land. 

The indiscriminate bombings resulted in at least 14,854 murdered Gazans, including 6,150 children and 4,000 women. More than 36,000 have been injured, two-third of them children and women, and at least 6,800 still missing, unaccounted for beneath the pulverised buildings and rubbles. 

This is not a war and neither can Israel claim self-defense. An occupying force has no right to claim self-defence against an opposing force which emanates from the region. 

We are seeing mass murder. We are witnessing genocide. 

There is no changing the narrative of Gaza and the message of humanity. Of all people, economists, as among the smartest among strata of society, should be the last to fall into it. 

The boycott has to continue. It is a message that the people haven’t abandoned humanity. 

  • Asuki Abas is the editor at The Malaysian Reserve. 

  • This article first appeared in The Malaysian Reserve weekly print edition