woensdag 27 augustus 2008

Arabische Liga prijst 'Free Gaza' boot-activisten

"Veel Gazanen werd met de komst van de bootjes een hart onder de riem gestoken", schreef ik eerder. Ik las later dat veel mensen die de boten gingen verwelkomen weer teleurgesteld afdropen, omdat de activisten nauwelijks etenswaar meebrachten. De 200 hoorapparaten hadden natuurlijk makkelijk per luchtpost naar Gaza verstuurd kunnen worden. Wat overblijft zijn een stapel balonnen - leuk voor de kinderen - en goede bedoelingen, hoewel die niet bij alle deelnemers als even goed te kwalificeren zijn. Ik heb nog steeds geen kritiek van de activisten vernomen op hun gastheren van Hamas?
De activisten zouden naar verluid een paar weken in Gaza willen blijven om daar de handen uit de mouwen te steken, maar mij dunkt dat het enige waaraan in Gaza geen gebrek is, handen zijn. Of ben ik nu te negatief?

Praise for supporters of Hamas from Arab League

The "humanitarians" who broke the siege did so in support of the illegal rule of the genocidal Hamas.
This minor detail is neglected in news reports. Likewise neglected is the detail that the EU, the United States and Egypt evidently support the "siege" which is only designed to prevent the infiltration of arms and terrorists. If Egypt did not support the so-called siege, they could open the Rafah crossings, and if the EU wanted to break the siege, they would not have withdrawn their monitors after Hamas seized power by brute force in Gaza. Since the boats are carrying Israeli citizens who broke Israeli law, Israel evidently has the right to stop and search them on the high seas.
Ami Isseroff
Last update - 15:26 24/08/2008       
Arab League chief praises activists who challenged Gaza siege
By Barak Ravid
Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa on Sunday praised pro-Palestinian peace activists who sailed from Cyprus and successfully broke through an Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip.
"These Palestinian supporters who have endured hardship to deliver their message to the world and to express their objection to the harsh siege on Gaza deserve every support and appreciation," Mussa said in a statement.
Despite an Israel Defense Forces plan to halt boats bearing left-wing activists on their way to Gaza, the government decided to permit the boats to reach Gaza shores in order to avoid a public relations disaster.
Senior political sources in Jerusalem said that the fact that Israel allowed the boats to reach Gaza "took the wind out of the sails of the left-wing activists who were seeking to create a provocation."
Several discussions were held last week on this matter. At the time, the IDF raised the idea of forcibly preventing the boats from reaching Gaza. The army officers suggested stopping the boats at sea and towing them to the Ashdod port for inspection, where the activists on board would be detained for interrogation.
However, after further consultation, it was decided on Friday to avoid a confrontation and to allow the boats to reach the Gaza Strip. In the wake of that decision, urgent directives were sent to Israel's embassies around the world regarding the stance they should take concerning this event.
"These are professional provocateurs and we did not want to cooperate with that on the open seas," a senior political source in Jerusalem said. "Instead of letting the entire international press obsess about this for a week, the boats received almost no coverage, simply because there was no confrontation."
Haaretz has learned that before the boats sailed, Israel attempted dialogue with the organizers. After the activists said their goal was to bring medical equipment to Gaza, the Foreign Ministry sent them a letter offering to help transfer the humanitarian aid if the boats would not sail.
Discussions will be held in the next few days on whether to stop the boats for inspection once they leave Gaza. Israeli officials are worried they might be used to smuggle wanted Palestinians out of the coastal strip. "They've got a reputation for protecting terrorists and acting as human shields," the political source said.

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