Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

Following the Flotilla on Twitter

July 4, 2011 10:38 am 0 comments

Men gather at a new Gaza theme park. Photo: Ahmed El Quarra.

For about a week now I have been obsessively following the latest news on the Gaza-bound flotilla via my twitter account (see @jewofzion).  Everything one could possibly want to know about this so-called humanitarian mission to Gaza can be found using hash tags – flotilla, flotilla2 or other similar combinations. Not only have I been following the exchange of information between those who support the flotilla and those that oppose it, but I have been actively contributing my two cents to the debate as well.

While it seems on the surface that the pro-flotilla voices are louder in making their case heard, as Herb Keinon pointed out in the July 4th, Jerusalem Post, this year’s spectacle as of this writing is a victory for Israel. As he notes, the warming of ties between Greece and Israel over the past year (most likely because of the cooling in ties between Israel and Turkey, Greece’s long time foe), has all but put the kibosh on flotilla organizer’s efforts to sail from Greek ports towards Gaza. While some vessels might eventually succeed in leaving port and heading for Gaza, reports indicate that only a few hundred so-called activists remain committed to their mission.

But the real question remains, what is the true goal of these apparently saintly European protestors? While claiming an altruistic desire to deliver ‘much needed’ humanitarian supplies to Gaza’s needy, the truth is becoming more and more clear: this flotilla like the one before it has nothing to do with helping the people of Gaza, but is a means to end Israel’s legitimate and legal blockade of the Hamas-controlled landmass while creating an anti-Israel propagandist media stunt, which in turn will strengthen the incumbent regime.

Just yesterday (July 3) one of the flotilla organizers blundered by revealing her group’s true intentions. In reference to a Greek proposal offering to assist in delivering whatever humanitarian goods are on board (the proposal was later rejected by organizers), as long as the ships didn’t set sail, Ewa Jasiewicz said, “It is possible that this is under consideration but…that is not considered breaking the siege…” “We want to break the siege and the flotilla is not about expanding the drip of humanitarian aid to Gaza.”

In other words, Jasiewicz was clear that their mission is not about delivering humanitarian aid. And by the way while she calls aid to Gaza a “drip,” according to the IDF spokesman’s office, Israel transfers over 6,000 tons of goods and materials to Gaza DAILY. That’s double the amount estimated to be on board the flotilla. Then again, if this year’s shipment is similar to last year’s boats full of expired medicine, is that 3,000 tons worth anything at all?

So while the flotilla twitter feeds are written with passion, both for and against, there are several relevant questions that those who support the flotillas have failed to answer, at least when I’ve asked repeatedly. What do the Arabs in Gaza want?  Are they in favor of your flotillas, or are you just rocking the boat (excuse the pun)?

Those are questions that I have asked publicly to the residents of Gaza on Twitter, and I have yet to get a response. Perhaps those in Gaza are afraid to respond since let’s remember they do live under the terrorist Hamas regime. But it seems that their silence is deafening. In other words, the fact that you don’t hear Gazans jumping up and down encouraging the flotillas proves that they would prefer that they don’t show up.

To be fair, I did see about 30 children in Gaza photographed on the beach showing their support for the ships, but this is way too obviously a Hamas publicity stunt to be taken seriously.

I truly believe that the residents of Gaza are hoping that the flotillas don’t arrive. While life under Hamas rule is far from perfect, as this point in time with malls and water parks opening up, stores packed with food (did you know you can get three different kinds of chicken in Gaza? Israeli, Egyptian or local?) and many new infrastructure projects in the works (Israel also allows concrete to be imported for authorized building projects, something the main stream media and of course the flotilla organizers, omit), why risk a change to the status quo?

One day I fear that Hamas will decide to start launching rockets at Israel again, when it best suits their needs, and things might change for Gaza’s folks. Things tend to worsen, when your elected officials decide to use you, their constituents, as human shields, but until that happens, it’s best for everyone if the Flotilla organizers simply jump ship.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Features World Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Tour operators are calling attention to Jamaica’s little-known Jewish heritage by arranging visits to historic Jewish sites on the Caribbean island, including a cemetery where Jewish pirates are buried. A report in Travel and Leisure magazine describes the Hunts Bay Cemetery in Kingston, where there are seven tombstones engraved with Hebrew benedictions and skull and crossbones insignia. According to the report, centuries ago, Jewish pirates sailed the waters of Jamaica and settled in Port Royal. The town, once known as “the wickedest city in the […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Telling Israel’s story. It’s the specific title of a short film that Eyal Resh created last year. It’s also the theme behind the 27-year-old Israeli filmmaker’s broader body of work. The widely viewed “Telling Israel’s Story” film—directed by Resh for a gala event hosted by the Times of Israel online news outlet—seemingly begins as a promotional tourism video, but quickly evolves to offer a multilayered perspective. “I want to tell you a story about a special place for me,” a young woman whispers […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Features Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    JNS.org – The entrance to Jerusalem’s Sacher Park was transformed from April 25-27 by a fire-breathing robotic dragon, which flailed its arms and attempted to take flight. The robot, a signature feature at Jerusalem’s first-ever “Geek Picnic,” was one of more than 150 scientific amusements available for the public to experience. This particular dragon was designed by students from Moscow’s Art Industrial Institute in conjunction with the Flacon design factory, said Anatasia Shaminer, a student who helped facilitate the display. Children […]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

    Read more →
  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

    Read more →