To the Editor,
Re: Nanaimo man on aid mission held by Israelis, Oct. 23; MP’s comments far from accurate, Letters, Oct 27.
Another “humanitarian aid” boat to Gaza, another confrontation with an Israeli blockade that the United Nations’ own Palmer Report concluded in 2010 was a legal and appropriate means to protect that country.
More activists temporarily detained in Israel before being sent home, and then the usual whining to the media about our government not providing timely assistance to save them from their own foolishness.
Does it all sound familiar?
I’m sceptical about the motives of people whose agenda is focused only on the Israeli blockade of Gaza, especially when so many other areas of the world are in more dire need of “humanitarian aid.”
If the movement’s aim was to free Gaza from Hamas, they might garner some credibility, otherwise they appear to be just terrorist sympathizers.
If their concern is really for Palestinians, why do they show no interest in the plight of those in Arab countries?
They ignore Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and others who impose severe travel and other restrictions on Palestinians.
Where do they stand regarding the debate in Lebanon about whether to grant long-denied basic civil rights, including employment, social security and medical care to Palestinians?
Ironically, it’s easier for a Palestinian to acquire American and Canadian citizenship than a passport of an Arab country.