A New Flotilla Steams Towards Gaza

Elizabeth Murray is aboard a new flotilla to highlight the illegality of the 12-year old blockade that is choking the people of Gaza.

By Elizabeth Murray 
Special to Consortium News

Elizabeth Murray about to board the Al-Awda (‘The Return’ in Arabic)

“Islands Brygge,” an idyllic harbor park that stretches along the east bank of Copenhagen, was alive with a celebratory crowd on Monday as three ships were about to steam towards Gaza. The 2018 Freedom Flotilla—two ships from Sweden and one from Norway — will call at ports in Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy before traveling through the Mediterranean Sea to its final destination: Gaza harbor.

Volunteer boat guides explained the history and mission of the Gaza Flotilla movement, which has organized a number of journeys to demonstrate solidarity with the people of Gaza and break the illegal economic siege. An independent U.N. panel  and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)say the blockade violates the Geneva Conventions and is illegal.

Israel dragged the last Israeli settlers from Gaza and withdrew the Israeli Defense Force in 2005. When the Palestinian Authority lost a 2006 election in Gaza to Hamas, Israel imposed the illegal blockade. A considerable number of young Danish people learned about Gaza for the first time and walked away with new political awareness of the injustices suffered by Gaza’s children, who are denied the same carefree life enjoyed by Danish children.

The upbeat music and offerings of traditional Palestinian falafel wraps washed down with Danish beer created a festive atmosphere at the Freedom Flotilla tent Passerby lined up to buy ‘Boat to Gaza’ T-shirts, Palestinian kaffiyehs (traditional checkered scarves) while a Palestinian musician strummed the oud (traditional Palestinian lute) and sang a song of sentimental love for his Palestinian homeland. A local Palestinian man danced and waved the Palestinian flag while the crowd clapped along.

I feel proud and privileged to join a group of international passengers aboard the Norwegian ship “Al Awda,” (“The Return” in Arabic) as we prepared to embark on the first leg of our journey. Along our route we hope to raise awareness and educate people about the plight of Palestinians, especially in Gaza, who are denied the basic freedoms and human rights the rest of us take for granted.

Earlier this month as Gazans held The Great March of Return to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (or the Catastrophe) — in which 800,000 Palestinians were forcibly driven from their land and homes by Israel in 1948 — Israeli snipers cut down peaceful demonstrators one by one, killing hundreds and maiming thousands, generating shock and outrage around the world and providing further incentive for people to support the burgeoning Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).

Targeting Athletes

Israel seems to have reserved a special brand of sadism for Gaza’s athletes — several promising young cyclists and soccer players have become amputees, since Israel refused to allow them to leave Gaza to obtain the necessary medical attention that would have saved their legs. Reports of such heinous acts — documented widely in social media posts by those on the ground in Gaza — have served to further isolate Israel internationally and alienate peace-loving people around the world, who deplore the moral depravity of its government.

ANOTHER VICTIM OF ISRAELI BRUTALITY.
Palestinian athletes have their legs deliberately blown off.

Reaching the harbor of Gaza (which means “jewel” in Arabic) should be as simple and straightforward as entering any harbor in Germany, France or Spain. But instead, Israel has denied Gazans use of their own harbor for commerce, trade and travel, and has bombed it on numerous occasions, along with their electric power plants and sewage systems, making life miserable for the local population and rendering 97 percent of the drinking water toxic.

As the Freedom Flotilla embarks on its peace odyssey, it is our hope to bring a light of hope and solidarity to the people of Gaza, who deserve the peaceful, dignified and joyful existence that is their right.

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Elizabeth Murray served as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East in the National Intelligence Council before retiring after a 27-year career in the U.S. government, where she specialized in Middle Eastern political and media analysis. She is a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

26 thoughts to “A New Flotilla Steams Towards Gaza”

  1. It is not difficult to predict what will happen to this well meant but rather naive initiative. The Israelis will enter the ships well before reaching the territorial waters of Gaza (if such a thing exists for a territory with an unclear legal status. Gaza is not a “state”). In the struggle that follows some activists might get killed (like on the Mavi Marmara). The ships will be towed away by the Israelis. The world will be outraged – briefly. Then, because of other news, the world will forget and nothing will have changed.

