Jewish Boat to Gaza sets sail from Cyprus


By ibrows
September 27, 2010
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A boat carrying aid for Gaza's population and organized by Jewish groups worldwide has set sail from Cyprus.

The boat, Irene, is sailing under a British flag and is carrying ten passengers and crew, including Jews from the US, the UK, Germany and Israel as well as an Israeli journalist.

The boat's cargo includes symbolic aid in the form of children's toys and musical instruments, textbooks, fishing nets for Gaza's fishing communities and prosthetic limbs for orthopaedic medical care in Gaza's hospitals.

The receiving organization in Gaza is the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, directed by Gaza psychiatrist Dr. Eyad Sarraj.

The boat will attempt to reach the coast of Gaza and unload its aid cargo in a nonviolent, symbolic act of solidarity and protest - and call for the siege to be lifted to enable free passage of goods and people to and from the Gaza Strip.

The boat will fly multicolored peace flags carrying the names of dozens of Jews who have expressed their support for this action, as a symbol of the widespread support for the boat by Jews worldwide.

Speaking from London, a member of the organizing group, Richard Kuper of Jews for Justice for Palestinians, said today that the Jewish Boat to Gaza is a symbolic act of protest against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and the siege of Gaza, and a message of solidarity to Palestinians and Israelis who seek peace and justice.

'Israeli government policies are not supported by all Jews,' said Kuper. 'We call on all governments and people around the world to speak and act against the occupation and the siege.'

Regarding the threat of interception by the Israeli navy, Kuper said 'This is a nonviolent action. We aim to reach Gaza, but our activists will not engage in any physical confrontation and will therefore not present the Israelis with any reason or excuse to use physical force or assault them.'

Passenger Reuven Moskovitz, 82, said that his life's mission has been to turn foes into friends. "We are two peoples, but we have one future", he said.

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zair (not verified)

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 11:26

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I wish them God speed.


Marian Lebor

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 11:41

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"The boat will attempt to reach the coast of Gaza and unload its aid cargo in a nonviolent, symbolic act of solidarity and protest - and call for the siege to be lifted to enable free passage of goods and people to and from the Gaza Strip."

So why isn't a letter from Aviva Shalit to Gilad included in the "symbolic act"?


happygoldfish

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 12:05

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Marian Lebor: So why isn't a letter from Aviva Shalit to Gilad included in the "symbolic act"?

because "jews for justice for palestinians" are only what-it-says-on-the-tin

they're not for justice for jews, nor against injustice by palestinians

they support the right of the gazans to commit human rights crimes against gilad shalit, war crimes against the civilian town of sderot (without any israeli blockade to prevent them), and plain murder of fatah palestinians

they have no intention of protesting against injustice by palestinians!

Marian Lebor

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 12:09

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Silly me. Thanks for clarifying.


Advis3r

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 12:14

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Another ship of fools and useful idiots - just imagine if the money they have wasted in this ludicrous and senseless venture (more to assuage their own guilt and self hatred than to assist the Arabs in Gaza) had been spent on actually promoting peace not their warped sense of justice for terrorists and suicide bombers.


Yvetta

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 12:18

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Well said, hg.
What a shower!


Advis3r

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 12:22

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By the way I am an Israeli who seeks peace and justice - but not suicide which the policies of JFJP promote. If they actually wanted justice for the Palestinians why aren't they campaigning for the downfall and dismantling of Hamas so that there would not be any need for a legal blockade of Gaza to prevent arms and explosives being smuggled into the Strip - those arms and explosives to be used to kill innocent Israeli civilians. Obviously because JFJP care not one jot for the loss of Jewish blood otherwise they would be called JFJJP!


DeborahMaccoby

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 12:53

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Please see these comments (below) on Gilad Shalit and on Hamas by Naomi Wayne of the JfJfP Executive, quoted in the Jerusalem Post article on the boat

Deborah

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=189317

"On the matter of Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Schalit, who has been held by Hamas in Gaza for over four years without being allowed access to Red Cross representatives, Wayne said her group did not hold the Palestinians to a lower standard.

'As far as we are concerned there's no question we are behind Gilad Schalit, we want him to be released,' she said. 'We also want all the Palestinians in Israeli prisons to be released and allowed access to the Red Cross.'

Wayne said she believed that Israel must talk to Hamas, because 'you don't make friends with your friends, but with your enemies,' and added that she also had expectations from the Palestinians.

'We want Palestinians to recognize Israel exists, it is a territory with people and is not going to go away,' she said.


Isca Stieglitz

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 13:02

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This boat is simply a bad idea. When peace negotiations are in swing and the situation is incendiary, it is incumbent on third parties to act with maximum restraint. Any actions, how ever well intended, can act to destabilise in the same way as 'negative' actions can. It is 'provocative' and will have a detrimental outcome.

There is already trouble over the settlement moratorium coming to and end, (Israel needs to act postively here), and when negotiations are so volatile we have a duty of care. I also feel that some of these actions aren't purely altruistic, consciously or unconsciously.

http://www.c-r.org/our-work/influencing-policy/supporting-peace-processe...

