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August 17, 2010

A group of Canadians are planning a “Canada Boat Gaza” to attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza this fall.  Their plan is to drag the Canadian government into it by actually purchasing a boat.

  • Q: Will Israel confiscate the boat?

    A. There is a significant possibility that this will happen (in violation of international law). But we sail with the aim to reach Gaza’s shores. We are buying a boat as a strategy to further the campaign to end the siege of Gaza. If our Canadian boat is seized by Israel, the Canadian government will have a responsibility to press for its release.

I hope that the government simply refuses to get involved.  You can’t knowingly break a law in another country and then expect to be rescued.  Their goal is to be stopped and have the boat confiscated.  Make it so.

The activists should pre-book and pre-pay their return flights from Israel to Canada.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. muslima permalink
    August 19, 2010 1:58 pm

    “You can’t knowingly break a law in another country …” but you can blockade a people

    The UN, Human Rights Watch and many other international bodies and NGOs consider Israel to be the occupying power of the Gaza Strip as Israel controls Gaza’s airspace and territorial waters, and does not allow the movement or goods in or out of Gaza by air or sea

    So… to hell with international law…might is right…if Israel does it, its OK, if the Muslims do it, it is terrorism!!!

  2. Renshia permalink
    August 23, 2010 5:27 pm

    Well Being that were so nice and understanding. I think it would be a great time to make a point and sink a boat.

  3. Michele permalink*
    August 25, 2010 10:14 pm

    The blockade is to prevent weapons from entering Gaza and being used against Israel.

  4. muslima permalink
    August 26, 2010 3:16 am

    yeah right…in addition to food, medicines, etc.

    Israel has one of the strongest armies in the world and certainly THE strongest in the middle east!!! But ohhhhhhhhhh it needs protection from the rocks and stones that the Palestinians might throw at them!

  5. Michele permalink*
    August 26, 2010 1:06 pm

    Residents of Gaza fire missiles at Israel.

    And the blockade isn’t stopping the transport of necessary items into Gaza. Check the link — even piles of toys are available.

    “Among the goods for Gaza civilians were 810,209 liters of heavy duty diesel fuel; 21 truckloads of milk powder and baby food; 897 tons of cooking gas; 66 truckloads of fruits and vegetables; 51 truckloads of wheat; 27 truckloads of meat, chicken and fish products; 40 truckloads of dairy products; 117 truckloads of animal feed; 36 truckloads of hygiene products; 38 trucks of clothing; 22 trucks of sugar and 4 trucks of medicine and medical equipment.”

  6. muslima permalink
    August 27, 2010 10:49 am

    Aid agencies operating in Gaza say they have largely been able to continue to transport basic supplies such as flour and cooking oil into the territory.

    But the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation says 61% of Gazans are “food insecure”.

    According to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, Unrwa, 80% of Gazan households rely on some kind of food aid.

    Unrwa provides food aid for 750,000 people, half the population.

    Its food distribution has been suspended several times since June 2007 as a result of border closures or fuel shortages.

    Israel usually says crossings are closed for security reasons, pointing to occasions when Palestinian militants have attacked the crossings or fired barrages of rockets into Israel.

    Unrwa rations provide about two-thirds of dietary needs, and so need to be supplemented by dairy products, meat, fish and fresh fruit and vegetables. Some of these items are grown locally, some allowed in from Israel, and some smuggled in through tunnels under the Egypt-Gaza border.

    But with the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics estimating unemployment at 38.6% in early 2010, some Gazans cannot afford the basics, even if they are physically available.

    Unrwa says the number of Gazan that it helps who are unable to buy basic items such as soap, stationary and safe drinking water has tripled since 2007.

    A UN survey in 2008 found more than half Gaza’s households had sold their disposable assets and were relying on credit to buy food, three-quarters of Gazans were buying less food than in the past, and almost all were eating less fresh fruit, vegetables and animal protein to save money.

    The Israeli military operation in December and January 2009 disrupted food aid transfer and distribution significantly, as well as causing what the UN FAO estimates at $180m of damage to the agricultural sector.

    According to the World Health Organization, one third of children under five and women of childbearing age are anaemic.

    The World Health Organization says the blockade has led to a general “worsening of the health conditions of the population” and “accelerated the degeneration” of the health system.

  7. Michele permalink*
    August 27, 2010 6:54 pm

    Did you know that life expectancy is higher in Gaza than in Turkey and infant mortality is lower?

    If Hamas would stop lobbing missiles into Israel, the blockade could end.

  8. crazybengal permalink*
    August 27, 2010 8:08 pm

    Maybe all the “palestinians” in Gaza should be moved to other muslim countries and settled at the rich arab nation’s expense and thus save all the pathetic people of Gaza. I mean, Israel moves Jews to Israel. Really, even if the blockade were ended and the palis stopped exploding themselves, will they ever be anything better than they are now? A tribal, primitive, backward culture obsessed with hatred of Jews. Jews, the great scapegoat that prevents the people of gaza from getting a life and moving on. Work, grow food, educate the children and stop complaining. “Oh look, the Israelis left us their greenhouses! Burn them!!” Idiots.

  9. muslima permalink
    August 28, 2010 2:20 pm

    None of God’s blessings in the life of this world are unconditional. It is only as long as a nation fulfills its part of the covenant that God allows the nation to prosper and enjoy His extra-ordinary blessings in this world. Thus, the Jews, because of their transgressions, were deprived of the possession of Palestine even before the advent of the Christ (pbuh).

  10. Michele permalink*
    August 28, 2010 7:02 pm

    Given the standard of living in many Muslim countries, they must have really pissed off “Allah”.

  11. Michele permalink*
    August 28, 2010 7:07 pm

    Muslima: If you’re copying someone else’s words, as you did in your last comment, you have to put quotes around the statement. How did I know that you didn’t write it? Correct punctuation and grammar.

  12. muslima permalink
    August 29, 2010 2:36 am

    michele: use your eyes and your brain for once…i gave the link…if i wanted you to to think that i wrote that i wouldn’t have given you the link…duh!!!!!

  13. muslima permalink
    August 29, 2010 2:46 am

    Talking of grammar michele, this from the guy your fellow americans elected their president, not once but twice:
    “Well, I think if you say you’re going to do something and don’t do it, that’s trustworthiness.”
    “Will the highways on the Internet become more few?”
    “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”
    The list is endless, my excuse is that English is not my mother tongues, WHAT IS HIS?

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