Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Ship of fools: Free Gaza sails again.

On Monday June 29 Free Gaza's latest ship of fools, "Spirit of Humanity" set sail from Cyprus with a false ships manifest, listing its destination as Egypt. That was just the first in a series of lies.

The next lie was sent via press release from spokesperson Greta Berlin: claiming the ship "carries three tons of medical aid, children's toys, and rehabilitation and reconstruction kits for twenty family homes.", in direct contrast with their twitter account which stated "We left this morning, one boat, 21 passengers, 20 olive trees, one symbolic bag of cement" .

The boat was intercepted by Israeli authorities and an immediate cacophony of emails and press releases were sent out calling for a phone and email blasts to Israeli and American officials. The squeals invariably had the theme " Free the 'kidnapped peace activists' who are just trying to give hope to the starving children of Gaza"

The reality is there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and there are no starving children. Aid continues to flow through the crossings. This year alone over 366,282 tons of aid and over 45.693 million liters of fuel have been delivered to the Gaza Strip. Just last week, 674 truckloads (16,323 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt. In addition to food, medicine and hygiene products, games, basketballs and balloons, trampolines and swimming pools, generators, air-conditioning accessories, clothing, shoes and hats, chairs, mattresses and Styrofoam cups; and raw materials for paper production were all transported into Gaza.

Basketballs and balloons. Swimming pools and trampolines. Oh those brutal and genocidal Israelis!!! Oh, those poor suffering Gazans!

If there is no humanitarian crisis why is Free Gaza working so hard to open the sea route to Gaza? Its certainly not cost effective to transport 20 trees this way. Could it be perhaps that its getting harder and harder to smuggle Iranian weapons via land? Its so much more efficient to go the sea route, if only those pesky Israelis would stop defending their borders. Could Free Gaza be trying to smooth the way for a new Karine A?

In 2002, Israel intercepted the Gaza bound Karine A at sea with 50 tons of Iranian and Russian-made weapons - long-range Katyusha rockets and mortar bombs, LAW anti-tank missiles, Sagger anti-tank missiles, mines, sniper rifles, ammunition and more than two tons of high explosives hidden in a cargo of rice, clothes and toys. Sound familiar?

The sad reality remain that until there is a true and lasting peace, checkpoints save lives on both sides of the conflict. And saving lives should be our priority. We all look forward to a day with out the threat of violence, of open borders and crossings. But until the day comes when Israel can live in peace, she needs to live with security. And Israel must control her own borders.


  1. My mother always said "Liars need good memory"

    Reports differ even from within the Free Gaza organization as to what the ship, ostensibly sent to provide moral support for the Hamas regime in Gaza, is carrying. Ramzi Kysia, a Free Gaza organizer, said that each of 21 passengers was carrying a kilogram of cement, an olive tree sapling, a water purifier, school materials and construction tools. Other Free Gaza sources say that there are 20 saplings on board and one "symbolic" bag of cement. Foreign media reports leading up to the attempted maritime infiltration claimed the 21 activists were bringing three tons of medicine and other humanitarian aid.

  2. If these folks really wanted to end the blockade and help the people of Gaza they would be working to get Hamas off of the people's backs, to free Gilad Shalit and to stop the Qassams. While the average Gazan makes $2,000 per year, the average Hamasnik makes $50,000! So who is it that is exploiting the people of Gaza in reality?

  3. ummmhuh...sure. Show us the pictures (or proof) of all this goodness and we might believe it. Words alone don't really mean that much.

  4. Yeah. You'd think with all those journalists on board the "Spirit of humanity" there would be photos of all the aid ... I haven't seen one. Has anyone?

    They've lied before. Remember the Libyan ship en route to gaza carrying "60 tons of humanitarian aid"? Apparently it was carrying 150 bottles of mineral water.

  5. "Though I could not caution all, I still might warn a few.
    Don't lend your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools."

    These "activists" are engaged in cynical self-promotion. You can be sure they are busy taking photos to document their fight against the nasty Jews. The people who collude with them in Gaza are from Central Casting.

    Then they can whip up a Power Point program for the church circuit and rake in lots of money tax free. It is not unusual for these people to make $2000 for a two hour gig in a local home or church. This is Business, baby.

    The Wallach twins already have some dates set up on the circuit later this summer. They will sell us the Truth for our donation (but no one turned away for lack of funds,) so go see them and confront them with Dusty's statistics.


  6. Claims are as easy as nothing. as I stand here I can claim that America is evil and Israel is an angle. you can say what you wan't to say in this world but it's not always truth.
    THE BLUE TRUTH that you call for should allow an international probe to go and reveal the truth. But the truth is, Israel is afraid of you remember Goldstone Gaza report??!!!

  7. I think it's becoming extremely obvious this flotilla never had "peaceful" intentions, and Israel has every right to defend themselves. I would like to invite you to check out my page, Prevent the IHH Flotilla Towards Gaza

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