Flotilla participants prepare for journey to Gaza

21 Jul

During their intensive non-violent resistance training in Sicily this week, renowned Palestinian author Mazin Qumsiyeh (pictured with microphone) helped to prepare the passengers and crew of the Freedom Flotilla for the final leg of their humanitarian voyage to break the blockade of Gaza. The four flotilla boats are due to depart Sicily for Gaza, with Kiwi union leader Mike Treen on board, within the next two days.

During his talk Mazin recalled the words of Martin Luther King Jr:

“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’

Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’

Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’

But, conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’

And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right”




2 Responses to “Flotilla participants prepare for journey to Gaza”

  1. Alice Searle July 22, 2018 at 2:23 am #

    Hi. I fully endorse the aims of this flotilla, However, i remember a previous flotilla that was attacked by the Israeli ships ( navy?) and a passenger was killed. What happened to that. Did it get through and did the Israeli Government face a charge of murder?
    As the person who packed all the items for the convoy that left Manchester to travel overland to Gaza I wonder how many more years this will be necessary. The blockade is an illegal act restricting the Palestinian human rights and should/must be stopped. Why does the United Nations not do something under its Charter? Now we are being accused of being anti Semitic by criticising the Israeli Government and for supporting the Palestinians. Confusion between anti Zionism and anti Semitism is at the bottom of this. Criticising the current Zionist Givernment does not mean criticism of Jews.

    • kiaoragaza July 23, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

      Hi Alice – the six-boat Freedom Flotilla, led by the Mavi Marama, was attacked by heavily-armed Israeli commandos in 2010 resulting in the deaths of 10 civilian passengers, and dozens more were injured. None of the assailants were charged. The boats were hijacked in international waters by Israeli forces and all survivors on board were illegally detained. Since then all following flotillas have been intercepted by Israel’s navy and illegally forced to a port in Israel and detained and deported. This is a likely scenario this time – but only by repeatedly challenging it, will Israel’s inhumane blockade of 2 million people in Gaza finally end. You are correct to observe that criticizing or opposing Israeli occupation, apartheid, siege and aggression is not ‘anti-Semitism’, but our duty as defenders of basic human rights for all. Thank you for your support.

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