You probably won’t have noticed, there’s been no press, but this week a small boat with nine Jews left Cyprus to try to break the “siege of Gaza”.
Why anyone would risk their lives doing this after what happened on the Mavi Marmara is beyond me, especially after Israel recently agreed to lift restrictions on goods entering the Gaza Strip.
The Irene‘s cargo included what was termed “symbolic aid” and included toys, musical instruments, textbooks, fishing nets and prosthetic limbs.
Richard Kuper, of Jews for Justice for Palestinians, said 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.
Here is all the information, and more, you need to know about the Jewish boat to Gaza.
(Jewish Boat to Gaza takes me back to Night Boat to Cairo by Madness.)
The “Jewish boat” left Cyprus at 13.32 local time on sunday.
On tuesday the boat was boarded by the Israeli navy and taken to Ashdod port.
Again, Richard Kuper: “This boat and its fate are a symbol of the chances for peace in the region. The way it is being treated by Israeli authorities indicates that they have no real intentions of reaching peace.”
He then called on worldwide support for the boat.
By wednesday, Glyn Secker, Irene’s captain, was on his way back on EL AL flight LY315 and arrived at 13.35 at Heathrow airport.
At Heathrow the “worldwide support” that showed up to greet Mr Secker consisted of eight people from Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (JBIG).
And making him fly EL AL? Someone in the Israeli authorities has a sense of humour.
Surely, they could have saved Mr Secker some face and put him on a British Airways or an Easyjet flight.
I can imagine his clenched fists on the flight home.
But then again it may have allowed Mr Secker to reconnect with his Jewishness in a more positive way.
When the kosher meal came did he choose chicken or beef?
There is no problem with Jews not expressing any form of Jewishness or with them protesting Israeli policy.
But the average Jewish anti-Israel activist only seems to employ his or her Jewishness destructively; by tearing down Israel in toto.
There are a plethora of anti-Israel organisations that all use the prefix “Jews” or “Jewish”.
Surely, in the fight for peace and jusice one’s religion is irrelevant. We all want peace and justice whether Jew, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, atheist etc.
Anyway, I hope that EL AL gave Mr. Secker bonus air miles so he can fly them again soon.