A group of Jewish activists in Germany are preparing to send an aid ship to the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli-imposed blockade for three years.
The group, which is the German branch of the European Jews for a Just Peace, plans to send the aid ship by the end of July.
"We want to break the Gaza occupation and end the occupation of the West Bank as well... we as Jews want to bring the Palestinians something other than bombs," Kate Katzenstein-Leiterer, a member of the executive committee of the group, said on Thursday.
The ship will be carrying school supplies, musical instruments, children's clothing and other children items that Israel has forbidden, such as sweets and chocolates, Spiegel Online reported.
About 16 people will be onboard the vessel. However, a lot of activists form around the world are sending requests to join the group, including some volunteers from Israel, Katzenstein-Leiterer said.
European Jews for a Just Peace has been collecting funds for the aid ship since 2008.
After Israel's bloody assault on the Freedom Flotilla on May 31, interest in the project has increased and donations have been flooding to the group, Katzenstein-Leiterer said.
Edith Lutz, another member the European Jews for a Just Peace, said that the group was in contact with Israeli officials.
"We are in contact with the Israeli government and the embassy in Berlin. We informed them a while ago," she was quoted by AFP as saying.
However, the group is concern over the possibility of an Israeli attack on the ship.
Israel has put Gaza Strip under all-out blockade, preventing international aid groups from entering the region.
On May 31, the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, which was carrying food and medical supplies to Gaza, came under fire early in the morning by Israeli navy forces in international waters.
Twenty international activists were killed in the deadly assault and 50 others were injured in the incident.
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
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Interesting quote that could be described as "Jews falling for their own propaganda" if it is to be believed:
"Most of the students, in other words, were liberals, broadly defined. They had imbibed some of the defining values of American Jewish political culture: a belief in open debate, a skepticism about military force, a commitment to human rights. And in their innocence, they did not realize that they were supposed to shed those values when it came to Israel. "
Particularly consider the implications of that last sentence!
Way off topic,
As you probably know Lee, US Geologists have found gold plus other minerals in Afghanistan.
Which begs the question, who sponsored this geological survey of a foreign country?
Didn't take more than a few seconds to find that info Lee.
"A USAID-USGS PASA agreement was signed on September 3, 2004. This PASA initiates the first 6 months of a proposed USGS 5-year program in natural resources/hazards assessment for Afghanistan and is part of the Afghanistan Reconstruction Program."
wouldn't you just love to give Iran free rein to ship large missiles into Gaza. Ain't going to happen Mr. Muslim blogger. You just keep trying to divert people from their real enemy, radical islam, to jew hatred. up yours.
While an interesting story it doesn't count for much, when I see mass support to the point that the US has to change its ways (yes the US could solve this in less than an hour!) then I might take more notice of almost meaningless (in a wider context) guestures from insignificant groups.
The significance of this guesture we would hope would carry into the mainstreme with impact, but other than a quick piece of propaganda I doubt that it will make any difference, certainly not worth a post at this stage on a nationalist blog that seems more intent to contine some point scoring feud than deal with the big picture.
You over emhasise your blog to certain issues to the point that makes it dishonest and trivial, it leads nowhere, a dog chsing ts own tail, just deal with the facts and the cold hard reality.
Stop looking for strawman stories to prop up your feud or over compensation, it undermines what would otherwise be a thought provoking and seriously intellectual and hard hitting blog.
I am amazed that the post didn't start with the now famous Barnes opener of SF Nutzis etc, that is how crass and predictable this is getting.
Leaders - lead and the rest takes care of itself, keep looking over your shoulder into the insignificant shadows and you will lead knowhere.
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