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Shoppers at newest Gaza Mall
Photo Credit: EoZ blog
The boat was boarded without incident; this represented, we hope, the end of protest cruise season this year. The Ship to Gaza movement, which last year brought little or useless aid to Gaza residents, was represented today by the French-Corsican registered Dignite al Karama. Like last year’s Mavi Marmara it is a passenger ship, and carried no aid supplies. But unlike the Mavi Marmara, it carried no club- and knife-wielding mercenary jihadists, just a small number of protesters.
As we have reported a number of times, the humanitarian aid is a negligible part of this protest, which primarily aims to delegitimize Israel. Painting it as a humanitarian mission to the hungry is flat out misleading, just like the Dignite’s sailing plans.
SIJ supports freedom of the press, and so does Israel. In fact, in addition to the two Al-Jazeera reporters, Haaretz’s Amira Hass is also on board. However, we wonder what this minor media circus was supposed to achieve, beyond Israel delegitimization.
By Chanah Shapira