Posted by: r.m. | January 12, 2009

Boat to Gaza – again!

From the Free Gaza Movement:

“The Free Gaza Movement ship, “SPIRIT OF HUMANITY,” left Larnaca Port at 3:00 pm, Monday, 12 January, on an emergency mission to besieged Gaza. It is expected to arrive in Gaza at approximately 11am (UST) Tuesday morning. Aboard the ship are 36 passengers and crew, representing 17 different nations. They are doctors, journalists, human rights workers, and five European parliamentarians representing Belgium, Greece, Italy, and Spain (A complete passenger list is at www.freegaza.org.). The mercy ship also carries desperately needed medical supplies meant for hospitals in the Gaza Strip.

“Israel has been notified that we are coming and we are concerned that, in spite of this notice, they will either attack the boat or try to injure the passengers or crew.

“On Dec. 30, Israeli gunboats rammed, disabled and nearly sank our last boat “Dignity” in international waters.  Thanks to the heroic efforts of our many supporters, we were able to get another, larger boat, which has already left Larnaca for Gaza despite Israeli threats.  The boat is carrying urgently needed medical personnel and supplies, members of several European parliaments and journalists, all of whom have been prevented by Israel from entering Gaza.  The delegation leader is human rights lawyer Huwaida Arraf of Michigan.

Please do one or all of the following:

In the US * CONTACT your Congressional representatives and tell them that there are Americans on board the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY. Tell them that they are responsible for the safety of the people on board and the boat itself. Remind them that the boat has every right to sail to Gaza and carries physicans, journalists and members of parliament. Remind them that it is our money that is causing this horror in Gaza.  Congressional Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

In the U.K. *CONTACT your MP and tell them that there are British citizens on board the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY. Tell them that they are responsible for the safety of the people on board and the boat itself. Remind them that the boat has every right to sail to Gaza and carries physicans, journalists and members of parliament.”
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http://www.FreeGaza.org


Responses

  1. After reading Mark Joyner’s ‘How to End the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict’ blog post I decided to create a global petition to rally support for his plan. Mark’s plan decidedly avoids pointing fingers at anyone – it only asks for 3rd party intervention to provide security for all of the innocent civilians in Gaza, the West Bank, and the surrounding Israeli towns – the vast majority of whom simply want to be left alone to live in peace. Please, sign our petition now!

  2. I’d like to say you can’t be blamed for forgetting about the bigger picture in light of such atrocities…
    if i may i’d like to comment on the Mark Joyner’s blog post. i liked the idea of focusing on the peace process rather than the who’s fault it is. i even got to thinking that somewhere down the road both sides would look back, say never again and apologize to each others for all that’s been done and said. and that no matter who’s done more or worse, it would become a thing of the past, never to be forgotten, but never reiterated.
    Then i thought about the central argument of the post. killing is unjustifiable. it sounds like bullet proof reasoning to a lot of people. but sadly not to the people involved in this conflict. the israelis, believing they are god’s chosen people unavoidably value their lives far more than the Palestinians’, or anyone else for the matter. The Palestinians, for many reasons, have grown accustomed to death. As much as i’d like to say that they derive the right to defend themselves from being the victims, i’m not going to base my argument on that. that notwithstanding, they have learned to live with death, to have it over for breakfast, lunch and dinner. so they do have their justification for killing. not to mention the culture of religious jihad, which has found for itself quite a fertile soil in this time and place.
    this is to say that i ultimately find the proposal somewhat unrealistic, all goodwill nonobstant.
    now the reason i say this here and not on the post page is that for some reason i can’t find where to comment on the latter, and i felt like i had to say it.


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