Posted by: Lister | October 29, 2008

Another boat reaches Gaza

Israel had said it would stop this boat. And Egypt did stop a boat intending to travel from Alexandria to Gaza. From Haaretz:

The 27 passengers include Mairead McGuire, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in Northern Ireland. The protesters – who also include Italians, Israelis, Palestinians and Americans – are scheduled to remain in Gaza for four days.

The BBC also reported the event:

The ship, named Dignity, arrived at 0800 (0600 GMT) on Wednesday, after sailing from Cyprus overnight.

No attempt was made to stop the boat, despite initial Israeli warnings.

[…] The vessel’s crew includes Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Palestinian parliamentarian Mustafa Barghouthi and left-wing Israeli activist Gideon Spiro.



  1. Israel doesn’t bother what’s going on in Gaza for now, since Israel full withdrawal from that place. The Israeli boycotting of the sea is not intending to boycott protesters or legal shipping of consuming products. The problem with the Palestinian Arabs is that they are trying to sniff explosives and ammunition into Gasa, and Israel is there to watch and catch.
    The Hammas is a terror group that doesn’t accept the right of the Jews to have their own national state in Palestine (bye the way, Palestine is not an Arabic name but a Roman one which is sourced in the Hebrew verse of the name: Pleshet = Palestine, Plishtim = Philistins = Palestinians). As long as the Palestinian Arabs won’t accept the Palestinian Jews rights, there will be no peace between them.

  2. Israel also keeps students from going abroad to study. And it decides who can and cannot go abroad for medical treatment. And, in 2006:

    Israel’s policy was summed up by Dov Weisglass, an adviser to Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Prime Minister, earlier this year. ‘The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger,’ he said. The hunger pangs are supposed to encourage the Palestinians to force Hamas to change its attitude towards Israel or force Hamas out of government.

    Collective punishment of civilians to achieve political aims is terrorism.

    As for Hamas, they are willing to accept a two-state solution. CNN, 2006:

    The new Hamas-led Palestinian government is prepared to engage in “serious and constructive dialogue” to reach a “just and comprehensive solution” of its differences with Israel, the new Palestinian foreign minister said Tuesday.

    In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Mahmoud Zahar even mentioned the possibility of a “two-state” solution in which Palestinians have “freedom and independence side by side with our neighbors” — despite Hamas’ long-standing vow to eradicate Israel.

    And here’s Meshal this year, Haaretz:

    Hamas supports the united Palestinian position calling for the establishment of a fully sovereign Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, including Jerusalem, and the right of return for refugees, Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshal told the Palestinian daily Al-Ayam.

    In a special interview with Wednesday’s edition of the paper, Meshal said the Palestinian position had received a vote of consensus during the national accords of 2006 and that this position is considered acceptable to the Arab world at large.

    And the situation regarding Palestinian identity is worse than you think — their roots in the middle east are deep.

    Wiki gives the origin of the word as Greek. Wiki also has a section on ancestral origins. You may want to read one of their sources: Jews and Arabs Share Recent Ancestry:

    More than 70% of Jewish men and half of the Arab men whose DNA was studied inherited their Y chromosomes from the same paternal ancestors who lived in the region within the last few thousand years.

    […] And in a recent study of 1371 men from around the world, geneticist Michael Hammer from the University of Arizona in Tucson found that the Y chromosome in Middle Eastern Arabs was almost indistinguishable from that of Jews.

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