    A better strategy would be BDS (boycott, disinvestment and sanctions) not only of Israeli goods from the occupied West Bank, but from the whole of Israel. That is something Israel really fears, because as a country with few natural resources it is heavily dependent on trade.

    If you have doubts about the effectiveness of a boycott of Israel, read this :

    Shopping Can Kill ! – Boycott Israeli Goods – Inminds

    http://www.inminds.com/shopping-can-kill.php

  2. Oh dear, blowing off athletes’ legs in Gaza, are they? — and then complaining about “antisemitism” if one dares to suggest that boycotting their wretched goods is long overdue?

    Surely boycotting their goods is insufficient punishment for their heinous crimes against the Palestinian people? It’s like putting a mass murderer on probation and fining him a hundred bucks after he’s been found guilty of unspeakably cruel atrocities.

    Karma. That’s what we need here. We need to see the Evil Sower reap the evil seeds of his own actions.

    Dear God, where are you? Are you asleep? Are you actually on the side of these evil bastards? Are they truly your “chosen” ones? Are they the apples of your eye?

    If you let them get away with this, dear God, I return the entrance ticket to paradise! — like Ivan Karamazov.

    1. They are apples in the eyes of the imposter god (lower case “g”) YHWH, Sardonicus. (until of course the “apples” are no longer serving their useful idiocy purpose) This has NOTHING to do with the true God (upper case “G”) of Creation

      People need to get their minds around this and understand that time really is running out on these cretins, as difficult as that may be to imagine…all appearances aside

      1. @ Brown Hawk

        Well said.

        If the Creator was an interventionist as claimed by the (((authors))) of the Old Testament, there would be no free will for man. We would be less than two legged squirrels and obviously the Creator had no need for two legged squirrels.

        The Comforter/Holy Ghost nudges man to do the right thing as described by Jesus. Man must do the right thing.

        You are correct concerning time running out for Israel. Israel is heavily involved in human trafficking including pedophilia. The world will fall on them soon without mercy.

    2. Sardonicus

      Thank you, sir. This is a powerful statement indeed. As a Palestinian, I thank God for people like you and Lasha.

      These Israeli bastards understand only one language: armed resistance. I’m proud of my two nephews who resisted the Israeli land thieves and killed and injured some of them before they were themselves killed.

      The year 2022, in which Israel will be defeated once and for all, is fast approaching. This event is according to Jewish sages themselves, as well as the Holy Quran of Muslims. When this happens, Saudi Arabia must also be dsstroyed and its rulers must be hanged in public, for they are no more than crypto-Jews .

  3. I read that mrs Elizabeth Murray served many years for the jewsa government, and worked as a national intelligence officer???????

  4. @ notalmudplease

    Where did you read this? Got any proof?

    I think you are lying.

    I think you are a Zionist troll.

    1. People who say bad things about good people, without providing any evidence, are usually not to be trusted.

    2. If you read the whole article of Lasha till the end you see the source of this article mentioned by Lasha. So back off.

  5. @ notalmudplease

    If you read the whole article of Lasha till the end you see the source of this article mentioned by Lasha. So back off.

    Yes, I have read the whole article of Lasha till the end and there is nothing to suggest that Elizabeth Murray is a Zionist agent or working secretly for the Jews, as you maliciously suggest. You are clearly trying to damage her reputation and cast doubt on this excellent article by your words: “I read that mrs Elizabeth Murray served many years for the jewsa government, and worked as a national intelligence officer???????”

    Big deal! Paul Craig Roberts also worked for the US government, for the Reagan government. He now writes articles attacking the US government. Craig Murray was once working for the British government as ambassador in Uzbekistan. He now writes articles attacking the British government for cuddling up to the tyrannical regime in Uzbekistan where political dissidents are boiled alive.

