Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Jewish Boat to Gaza

Posted by jonathanfryer on Monday, 27th September, 2010

Another vessel is attempting to breach the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, only this time there is a difference: all the passengers are Jewish. The small catamaran, Irene, is sailing under a British flag and has various nationalities on board, representing several groups including the London-based Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JJP). The cargo includes prosthetic limbs for orthopaedic care in Gaza hospitals, as well as toys, musical instruments, text books and fishing nets. Richard Kuper of JJP commented, ‘Israeli policies are not supported by all Jews. We call on all governmens and people around the world to speak and act against the occupation and the siege.’ The 83-year-old Holocaust survivor Reuven Moskovitz, who is also on board, declared, ‘It is a sacred duty for me, as a survivor, to protest against the perseuction, the oppression and the imprisonment of so many people in Gaza, including more than 800,000 children.’ The boat will attempt to dock in Gaza, but if intercepted by the Israelis (as it surely will be), the people on board will not offer any resistance. Some people might think their gesture futile, even provocative. I find it immensely brave.

One Response to “Jewish Boat to Gaza”

  1. Firdaus Kanga said

    Some of you who attack Israel, the only democracy in the region may, at best, be ignorant, at worst, vain
    and vicious. Anybody who has ever looked at an atlas is
    bound to see that Gaza is bordered not only by Israel but by Egypt as well. The blockade of Gaza is not an Israeli blockade of the innocent. Egypt, an Arab state,
    has full access to Gaza and can allow whatever the people of Gaza need sent in or sent out.
    The reason why both Egypt and Israel are blockading
    Gaza is that it has been violently seized by Hamas,
    Za violent, fascist movement that allows no freedom to
    any woman or man, gay or straight, who does not live by its suffocating system of Islamic beliefs. Hamas not only hunts down dissidents but its fellow Palestinians : Gaza was politically cleansed by Hamas who killed their own people, those who belonged to their political rivals, the PLO, throwing them out of windows, hunting them through the streets.
    Hamas in its charter claims that Allah tells them that every Jew must be killed and the Zionist entity, Israel destroyed.
    The cruel irony of an elderly Jewish man, a victim of the Holocaust, being fooled into becoming the figurehead of a ship that is taking succour to a regime whose aim is the destruction of his people –
    for Hamas gives help only to the cowed and crazy who
    support its regime of terror – is contemptible.
    Beneath contempt are the comrades who belong to Jews for Justice, sitting in their gardens in Hampstead and
    in Kentish Town, sipping mint tea while their laptops
    send out lies that help Hamas to smash the legs and
    lives of those who dare to defy an inhumane regime.

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