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‘Audacity of Hope’ Unlikely to Protect Gaza Flotilla Boat

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The United States flotilla group, US to Gaza, reacting to Israeli threats of violence, sent a letter to President Barack Obama informing him that:

As U.S. citizens we expect our country and its leaders to help ensure the Flotilla’s safe passage to Gaza – as our country should support our humanitarian demand that the Gaza blockade be lifted. This should begin by notifying the Israeli government in clear and certain terms that it may not physically interfere with the upcoming Flotilla of which the U.S. boat—The Audacity of Hope — is part.

The group asks that people call the White House (202-456-1111) in order to express their support for the international nonviolent protest and to tell the President that they “expect [him] to take action to uphold the rights of peaceful citizens to safe passage on the seas.”

I have little hope that Mr. Obama would respond to a call to protect Americans from an Israeli assault. He has failed to do this in the past. But isn’t it a wonderful irony that the name of the U.S. boat is a phrase closely associated with the President? Although Obama is not on board, maybe there are groups and individuals who have not publicly supported the flotilla movement in the past that would, at least, demand strongly that the IDF refrain from using violence against citizens who are obviously peaceful demonstrators.

Isn’t nonviolent protest one of the tenets of activism for American liberals and progressives?

6 Responses to ‘Audacity of Hope’ Unlikely to Protect Gaza Flotilla Boat

  1. JCWS 05/12/2011 at 1:57 PM

    Forgive my ignorance, but can someone explain what exactly, in concise, simple terms I can understand, is the problem with delivering aid to Gaza? I am not interested in the politics. All I want to know is what is wrong with delivering food and medicine to people who need it? To put it another way, what is the justification for seeing people, including children, die or suffer for lack of basic food and medicine?

  2. RichJ 04/12/2011 at 6:25 PM

    All you people are the “useful idiots.” of evil.

  3. James Munro 20/06/2011 at 8:19 PM

    Israel certainly seems dedicated to stopping this flotilla, but if today’s Democracy Now! interview with the activists is any indication, they are equally dedicated to continuing their mission. It was a very interesting piece, you can watch it here: They also did a lot of coverage of last year’s flotilla, here: Hopefully this effort ends differently.

  4. Drake 20/06/2011 at 7:44 PM

    I became curious about the basis of the Jewish “claim” to Palestine,
    how they were always crying “God gave it to us”,
    so I read their “claim”.
    Their “claim” to Palestine, in a book THEY wrote,
    is based entirely on War Crimes and GENOCIDE.
    It is WRONG to compare Israel to the Nazis.
    The CORRECT comparison is that of the Nazis to the Israelis:
    The Nazis just copied the Jewish “Manual” point by point
    Numbers c.5 v.2-4
    Leviticus c.20 v.13 well, really the whole chapter
    Exodus c.32 v.27
    Numbers c.11 v.1-2
    Numbers c.16 all
    Numbers c.21 v.5-6
    Numbers v.26 v.10
    KILL anyone who engages in “DIVERSITY” or “INTEGRATION”
    Numbers v25 v.4-8
    Deuteronomy c.14 v.2
    Numbers c.21 v.03 Canaanites
    Numbers c.21 v.24 Amorites
    Numbers c.21 v.33-35 Bashan
    Numbers c.31 all Midianites
    Numbers c.32 v. more Amorites
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.34 People of Heshbon
    Deuteronomy c.3 v.6 really the whole chapter. threescore cities
    Joshua c.12 A list of victims of Israeli GENOCIDE
    Where are THEIR “holocaust” Memorials!
    Numbers c.21 v.25
    Numbers c.32 v.39
    Numbers c.33 v.53
    (just to name a FEW)
    Numbers c.33 v.31-34
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.12 v.28-30
    Deuteronomy c.20 v.11-16
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.1
    Jews SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GOD”
    Nazis SELF-anointed “The GENETICALLY CHOSEN People of God”.

  5. Michael Rivero 20/06/2011 at 7:17 PM

    That is what We The People expect of the president of the United States, but of course our government has been totally subverted by Israel to the point where both the Congress and the President made excuses for Israel after last year;s murder of an American citizen in Israel’s attack on the aid flotilla. This year, control of the US Government by Israel is so total that Senator Mark Kirk has proposed declaring humanitarian aid a “terrorist activity” and that the US Navy should join Israel in attacking the aid flotilla!

  6. John Tourian 20/06/2011 at 5:15 PM

    $80/year AID to genocide-committing Israel since 1948 when Jew US Prsdnt Harry Truman created it, is not enough to continue demonizing decent Arabs-Christians-Moslems. US ‘Gentiles’ (Jew for ALL leprous others) paid for atrocities of Jews Cheney-Bush-Rumsfeld-Murdock-12 tribes: 35K actual dead, 700K crippled, $5 trillion cost, wrecked economy, loss of trust in US + 1,500,000 Arabs killed! Evil Israel commits atrocities with impunity since US will cast another UN Veto (85%) to shield it! Since 1932, ALL US Prsdnts (but JFK) are converts from Judaism (Bushes) or have Jew blood incldng Mr Obama! When US supports evil Israel, ENABLER US is even more evil! Arabs are angry at their US-puppet rulers! The CHOSEN Jews are an Arab tribe but I refudiate them, to quote a nitwit. Monotheism was created by Chinese Tao 6500 years ago with his ‘The ETERNAL ONE who lives in heaven’. Pharaoh Akhenaton stole it for Egyptians 4000 years ago. Moses stole it from Akhenaton 2500 years later. IS-RA-EL is Arabic-Egyptian-Iranian acronym. IS= Egyptian Fertility Goddess, RA= Egyptian Sun God & EL= Akkadian Earth God! Early popes bragged their CREATION of CHRIST myth gave them great wealth and power! Islam is re-hashed Judaism for Abe’s children from slave Hager but it ordered the rich to provide for the poor and dropped the 200+ Bible references to being CHOSEN! Israel and its SLAVE are the only terrorists of the world!

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