    This is what it says about Elizabeth Murray at the end of the Consortium News article. There is no suggestion here that she is a secret agent for the Jews, as you maliciously and stupidly suggest:

    Elizabeth Murray served as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East in the National Intelligence Council before retiring after a 27-year career in the U.S. government, where she specialized in Middle Eastern political and media analysis. She is a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

    https://consortiumnews.com/2018/05/22/a-new-flotilla-steams-towards-gaza/

    So no, I won’t back off! Your irresponsible malice makes you little better than a troll. Don’t say bad things about people with good reputations and unblemished records.

    So tell me, creep, what do you hate about Elizabeth Murray, hmm? Is it the fact that she is helping the Palestinians? Does that upset you, Mr Jew, because someone is showing love and concern for the Palestinians? 🙂

  6. It’s very good that the palestinians are being helped. People should support the palestians much more than they do. Every day the struggle the palestinians must endure should be mentioned daily but we know who distributes the ‘ news’.

    I find the reaction of some posters very strange. Their reaction I find over the top.

    1. @ notalmusplease

      I find the reaction of some posters very strange. Their reaction I find over the top.

      What can you expect if you attack a good woman who is helping the Palestinians? You must try harder not to be so stupid and to restrain your natural tendency to malicious defamation.

  7. Having been in the US government swamp – INTELLIGENCE – Liz Murray obviously KNOWS the score and the fact that Israel and US are tied together in an actual holocaust – destruction by fire – of Gaza… unlike the FAKE holocaust where there was NO FIRE!!

    She wrote Apr 8, 2018:
    “The relegation of Palestinians to a less-than-human status – by Israel and the United States – especially the inhabitants of Gaza who are perpetually locked into an open-air prison and subject to an Israeli blockade, was noted by MIT professor Noam Chomsky after a visit to Gaza to attend an academic conference. In comments broadcast by Democracy Now on Nov. 14, 2012, Chomsky remarked:

    “It’s kind of amazing and inspiring to see people managing somehow to survive as essentially caged animals subject to constant, random, sadistic punishment only to humiliate them no pretext. They [the Palestinians] would like to have dignified lives, but the standard Israeli position is that they shouldn’t raise their heads.”

    https://consortiumnews.com/2018/04/08/26686/

    Most people should know that forest fires destroy the trees blocking new growth.

    People, buildings and and traditions will be damaged by the flames. But forest fires, as destructive as they can be… bring new green growth. They allow growth that was impossible before the fire, when old trees crowded out new plants on the forest floor. In the midst of this fire, new life – many young people may become engaged as never before – and many academics, nonprofits, and all other parts of civil society could find reason to bloom. Enter…. Red Cross and Liz. Liz Murray. Tough assignment here.

    As a former DC SWAMP member … she may have more success than Cynthia McKinney did in 2008. Cynthia fought the DC SWAMP and the DC SWAMP won:

    (from “Cynthia’s story”)
    Cynthia served four years in the Georgia General Assembly as a Member of the Georgia House of Representatives. While there, she became known nationally as a forceful opponent of war and injustice….

    Cynthia McKinney served twelve – 12 – years as a Member of the United States Congress House of Representatives. She was elected six times by the people of the State of Georgia.

