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This Year, the Flotilla Will Be Live-Blogged

American ‘The Audacity of Hope’ to set sail Saturday

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A rally last month in Gaza marking the one-year anniversary of the flotilla.(Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

One of the ten boats in this year’s flotilla, which plans to sail from Athens Saturday and attempt to run Israel’s Gaza blockade, is called The Audacity of Hope (cheeky!), and will fly an American flag and carry 36 American citizens, approximately one-quarter of whom are Jewish. It will also carry four crewmembers and nine journalists, who surely kicked themselves last year for, er, missing the boat on the big news that happened.

Journalist Joseph Dana, a recent Tablet Magazine contributor, reports from Athens that The Audacity of Hope will be the largest of the 10 ships (especially since the famed Mavi Marmara will not unmoor, due to the Turkish group IHH’s decision not to participate again), and that among its passengers will be novelist Alice Walker, Holocaust survivor-cum-activist Heddy Epstein, and the founder of CODEPINK; the ship’s cargo is limited to 3000 letters written by Americans to Gaza Palestinians, he says. Additionally, one of those American Jews offers an apologia (“Operation Cast Lead and the Goldstone Report were the catalysts,” she writes).

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Why Am I on the Gaza Boat? Because History Commands Me [Mondoweiss]
Letter from Athens: A City in Chaos [+972]
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Frayed Knot says:

Wow, I’m sure that’s what the Gazans are truly pining for – letters written by a bunch of self-righteous, cowardly Americans, delivered by a bunch of self-righteous, American, attention whores.

“the ship’s cargo is limited to 3000 letters written by Americans to Gaza Palestinians”

I don’t think there could be any better way of highlighting how humanitarianism is 100% not the point of this ship.

Barry says:

Sink ‘em! Those who sympathize with the satanic and subhuman “Palestinians” have forfeited their Human Rights.

In all seriousness: the “Palestinians” are the most wicked culture to have ever existed. This was a society that supported BOTH the Nazis and the Soviets. Supported Osama AND Obama. Supported Saddam Hussein and the Iranian Fascists. What possible sympathy could someone have for these cockroaches?

If you want to see Satan – look in the eyes of a Muslim child.

Barry says:

Oh, and I hope these liberals have good attorneys. LOL

The victims of Islam don’t bother suing because the Muslims are worthless. But presumably these liberals have some cash, and I cannot wait to see them in bankruptcy as they give their life savings to their Jewish victims. LOL

Carl Frank says:

Heddy Epstein, left Germany in 1939. Technically she is a “holocaust” survivor as was my mother who had spent two years in a concentration camp.

Heddy also presents herself as a recent activist but her anti Israel activites go back to at least the mid 80’s.

Her story is always the same she read about some horrible event and just had to take action against Israel.

Notice that she never takes action against the PLO or Hamas. I guess she never read about the killings of Jewish Olympians in Germany or about suicide bombers.

Jewish lives don’t for her.

Bill Pearlman says:

Your dead on Carl, She got out on the kindertransport. And was Ok in England, Your mother on the other hand, was not. Its like saying that Jimmy Carter and my stepfather were both in the the Navy in 1942. Jimmy Carter was living large in Maryland. My stepfather was on convoy duty in the north atlantic.

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