- August 23, 2008
- 21 minutes read
We Salute You
As I write these words, two boats with some 46 peace activists from many nationalities onboard are sailing from
The Free Gaza Movement, the organizer of the bold mission, includes people from various religious and cultural backgrounds who are united in their dedication to the cause of freedom for the estimated 1.5 million Gazans, thoroughly tormented by a nearly hermetic blockade that has effectively reduced the originally impoverished enclave to a virtual concentration camp.
Among the people taking part in this brave endeavor are an 81-year-old Catholic nun and the sister of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as well as Muslim, Jewish and Christian activists.
If all goes well, the two boats, SS Liberty and “Free Gaza” will deliver urgently-needed medicine and other humanitarian aid to the children of
Some Israeli officials have even hinted at the possibility of using violence against the two boats.
There is no doubt that the continuation of the
It is a stigma of shame upon the
It is also a stigma of shame upon the states of
But the greatest shame falls upon Arab countries, especially
I really can’t understand how we, Arabs and Muslims, can blame Israel, a cruel and criminal state that would like to see Palestinians wiped off from the face of earth, while a so-called brotherly Arab country is closing the borders in the face of thousands of desperate Palestinians seeking urgently needed health care.
Indeed, I want to ask the Egyptian leadership how many Palestinians must die before
We salute you
To these brave men and women onboard “SS Liberty” and “Free Gaza”, I would like to say the following.
I salute you for your courage, humanness and self-abnegation. You undoubtedly represent a point of light in a world overwhelmed by darkness. Your selfless efforts on behalf of the oppressed men, women and children of
I salute that elderly nun, Anne Montgomery, of the religious Order of the Sacred Heart, for her brave determination to take part in this challenging and dangerous mission, despite her old age.
I salute broadcaster and journalist Lauren Booth for demonstrating that journalism is not a “morally neutral job” and that true journalists must also be true human beings who should take a pro-active stance for justice.
I salute Jeff Halper the Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICHAD) who by taking part in this sublime endeavor is making an important statement, namely that there are Jews in this world who don’t support Israel’s Nazi-like repression of the Palestinian people and that starving and savaging innocent civilians for political reasons is incompatible with true Jewish morality.
I salute Greek MP Tasos Kourakis who has voiced a determination “to break the wall of silence surrounding
I salute Dr. Paul Larudee, a co-founder of the Free Gaza mission for his fearless, unflinching determination to carry out this daunting task despite all the threats and intimidation coming from
I salute Yvonne Ridley, TV Presenter, author and peace activist, for her tireless dedication to the cause of justice in
I salute all of you, one by one, for your moral commitment on behalf of humanity.
May God bless you all.