Yesterday was one of the most intense days in my life. News was and still is flooding from almost everywhere– Twitter, Facebook and TV– with conflicting reports about the condition of Sheikh Raed Salah. The chaos and conflicting reports put me in a state of disbelieve of what was happening. Worldwide reaction has been mostly shock and anger, and here in Gaza we have a firsthand experience of what the Israel is capable of . In a piece by Robert Fisks, he writes,
“how did we get to this point? Maybe because we all grew used to seeing the Israelis kill Arabs, maybe the Israelis grew used to killing Arabs. Now they kill Turks. Or Europeans. Something has changed in the Middle East these past 24 hours – and the Israelis (given their extraordinarily stupid political response to the slaughter) don’t seem to have grasped what has happened. The world is tired of these outrages”
Words were coming from my heartless mind and my mindless heart while I was reading and watching the news about the Freedom Flotilla. I was very angry and very shocked. But one may wonder why the Palestinians in Gaza were shocked since we experience the dire treatment of the Occupation on daily basis, it is so much like what Robert Fisk wrote: now its is not the Palestinians who were being killed, it is foreign activists. And it is happening in the high seas –in the international waters. A stark violation of the international law which Israel knows nothing about except ignoring it and getting away with it.
Israel outdid its audacity, but what was unexpectedly absurd is the Israeli PR campaign. The justifications of why Israel conducted hostility against the civilians on board were merely empty words, lies, that Israel is selling to the mainstream media around the world. They say that the Israeli commandos were met by “deadly resistance” and the IDF was going to prove it. Later, a video was released by the IDF on Youtube showing slingshots and marbles.
Again, Gaza is put under the spotlight, and as usual for unfortunate events. The martyrdom of those activists happened for the sake of breaking the illegal siege imposed on Gaza.
Though the tonnes of aid being delivered is not enough to alleviate Gaza’s pains nor could it end the years of seige alone, but it carried a strong needed message: the seige must be lifted.
The significance of the convoy lies in showing the Palestinians in Gaza that they are not alone, that there are people who would cross the seas and risk their lives to show you, Gazans, solidarity.
The sense of solidarity is what Gazans have been looking forward to seeing on its shores. The sense that breaking the siege is by breaking the barriers that separate us as humans. The Flotilla in no way has failed to deliver its message, the blood of those who died is the most precious sacrifice they can ever give to a just cause. We are deeply saddened by their deaths, and honoured to be the recipients of their struggle.
One may see in The speech of the Turkish PM Recep Tayib Ordogan an articulation to what most of the world is feeling; anger and condemnation to the Israeli brazen action. During that speech we were surprised by breaking news saying that Egypt is opening its borders with Gaza uncotionadionally. . This raises the question, “is this the beginning of the end of the siege on Gaza?” It’s too early to judge as the circumstances are moving at a rapid change. But I am not holding my breath.
Israel now knows that if the politicians are silent , it is left for the people to voice their resentment.
In the end of the day , there is nothing I can say or do to help those who are being deported or detained and probably dehumanized, nothing but prayers and words of gratitude. Thank you and God bless you.
In the Occupied territories, a one day strike on Israel is being imposed by the Palestinians, along with three days of mourning for the martyrs.
This is not the end of the convoys to Gaza, as Israel wishes. I am certain that more convoys will be even more determined to come to Gaza. Because As long as there is oppression in Palestine, there will be humans with conscience trying to remove it. No justice, no peace.
I am trying to keep up with the latest updates on the Flotilla on Twitter.