Most of the Muslims out there are urging all the Muslims and the world in boycotting certain products to halt the Israeli attacks on Gaza. Most of the products are not from Israel but United States of America. My question here is where is this suggestion heading to? Are we going to benefit from it when in the real world we directly and indirectly rely on those products and companies so much? ( hey, the computer you’re using right now are using some technologies that are listed to be boycotted )
If you’re really determined to go on with boycotting those products, I suggest you start with the products and technologies that are really made and invented by the Israeli itself. First, throw your cell phone away because if you haven’t know, Israel is the developer of the modern cell phone. Next, stop reading this blog if you’re using Windows XP or Windows NP. Then, make sure that your computer are not using all Pentium MMX Chip technology, Pentium-4 microprocessors and Centrino processors. Now, you’re already half of your way to achieve your goal of boycotting those products. Next, stop installing anti-virus software because Israel are the developer of those softwares. and if you are a future doctor, I think you should also be aware of this; Israel developed the first fully computerized, non-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer. Besides, they also invented a computerized system to ensure the proper administration of medications, Heart Attack Blood Tests Diagnosis by phone, an ingestible pill video camera to diagnose cancer, skin damage free acne treatment, and many more. Thus, still thinking boycotting those products is the best move? Unless, you are smarter and superior than them, I think wonderland is just a land for Alice.
Furthermore, we are just the minority on this planet. If it’s just the Muslims who boycott the product would it gives any big impact to those companies? I am afraid in the end, we are the one who are loosing. As an industrialized country wannabe, the challenge for Malaysia is to encourage the companies in industrialized countries to locate more of their value-added activities in the country. Ergo, by asking to boycott them, especially the US, are you actually asking those people who work for them to actually quit their job? And can you imagine how many people in the country will become jobless and what will happen to our economy? The decision is in our hand.
I am not saying that I agree with how Israel condescendingly treats Palestine. NO! I’m against them but am I agree with this idea of boycotting? I don’t think so because I can’t see the effectiveness of the decision. Maybe we can boycott products that are made by Israel but US? I don’t think so.
“As for our own feelings on boycotts, we feel that any actual economic impact will doubtless be nil, but there’s nothing wrong with taking a stand to make yourself feel better about yourself, either. Is there?”
As the quote above suggests, most of the times, we as a human always make simple decision just to make ourselves feel better because even though we know that the outcomes of the decision is not promising at all, we want to at least give some contributions even though actually it is none whatsoever. Yet, some may say they will have much actual impact other than knowing their penny aren’t going to support practices they find odious.
Ergo, what I am trying to say here is, the idea of boycotting those products actually aren’t to stop Israeli attacks on Gaza but more to our stand to show that we hate them and anything that have to do with them.There are layers of meaning here. Will this boycott of US and Israel products have any honest real practical effect on halting Israeli attacks on Gaza? I doubt it. Will it raise awareness — maybe.