Jamaah Islah Malaysia (JIM)'s youth platform Jalinan Orang Muda (JOM) will be collaborating with Youth for Change (Y4C), Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), Gabungan Anti-Perang and Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) Youth Section to conduct a forum of "Truce Traitor: Hamas or Israel?" this 21st January 2008 (Wednesday), 8.30pm at Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, with Malaysian youths and young professionals as the target audience.
Unorthodox issues and viewpoints will be deliberated, such as whether:
1) Hamas creates the whole mess (and therefore the Palestinians should just blame themselves)2) Protests by Muslims are much driven by rage rather than reason (and thus the championship of Palestinian cause is overrated because Muslims use it solely for their own political mileage, when they themselves never get rid of siege-mentality in blaming others for their own problems)
3) The call for boycotting American goods is cheap, since much of our lives depend on how we deal with the superpower and we are shooting at our own feet if we are to abandon their products and services.
The organizers will bring forth MR. Rajen Devaraj, a human rights activist who will provide a historical backdrop to understanding the fundamental issues in relation to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Without an understanding of history, it is difficult to take the correct line to learn from Palestin-Israel war.
Ramadhan Fitri Ellias from Youth for Change who's graduated from Universiti Malaya and holds Master Degree from UIA to speak on the issue from youth perspective. He's formerly the President of Majlis Perwakilan Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya and Persatuan Mahasiswa Islam Unversiti Malaya.
The widely known Palestine-Israel conflict expert, Dr Hafidzi Md Noor who is the Director of Palestine Center of Excellence (PACE) will uncover critical yet refreshing analysis and findings on the crisis amidst diverging public opinion on Hamas resistance to the Israeli occupation.It is the joint ambition of JOM, Y4C, SUARAM, Gabungan Anti-Perang and KLSCAH Youth Section to encourage mutual exchanges of different viewpoints through meaningful dialogue that seek to give every young Malaysians awareness, hope and strength to make a difference by upholding universal values of peace and justice endeared by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.