Israeli military officials have called their interception
of a small yacht with nine Jewish activists trying to bring toys,
fishing nets and prosthetic limbs to besieged Gaza "a surreal
assignment," and the launching of the boat itself "a trick of hatred...for people who don't care about the love of Israel." In both instances, they betray language. Among the Jews:
a Holocaust survivor, a refugee from Nazi Germany, an ex-IDF pilot, the
father of a daughter killed by a suicide bomb, who reported they "slept
like babies, because we have a clear conscience. We are singing,
dancing, and telling old Jewish jokes." What will it take for Israel to
see what they do to themselves and others?
From 82-year-old Reuven Moskowitz, a Holocaust survivor: "I'm
sorry to have angered the truth-tellers in Israel...We are an extraordinary people...They remind everyone that a true hero is one who tries to
turn an enemy into a friend."