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Jewish Sailors Confront Us with Reality:
Official Statement of Jewish Boat to Gaza
Gush Shalom, September 27, 2010
Gush Shalom supports Jewish Peace Boat. "We applaud the courage of the
Jewish peace activists, working to end the Gaza Siege and get for its
inhabitants the natural right to come and go, like everywhere else in the
The Jewish Peace Boat, sailing today from Cyprus in the
direction of Gaza, is a reminder of the isolation which we in Israel bring
upon ourselves. A country bound upon conquest and occupation, whose
government is hostage to extremist settlers, is increasingly losing also
the support of world Jewry.
Gush Shalom, the Israeli Peace Bloc, applauds the courage of the Jewish
peace activists who confront us with this reality, and who work to end the
siege of Gaza and secure for its citizens the natural right to come and
go, like everyone elsewhere in the world.
A sane Israeli government would allow the boat to get to its
destination without hinderance. Nobody could possibly argue that the
arrival of ten peace activists in Gaza could in any way endanger Israel's
Contact: Adam Keller, Gush Shalom Spokesperson, 03-5565804
Jewish Boat to Gaza
sets sail from Cyprus
A boat carrying aid for Gaza's
population and organized by Jewish groups worldwide has set sail from
Cyprus today at 13.32 local time.
The boat, Irene, is sailing
under a British flag and is carrying ten passengers and crew, including
Jews from the US, the UK, Germany and Israel as well as an Israeli
The boat's cargo includes symbolic aid in the form of
children's toys and musical instruments, textbooks, fishing nets for
Gaza's fishing communities and prosthetic limbs for orthopaedic medical
care in Gaza's hospitals.
The receiving organization in Gaza is
the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, directed by Gaza psychiatrist
Dr. Eyad Sarraj.
The boat will attempt to reach the coast of Gaza
and unload its aid cargo in a nonviolent, symbolic act of solidarity and
protest - and call for the siege to be lifted to enable free passage of
goods and people to and from the Gaza Strip.
The boat will fly
multicolored peace flags carrying the names of dozens of Jews who have
expressed their support for this action, as a symbol of the widespread
support for the boat by Jews worldwide.
Speaking from London, a
member of the organizing group, Richard Kuper of Jews for Justice for
Palestinians, said today that the Jewish Boat to Gaza is a symbolic act of
protest against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and
the siege of Gaza, and a message of solidarity to Palestinians and
Israelis who seek peace and justice.
'Israeli government policies
are not supported by all Jews,' said Kuper. 'We call on all governments
and people around the world to speak and act against the occupation and
Regarding the threat of interception by the Israeli
navy, Kuper said 'This is a nonviolent action. We aim to reach Gaza, but
our activists will not engage in any physical confrontation and will
therefore not present the Israelis with any reason or excuse to use
physical force or assault them.'
Passenger Reuven Moskovitz, 82,
said that his life's mission has been to turn foes into friends. "We are
two peoples, but we have one future", he said.
Satellite phone on
board for contact to the passengers: 00 8821668610337
Contact in London for interviewing the Boat's organizers: Yosh, 0044 7816
Media Contact in Israel: JNews
and crew for interview:
Reuven Moskovitz, from Israel, is
a founding member of the Jewish-Arab village Neve Shalom (Oasis of Peace)
and a holocaust survivor. Speaks German, Hebrew and English.
Elhanan, from Israel, lost his daughter Smadar to a suicide bombing in
1997 and is a founding member of the Bereaved Families Circle of Israelis
and Palestinians who lost their loved ones to the conflict. Speaks Hebrew
Lilian Rosengarten, from the US, is a peace activist
and psychotherapist. She was a refugee from Nazi Germany. Speaks English
Yonatan Shapira, from Israel, is an ex-IDF pilot and
now an activist for Combatants for Peace. Speaks Hebrew and English.
Glyn Secker, from the UK, is the boat's captain and a member of Jews for
Justice for Palestinians. Speaks English.
Dr. Edith Lutz, from
Germany, is a peace activist and a nurse. She was on the first boat to
Gaza in 2008. Speaks German and English.
Alison Prager, from the
UK, is a teacher and peace activist. She is media coordinator for the
boat. Speaks English.
Itamar Shapira, from Israel, is Yonatan's
brother, and a member of the boat's crew. Speaks Hebrew, Spanish and
Eli Osherov, Israeli reporter from Israel Channel
Supporters: Jewish organizations and individuals from UK,
Holland, Germany, US, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, France,
Austria, Australia and Israel.
Organizers and sponsors: European
Jews for a Just Peace, Jews for Justice for Palestinians (UK), Juedische
Stimme fuer einen gerechten Frieden in Nahost (Germany), American Jews for
a Just Peace (USA), Jewish Voice for Peace (USA), Jews Against the
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