Upbeat, catchy tune, isn’t it?
As we get ready to send boats back to Gaza, Israel is beginning to rattle the swords of intimidation again. They have threatened us with snipers and with attack dogs. They have said that they will not allow us to sail to Gaza even though it is they who are breaking international law, and not us. So, for all of you who support us, please begin to call your representatives and insist on our safe passage. Write letters to the editor and notify your news organizations once we sail.
We are unarmed members of civil society and we sail to bring to the attention of the world that Israel is commitiing crimes against humanity by sealing off Gaza and forcing 1.5 million Palestinians into a concentration camp with few rights to leave for an education, to trade with the world from their own sea port and to come home when they choose. Those rights we take for granted. Israel makes sure Palestinians are denied them.
Killing red shirts at Ratchaprasong, too, was “inevitable”. Inevitable because those not directly involved stood by and allowed the massacre to proceed.
Since its shocking, awful slaughter of Palestinians during its Cast Lead Blitzkrieg in Gaza from 27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009, Israel has illegally blockaded the Palestinian nation, preventing Palestinians from rebuilding what Israelis wantonly destroyed, preventing even their access to enough to eat!
The first act of Barack Obama as president should have been to use the American Mediterranean fleet to break Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza and to put ashore Seabees to help rebuild the damage wrought there with American weapons paid for with American aid. But of course, Israeli stooge that he was and is, he did nothing. Did not even mention the slaughter!
The story of Israel’s preparations to forestall the second Freedom Flotilla, or to repeat their massacre of last year is recounted by Colonel Ann Wright.
Please join me in writing to the those in charge of the US Mediterranean Fleet and to NATO demanding that, in consultation with and at the pleasure of the democratically elected government of Palestine in Gaza, they :
- Break the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza,
- Provide a protective escort for the Second Gaza Freedom Flotilla, and
- Put ashore US Seabees, or their EU equivalent, to help at long, long last to undo the unbelievable destruction wrought there by the Israelis nearly four long years ago.