Flotilla, Gaza & a seven year old
June 3, 2010 by Hena Zuberi
Wheelchairs that will never get to the needy
So we were watching PBS Newshour Sunday nite and my seven year old watching the horror unfolding on screen asked me what was going on? I told her about the flotilla taking food and playground equipment to the Palestinians in Gaza and how it was attacked by the Israeli Army. Unable to comprehend the reasoning behind why women, babies and international humanitarian aid workers including former U.S. Ambassador Edward Peck who were on board were stopped on international waters and attacked with electrical shocks, and killed with automatic rifles, she said, ” Mama we should ALL go on boats there, they won’t be able to kill all of us.” Maybe kids should rule the world.
For Muslims, Imam Zaid addressed this last weekend at the RIS conference– He urged everyone to join AMP (American Muslims for Palestine), to curb our emotional responses to the news cycle and do consistent actions as a 62 year old problem cannot be undone easily AND he urged everyone to pray.
“This is base hypocrisy sending aid to natural disasters in Haiti while denying aid to people of YOUR man made disasters…You can turn back a set of boats, but you can’t turn back a set of sound principles. You can deny the Palestinians food, but you can’t deny them the food and medicines that nourish and heal their hearts. If you are sending out boats simply to deny the young and the old and the sick and the weak much-needed aid, you are already DEFEATED, you are already defeated, you are DEFEATED.” Imam Zaid Shakir
'Weapons' found in the flotilla
sage, cardamom,cumin,coriander, ginger, jam, halva, vinegar, nutmeg, chocolate, fruit preserves, seeds and nuts, biscuits and sweets, potato chips, gas for soft drinks, dried fruit, fresh meat, plaster, tar, wood for construction, cement, iron, glucose, industrial salt, plastic/glass/metal containers, industrial margarine, tarpaulin sheets for huts, fabric (for clothing), flavor and smell enhancers, fishing rods
Why would you deny any human being these items?