Here we go again with hypocrisy and absurd.
Israel denies the fact that it is occupying Gaza. Nevertheless, it claims the right to control Gaza's territorial waters. So which is it: either you are an occupying power or you have no legal right to interfere. Oh wait, I forgot that when we use the word 'legal' in relation to Israel, we can not mean international law, we have to only mean what Israel deems as legal.
Great coverage of the hypocrisy and tensions surrounding the U.S.-flagged ship called 'The Audacity of Hope,' part of an international humanitarian flotilla carrying aid for Gaza:
Before anyone starts throwing in the anti-semitism accusations, I'll just say that I'm not going to bother trying to disprove such ridiculous statements that are predominantly used when the commentator has nothing else to say.
I have friends and good acquaintances of Jewish origin and do not support any discrimination towards anyone based on their nationality, gender etc.
What I would like to say is that I admire people who risk their lives (apparently so, as 9 activists were executed last year) to do the right thing.
I think risky deeds like this one are done with the thought "well, someone has got to do it". And avoided with an excuse "why me". Well, everyone is entitled to his or her own choice.
This is not Arabs and Jews issue. This is about the hundreds of thousands of people, the majority of whom are children, living in an open-air prison for the sheer crime of being born in the wrong place in the wrong time.
Here is a link to a more or less fresh (year old, but no drastic changes since then) report on the situation in Gaza
Not that Israel's apologists would take it into account, since it is an international organization critisizing Israel's policies, and all such organizations (even if they condemn Hamas as well) are automatically labeled biased and unworthy of trust.
Israel keeps stressing on its security needs, implying that in view of that the needs of Palestinians trapped in Gaza need to come second (de facto - be forgotten). In the result we have the population that suffers from both Israeli-imposed blockade and Hamas policies inside that prison.
It has been several years now, and it seems like Israel is prepared to maintain that seige forever. Even if there was no humanitarian crisis in Gaza, this is just plain wrong. You can't imprison the whole population because a small part of it poses a threat. This is not a solution, but Israel thinks it is.
The Israel/Palestine conflict has been a source of instability for decades now. None of the 'efforts' of the high officials were successful. Perhaps, in this case, the effective solution can only come to life with the pressure from ordinary people who are tired of watching the injustice and violence taking place in that region.
... and at this point I think to myself: "what about other places?" This is not the only conflict zone in the world. Just one of those I happen to know more about.