Jews Sail To Aid Gaza

People in the Muslim world are often quick to believe in sinister Jewish plots that seek to control the world since to many, there is an entity known as “Jews.” No such entity exists anymore than a “Muslim” world is present in our lives. Within each group of humans, there are differing views and factions. A boat named, Irene, will carry activists from Europe and Israel from Turkish Cyprus toward Gaza in defiance of an Israel blockade. Reuven Moskowitz, a Holocaust survivor,(the one President Ahmadinejad claims never occurred) said he was duty bound to attempt the voyage even at age 82. “It is a sacred duty for me, as a (Holocaust) survivor, to protest against the persecution, the oppression and the imprisonment of so many people in Gaza, including more than 800,000 children.” Members of the party have promised not to physically respond to any Israel action. What does this journey tell the world? It makes clear there are many Jews who disagree with actions of the Netanyahu government in relation to the blockade of Gaza and refusal to halt settlement construction.

I wonder how the Israel government will explain the presence of Holocaust survivors in those fighting for the rights of Gazans.

  • journeyer58

    Fred, sorry to tell you, but the Israeli government will say that these holocaust survivors are aged and senile and that they were duped into believing that Israel is the cause of the Palestinians’ troubles.
    That said, it is high time that the survivors of the holocaust and others start speaking out for the Palestinian people and those the Israeli government are holding hostage in abhorrent conditions. People are people no matter what religion and creed that they follow, for we are all one.
    The Israeli government has not kept up with the idea that they too will be held accountable for their actions, they believe they have impunity regarding their decisions to maim and kill Palestinians and that they will be exonerated in the end. Sorry, but if you follow someone who is leading you off a cliff towards your destruction, you will feel the effects of that destruction.

  • Matt

    I think you’re being a little black and white here. It is possible to take a variety of stances on the blockade and the fight against it. I know this is possible because I’ve seen it.

    Personally, I would suggest that there are real problems with non-Jews trying to promote Jews who they find acceptable, much as there are real problems with the Republican attitudes toward Clarence Thomas or Michael Steele. That Thomas is opposed to affirmative action does not mean that statements about affirmative action can’t be racist. And I would suggest that many Jews may feel pushed to one side out of fear that they will be perceived as “one of those Jews.” The presence of Holocaust survivors on these ships should not, but already has been used as an excuse for antisemitism, because, “How can it be antisemitism if there are Holocaust survivors vaguely involved in something almost like saying that Jews are evil?” I see that as a relatively large problem, because, well, I’ve seen it.