Ein Schiff für Gaza – 28. Mai

Die Schiffe sind auf dem Mittelmeer unterwegs. Von beiden Seiten wird viel geschrieben, ich erhalte nun per Twitter ungefragt israelische Propaganda über die völlig ausreichende Versorgung der Bevölkerung in Gaza. Etliches davon findet sich auch in anderen blogs – die UN, wie in meinem vorigen Beitrag zitiert, sieht es anders.

Ein paar Schlaglichter:

Time:

The problem facing the Israeli p.r. effort is that few neutrals are likely to accept Israel’s bona fides as a champion of the welfare of ordinary Gazans. Not after a three-year siege whose goal has been to squeeze the civilian population in hopes that it would overthrow Hamas — and a January 2009 military operation in response to Palestinian rocket fire that left more than 1,200 Palestinians dead, many of them civilians. Then there’s the fact that international humanitarian organizations tasked with sustaining Gaza’s civilian population are saying that while Israel allows in humanitarian supplies, those fall far short of the needs. The U.N. welfare agency UNWRA reports that the number of Gazans dependent on food aid trebled in 2009 to 300,000 — 1 in every 5 people living in the territory. The World Health Organization reports that there are shortages of essential medicines and that chronic malnutrition has reached 10%.

RTÉ news:

The Israel foreign ministry said it has summoned the ambassadors of Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Sweden and Ireland – the countries from which the ships set sail – and warned them that Israel had issued warrants that prohibit the entrance of the vessels to Gaza.

An Israeli government spokesperson said: ‚If they were really interested in the well-being of the people of Gaza, they would have accepted the offers of Egypt or Israel to transfer humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

‚Instead they have chosen a cheap political stunt.‘

Israel says it will divert the ships to the southern Israeli port of Ashdod, where it will detain the activists before deporting them.

Part of the port has been cordoned off and prepared to deal with the activists.

Chemical toilets have been set-up as well as large, air-conditioned tents housing immigration booths and areas for people to be searched.

In diesem letzten Artikel sind einige bemerkenswerte Informationen enthalten.

Nicht nur, dass Israel meint, diplomatischen Druck ausüben zu können und damit hofft, andere Staaten dazu zu bringen, ihre Staatsbürger an der Einreise nach Gaza zu hindern, dabei aber völlig übersieht, dass diese Einreise über internationale Gewässer erfolgt und Israel keinerlei Recht hat, dies zu unterbinden.

Auch die Idee, die Hilfsgüter über Israel anzuliefern, ist geradezu perfide: der Grund für die Flotte liegt ja auch darin, dass es sich um Güter handelt, die Israel nicht ins Land lassen will – wie z.B. Zement. Die Begründung dafür i.Ü. ist klassisch: die Hamas könnte ihn zum Bau von Bunkern verwenden – aha. Sind Bunker Angriffswaffen?

Über die Vorbereitungen zur Inhaftierung der Reisenden braucht man ja kaum mehr zu sagen. Über Teilnehmer der Fahrt hat gulfnews berichtet, diesmal über die nicht so prominenten:

Antalya, Turkey: Many of the activists and campaigners on the Freedom Flotilla have been to Gaza and Palestine before, but the campaign offers a unique opportunity for many others to see Palestine for the first and possibly the only time.

Mohammad Abu Ahmad is a 78-year-old Turk. He has been sleeping in a sports hall specially arranged by the flotilla organisers for the participants. While most participants spend their days lazing around their sleeping bags, sitting on the floor and going outside to eat, Mohammad sits in a chair on one side of the hall all day.

People pass by him to pay their respects, journalists visit his corner to interview him while he sits on his chair, smiling, with both his hands resting on his walking sticks.

“I feel like my going to Gaza is a response to a calling from the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). It’s my duty as a Muslim to relieve the people of Gaza from their suffering. I have to do this,” he said.

His children and grandchildren have been supportive of his participation in the campaign. “In fact, they are happy that I’m doing this,” he said.
The organisers have been strict in accepting people above the age of 50, but Mohammad is one of the few lucky ones to get through. “I’m going to do this, even if I die doing it. I have to get in to Gaza,” he said.

Und mehr hier:

Asked if she fears reprisals in Israel for going to Gaza, Knesset member Haneen says she is not scared.

„The Knesset can lift my parliamentary immunity in 48 hours. They have already started accusing me of treachery. I will probably be detained with the rest and perhaps give them moral support.“

Lubna, too, says she is prepared. She believes should Israel detain the passengers on the Freedom Flotilla, the foreigners will be deported quickly but it is the Israeli citizens who will remain in prison, then continuously be harassed by the authorities.

„Israel makes you feel inferior as an Arab; as if you’re worth nothing… I may be arrested, I may be attacked and I may die in trying to go to Gaza, but I’m ready to pay the price. There is no freedom without a price“.

Es gibt noch sehr viel mehr, für die, die es lesen wollen.

Ergänzung: bei der Durchsicht der deutschen Presse fand ich einen guten Artikel in der FR, und WELT online schreibt hemmungslos alles ab, was Israel zu bieten hat. Inklusive der Behauptung, man habe sich geweigert, etwas für Shalit zu tun. Tatsache ist, dass die Bitte sehr spät kam und auf die Antwort keine weitere Reaktion erfolgte. Tut mir leid für seine Familie, aber da hat wohl jemand geschlampt. Ebenso wie die WELT bei der Recherche – falls denn recherchiert wurde.

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