Wednesday, June 08, 2011

US Boat to Gaza Is a Quarter Jewish – “Not Too Shabby!”


by: Robert Naiman, Truthout, June 7, 2011

Hedy Epstein is an 86-year-old US Boat to Gaza passenger whose parents died in the Holocaust. (Photo: marx21de)

Editor’s Note: Robert Naiman will be a passenger aboard the Audacity of Hope boat, which sets sail for Gaza this month. – ms/TO

According to The New York Times, a quarter of the passengers on the upcoming US Boat to Gaza are Jewish.

What does it mean that the US Boat to Gaza is a quarter Jewish? According to the noted American Jewish commentator Adam Sandler, a quarter Jewish is “not too shabby!” Maybe the US Boat to Gaza will be mentioned in Adam’s next Hanukkah song.

What does it mean that the US Boat to Gaza is a quarter Jewish? Maybe it means that the Israeli authorities will have some compunction about shooting up our boat. After all, isn’t the official story of Zionism all about making a “safe harbor” for Jews in Palestine? We’re not trying to make aliyah. We just want to visit. Should we be shot for trying to do so? Wouldn’t it be a mitzvah to let us pass unharmed?

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