‘Jews for Justice’ aid boat sets sail for Gaza from northern Cyprus. They are flying a British flag, and won’t resist if Israeli authorities try to stop it.
The trip came nearly four months after Israeli commandos boarded a flotilla of Gaza-bound ships.
Nine activists were killed in the ensuing clashes. The voyage also came as Israelis, Palestinians and U.S. mediators sought a compromise that would allow Mideast talks to continue after an Israeli settlement slowdown expires at midnight.
Boat passenger Rami Elhanan, an Israeli whose daughter Smadar was killed in a suicide bombing at a shopping mall in Jerusalem in 1997, said it was his moral duty to act in support of Palestinians in Gaza because reconciliation was the surest path to peace.
“Those 1.5 million people in Gaza are victims exactly as I am,” Elhanan, 60, said in an interview.
Other voyage organizers included the group European Jews for a Just Peace and the U.S.-based Jewish Voice for Peace.
Refusnik Israel Air Force pilot Jonathan Shapira, another passenger aboard the ship, told Haaretz that “we hope that the soldiers and officers of the Israeli navy will think twice before they obey orders to stop us.”
“Let them remember the history of our people, and those who followed orders and later said ‘we were only following orders.’ We do not pose any kind of security threat to Israel’s citizens. We intend to continue forward with our crew and our cargo to the port in Gaza, where we are expected.”
The ship’s cargo includes toys, textbooks, musical instruments, fishing gear as well as prosthetic limbs for orthopedic treatments.
The organizers admit that they are a bringing “symbolic” amount of aid. “The ship will try to reach the Gaza shore in order to unload the supplies within the framework of a non-violent symbolic act of solidarity and protest, aimed at calling for the lifting of the siege and the free passage of supplies and people to and from Gaza,” the organizers said in a statement.
Organizer says goal of boat which left from Cyprus on Sunday is to show that not all Jews support Israeli policies toward Palestinians.
Source: The Guardian, and multiple media sources.
To deal with the Hamas, is not a job for a handful of Jewish cow boys from United Kingdom.
There are six million Jews inside the state of Israel that have to deal with Hamas every day.
To support Hamas is not at all “Jewish”. It is evil. Not even the Majority of the Muslims in the World will support the views of these group peace activists.
You can not make peace with people who are hell bent on killing even Muslims that do not agree with them. Such Islamic terrorist organizations have to be contained, and their powers made as limited as possible.
No one can do this better than the IDF. Lets support the Jewish people, who sends their sons and daughters to defend the freedom we all enjoy.