The flotilla incident and its violence are fresh in memory. I understand that the activists were protesting, which is a valid manner in which to draw attention to the issue. However, this sounds a bit like hand-me-downs:
On board are 10 left-wing Jewish activists, including a Holocaust survivor and a man whose daughter was killed in a Hamas suicide bombing in 1997. Organisers say they are bringing “symbolic aid” to Palestinians in Gaza — textbooks, prosthetic limbs, toys, musical instruments and fishing nets.
Just look at the way in which some of the activists have been described.
- A Holocaust survivor – Read: man who knows about suffering. The Nazis and the Israelis are not comparable, from the historical as well as the ideological perspective.
- A man who lost his daughter to a Hamas bombing – Read: despite this, he is sympathetic to the Palestinian cause.
They are all left-wing, which immediately gives them a political nuance, and the ship was flying the British flag, which is neither here nor there…actually it is if we go back to the Balfour Declaration!
Do Palestinians need symbolic aid? It benefits mostly the givers, not even at the level of guilt but as symbolism. Palestinians have earlier said that what they need is building material for razed constructions. They have hospitals. Let us not forget we are talking about educated people.
Where the heck will they fish with those nets? And what toys? Do we recall that picture of a young boy playing with a donkey painted with black and white stripes because he has never seen a zebra in his life and may never do so?