    Cynthia exposed corruption in Washington, D.C. and did not hesitate to hold responsible position holders accountable. Her questioning of Donald Rumsfeld on fiscal responsibility and the tragic events of September 11th has become legendary. As a Member of Congress, Cynthia challenged then-Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff to tell the truth about his failures as an important leader in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She challenged the Africa Policies of both George W. Bush’s Secretary of State Colin Powell as well as Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

    (They got even with her. Jailed in Israel!)

    https://www.allthingscynthiamckinney.com/cynthias-story/

    1. Liz Tweets and replies along the way, which McKinney did not do, could be the difference:
      https://twitter.com/elizabethmurra?lang=en

      Elizabeth Murray Retweeted
      Eye On Palestine
      ‏ @Eye_onPalestine
      May 24

      🇧🇪 #Belgium : “Why is the double standard policy? Why don’t we intervene with other countries to impose sanctions on #Israel?”
      A #Belgian MP stands in solidarity with #Gaza and slams the International Community for ignoring the #Israeli crimes.
      #palestine #bds #jerusalem

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      Elizabeth Murray Retweeted
      Freedom Flotilla
      ‏@GazaFFlotilla
      May 24

      Reiner Braun, co-president of the International #Peace Bureau in #Berlin, #Germany, has traveled to #Kiel today to meet the #FreedomFlotilla vessels and give a statement of support for our mission, in opposition to the blockade of #Gaza: https://www.facebook.com/FreedomFlotillaCoalition/

      <>

      Elizabeth Murray Retweeted
      Freedom Flotilla
      ‏ @GazaFFlotilla
      May 24

      EDITORIAL PICK from @acTVismMunich : #FreedomFlotilla Sets Sail for #Gaza after The #GreatReturnMarch : interview by @dimitrilascaris from @TheRealNews Network, with indigenous & Israeli activists on board http://www.actvism.org/en/tip/freedom-flotilla-gaza/ … #EndGazBlockade

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      Elizabeth Murray Retweeted
      Freedom Flotilla
      ‏ @GazaFFlotilla
      May 25

      #FreedomFlotilla boats travelling through the #Kiel Canal, on their way to #Wilhelmshafen #Germany https://jfp.freedomflotilla.org/news/freedom-flotilla-to-gaza-in-wilhelmshafen-germany-may-26-28
      & then to challenge & break the blockade of #Gaza Sailing for the right to a just future for #Palestine #EndGazaBlockade #GreatReturnMarch

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      Elizabeth Murray Retweeted
      Charlie Andreasson
      ‏ @Andreasson_C
      May 25

      Thank you Kiel for your lovely support for us and for a just future for Palestine. Next stop Wilhelmshafen, Germany, on our way to break Israels criminal blockade of Gaza. See you in Wilhelmshafen

    2. [ADMIN please remove the duplicate of your choice if you wish. So sorry for the mistake on this very important issue]

      Liz Tweets and replies along the way, which McKinney did not do, could be the difference:
      https://twitter.com/elizabethmurra?lang=en

      Elizabeth Murray Retweeted
      Eye On Palestine
      ‏ @Eye_onPalestine
      May 24

      🇧🇪 #Belgium : “Why is the double standard policy? Why don’t we intervene with other countries to impose sanctions on #Israel?”
      A #Belgian MP stands in solidarity with #Gaza and slams the International Community for ignoring the #Israeli crimes.
      #palestine #bds #jerusalem

      Elizabeth Murray Retweeted
      Freedom Flotilla
      ‏@GazaFFlotilla
      May 24

      Reiner Braun, co-president of the International #Peace Bureau in #Berlin, #Germany, has traveled to #Kiel today to meet the #FreedomFlotilla vessels and give a statement of support for our mission, in opposition to the blockade of #Gaza: https://www.facebook.com/FreedomFlotillaCoalition/

      Elizabeth Murray Retweeted
      Freedom Flotilla
      ‏ @GazaFFlotilla
      May 24

      EDITORIAL PICK from @acTVismMunich : #FreedomFlotilla Sets Sail for #Gaza after The #GreatReturnMarch : interview by @dimitrilascaris from @TheRealNews Network, with indigenous & Israeli activists on board http://www.actvism.org/en/tip/freedom-flotilla-gaza/ … #EndGazBlockade

      Elizabeth Murray Retweeted
      Freedom Flotilla
      ‏ @GazaFFlotilla
      May 25

