Total trade between the two countries reached RM5bn in 2013, almost double that of 2012, according to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, points out Ng Kee Seng of The Ant Daily.
Think about this for a moment. Israel is called Israel in BBC reports. But Palestine is rarely called Palestine. Israel fights Hamas. Israel has a name, the name of a place, a country. Palestine has none. Instead, Hamas – or, the more usual, Hamas militants – are fighting Israel. Never do we hear of the Palestinians or the Palestinian people, observes John Hilley.
Today we are witnessing an aggressive onslaught on the Palestinians that is being justified and rationalised on the basis of a war on terror and terrorists, observes Farish A Noor. The Palestinian people – who have been robbed of their land, rights and self-respect – are being portrayed as irrational, fanatical terrorists instead.