The Palestine-Israel Conflict has indeed been a long-standing one — resulting in losses of lives, buildings and people missing out on basic needs such as education and quality healthcare services! This conflict isn’t entirely based on religion — a fact that most people are wrong about. In fact, the crisis stems from a simple concept of conquering lands owned by the Palestinians primarily. This encompasses who gets what portion of the land and how is it going to be controlled. While this concept might be a very idealistic one, realistically, this could not be executed as a result of thorny issues such as border control and Palestinian refugees returning to their former homes. What started off as a singular conflict, branched out into various overlapping conflicts and formed a cocoon of destruction.
The present-day conflict between these two countries gave rise to Israel putting the Palestinians under suffocating military occupation! This occupation has violated various human rights conventions, subsequently making it morally and ethically wrong. Hence, the people of Palestine end up suffering for many generations to come under the cold-blooded hands of the Israeli military.
This was what drew countries such as Malaysia to support Palestine financially and emotionally. We have been against the Israeli occupation on Palestinian soil since day 1. While Malaysians regardless of race, religion and political beliefs, continue opposing the cruelty of the Israeli government, Israel citizens have decided to wage a social media war with Malaysians.
Recently, a citizen of Israel, Emily Schrader released a TikTok video on Twitter mocking Malaysia’s ranking in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. From the video, it could be shown that she’s comparing her country, which is at the 36th position after winning 1 gold and 2 bronze medals to our country which has so far won 1 bronze and is now in the 70th rank.
Knowing that her video will eventually gain flak from netizens, she closed the comments section of her Tweet. The irony in this, was the fact that she was the one who asked the question, “Where is Malaysia?” via the video. Well, closing off the comments section did not deter Malaysians from waging a war via quote tweets.
In addition to this, the hashtag #Israelkoyak is trending on Twitter due to the word “koyak” being added to the Urban Dictionary. “Koyak” is actually a Malay word that describes someone who is hurt after being called out for or made fun of.
This was definitely not the first time something like this happened! Last week, an Israeli activist, Arsen Ostrovsky made fun of Malaysia after Israel won a bronze medal in women’s taekwondo under 49kg.
Well, albeit the fact that they might have won a gold medal, at least our Malaysian athletes did not destroy a bed and cause trouble to the organisers. Nevertheless, it is indeed heart-warming to see fellow Malaysians defending the country when trouble ensues. Hopefully, Israelis would not start another social media war again.