      #FreedomFlotilla boats travelling through the #Kiel Canal, on their way to #Wilhelmshafen #Germany
      & then to challenge & break the blockade of #Gaza Sailing for the right to a just future for #Palestine #EndGazaBlockade #GreatReturnMarch

      Elizabeth Murray Retweeted
      Charlie Andreasson
      ‏ @Andreasson_C
      May 25

      Thank you Kiel for your lovely support for us and for a just future for Palestine. Next stop Wilhelmshafen, Germany, on our way to break Israels criminal blockade of Gaza. See you in Wilhelmshafen

      1. Cynthia McKinney was a very active champion against oppression BEFORE texts and twitters became vogue.
        She sat in the gallery with me at Larken Rose’s IRS trial in 2004, in Federal court in Philadelphia, and we had dinner together. She is a very decent and good American, who is willing to go the “extra mile”.

      2. Well said, Pat! You’ve made many excellent points in your
        well-documented posts above. Brilliant! You deserve a PAT —
        no pun intended! — on the back! 🙂

    3. Part of the ACTUAL holocaust in Gaza… burning fishing boat pic:

      Israeli air strikes target boat moored in Gaza – Three Days Ago

      Israeli aircraft destroyed a boat moored in Gaza city early on Wednesday morning, local residents said.

      Gaza residents said the vessel that was hit by missiles was set ablaze. They said it was due to sail to meet a flotilla hoping to reach Gaza. Israel maintains a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip and has in the past stopped other boats from reaching it shores.

      https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/israeli-air-strikes-target-boat-moored-in-gaza-residents-20180523-p4zgzy.html

  8. The actions of courageous people like Murray and McKinney are clear indications of working in tandem with the true power of Creation in chipping away at this scourge.

    But a word of sober reality may be in order here as the world moves ever closer to what I perceive to be a climactic turning point.

    Don’t be at all surprised if the mounting pressure on Is-ra-el to release their oppression of the Palestinians results in its demise which DOESN’T indicate the complete end of the “NWO”, but like I’ve been saying, the BEGINNING of the end.

  9. Israel is a rogue nation, a country of murderers , and sadly they have turned the U.S. gov into the same thing, our gov has been infected with Zionism and it has taken control of every aspect of American life.

    On 911 Israel and the Zionist controlled deep state murdered some 3000 Americans in pursuit of their goal of a Zionist takeover in the Mideast and this in turn has led to the deaths of millions of civilians and thousands of American troops and the wounding of millions all as a result of Israels goal of a Zionist NWO.

    The gov of the U.S. is under Zionist control and this via the wars and the FED control of our currency and the Zionist owned IRS is destroying America.

    The Zionists are killers and wreckers and destroyers , that is what they do and that is what they have done to every country where they control the central banks and that is what they are doing here in AMERICA.

  10. Why use bullets when tear gas would have dispersed the crowd at the Gaza border? I can only assume that the Israelis wanted to deliberately kill those 65 and wound over 2,000. This news was soon buried by the media, but if it had been the other way around then it would still be headlines.

    I fear a similar incident when this flotilla approaches Gaza.

    Jews should be deeply ashamed of what is being done in their name.

    Incidents like this make a bloody denouement more likely.

  11. Most people are sickened by the the way a country was stolen and the native people subjugated.

    Our world is gradually becoming like Orwell’s 1984, with the zionists as Big Brother, and we risk going to jail if we criticize them.

  12. NOW we can sop ‘GUESSING’ and ‘KNOW’ for sure…. WHY the US Embassy was moved to Jerusalem and WHY the Iran Deal was withdrawn, resulting in the protests by Palestinians, which led to the massacre!

    Trump was following orders from Adelson!!

    “The Godfather” – CBC exposé on Sheldon Adelson’s influence on Trump, Harper, & Mideast policies

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwLaXxSQi80&feature=youtu.be

  13. Press tv are running a story on the murder of the Kennedy bros, ” by the CIA, on behalf of the Israel”.
    It’s a rehash, but worth a read and a propagate.

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