RPK wrote a very good article titled: judaism, Israel and Zionism.
He has written what I wanted to write but more eloquently and more forcefully, something I can never hope to achieve.
When you are against Nazism, you do not label all German people as bad. In fact there were so many Germans who were opposed to Hitler and some plotted to assassinate/overthrow him, only to be executed themselves when their plots were exposed or failed. (National Geography aired a show called 46 ways to kill Hitler soemtimes ago, and there were all based on true stories).
As with RPK, I am against Zionism but I dont hate Jews. I am against the principles of communism but I don’t hate the Russians or the Chinese Chinese. In fact, in the case of China, if they did not go through the years under absolute communist rules , they will not be as progressive now(I know that China is officially still under communist rule but the economic policies now are very much that of a market economy). Sometimes you need to go through certain experience in order to achieve aims that are contrary to those experiences. In fact, although I am against communist principles, I do not dislike communist leaders. I admire Mao, Chou En Lai and Deng, even though they were all communists and just because I am against communist principles, it does not mean that I must dislike these leaders of communism.
Let us pretend that we are living in the 30s and 40s. If we hated Nazism , we should by right support those Germans inside Germany plotting to overthrow Hitler, not by denying them help and condemning them. If we see a black crow, we must not assume that all crows are black; in fact science has proven that white crows do exist and i have posted a link somewhere in this blog, just use my search engine to find the link.
But we Malaysians are too partisan. Just because we are opposed to Zionism, we condemn all the Jews, the good and the bad. There is no middle ground anymore..
We also almost always practice double standard. We like to set rules but rules are meant for others only, not for those who set them. This applies to all aspects of our lives. The government, the opposition, the civil service, the car and truck drivers, businessmen and so on.
Not all Jews are bad. Not all Chinese are bad and not all Indians are bad. Not all Malays are bad. In fact most Jews, Chinese , Indians and Malays are good people… Just talk to those on the grounds earning a decent living by working hard, and you will find most of them are simple folks and they are good people. There are of course some within the groups that are bad, but just because a few are bad, you should not condemn the whole group, especially those whitin the group trying to effect change to bring good to the group.
I look forward to a day when we are no longer so partisan, but that day seems so far away and I may not even see that day during my life time.