This boat will be intercepted like all of the others. It is interesting that with all the international lawyers wrangling over the rights & wrongs, that the UN has already provided for this scenario and hasn't acted.

Can't find exact link: http://www.un.org/documents/scres.htm

or in policy documents.

I'm not surprised Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-Moon are/were so exasperated by the UN.


happygoldfish

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 13:30

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deborah, naomi wayne of jfjfp wrongly claims that palestinian prisoners in israeli prisons do not have access to the red cross (or equivalent)

she supports the release of the innocent gilad shalit, not now but only when the palestinian prisoners in israeli prisons, almost all of whom are convicted, many of mass-murder, are released

'… there's no question we are behind Gilad Schalit, we want him to be released,' she said. 'We also want all the Palestinians in Israeli prisons to be released and allowed access to the Red Cross.'

she supports red cross access to gilad shalit, not now but only when similar access is given to palestinian prisoners in israeli prisons, which already happens

she does not support the ending of the other abuses against gilad shalit (lack of communication, solitary confinement, etc) at all

and of course she does not support the ending of the war crimes against the civilians of sderot!

Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 13:38

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This is pure publicity-seeking by the tiny fringe eccentric minority which is proud to be ashamed to be Jewish.

If they really wanted to help they would send their donations by land via Israel without any fanfare, it would be a lot cheaper.

JFJFP thinks nothing of sharing platforms and demos with Hamas supporters


telegramsam

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 14:10

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Whereas the current leadership of the zf gets help from the neo-Nazis of the EDL/BNP. Those who live in glass houses, Jonathan...


Harvey

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 14:22

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Zair

" I wish them God speed "

Really ? In that case why didn't they send the goods overland back in July instead of allowing it to fester in warehouses all that time and at such cost .

Its not God you should be talking to but someone who is genuinely concerned about the humanitarian disaster in Gaza . Thats the disaster which has given rise to that well known and frequented 2 star restaurant the incomparable [at least in Gaza ] Roots !Not to mention a new well stocked shopping mall and a marvellous water theme park . Update .... That was before it was burnt to the ground because it gave the impession that people were enjoying themselves.

LOL


Advis3r

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 14:25

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When the spiv has nothing intelligent to say (perhaps always) he resorts to the EDL libel. Pathetic.


ibrows

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 14:32

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Advis3r

Dismantling Hamas will not end the Israeli occupation of Gaza, and the continued Israeli blockade, as lets be clear, the occupation of Gaza began in 1967, long before Hamas were used as a 'justification' for Israel's occupation. The 'withdrawal' of 2005 has enabled Israel to merely rebrand the occupation, it still controls the flow of imports and exports, and restricts the Gazan populations movement in and out of the strip, this is a continuation of the Israeli occupation.

Isca Stieglitz

By negative actions i guess you mean the continuation of the construction of illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank? It proves Israel is not interested in peace, but seizing more Palestinian land.

Harvey

where do you get this sh+t from?

Your comparing Palestinians with Nazis? Which is deeply offensive and a totally random and ridiculous comparison. The Nazis hated Jews, simply for being Jewish, and in this sense, sought the persecution of an entire people in a horrific and deeply anti-semitic manner. Alternatively, the Palestinians are resisting the Israeli occupation and seizure of their land, which the Israeli state was built upon in 1947, and then Israel illegally expanded into further Palestinians land in 1967, SO ITS NOT VERY SIMILAR REALLY IS IT.

The Nazis were led by pure hatred for Jews, while the Palestinians are led by a desire to resist the Israeli colonial project which is stealing their land, some Palestinian groups have resorted to an armed resistance, but the vast majority have not. This is a shocking comparison you have made, which is completely incorrect.


telegramsam

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 14:39

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Wassamatter Jonathan/adviser, found you cant get away with name-calling under your own name so you resort to one of your others. Who next? Sidney sands? Hawkeye? City ca? You'll be able to stand with your EDL/BNP mates as a private citizen after oct 17.


ibrows

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 14:40

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Jonathan...

'thinks nothing of sharing platforms and demos with EDL supporters'


newsmax

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 14:51

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Well done to these brave people. It may be symbolic but it is a big sign nonetheless.

A large convoy is also approaching Gaza from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Those on the ships and the convoys are incredibly brave and resolute. They are also showing that the momentum for justice for Palestine (in harmony with a secure Israel) is gaining momentum.


Advis3r

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 15:20

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ibrows now resorts to historical revisionism. Israel left Gaza in 2005. It left behind a thriving agricultural business which the Arabs proceeded to trash. By voting in Hamas the Arabs signalled that they had no wish for peace since the Hamas charter calls for the destruction of Israel. This is the only reason for the blockade - the Arabs could so easily bring about a change in the situation - get rid of the terrorists and vote in a leadership committed to peace with the Jewish State but of course ibrows that would not suit you at all would it? Before the Intifada and Arafat, Gazans had almost free access to Israel where great numbers of them worked and a higher standard of living than the Jordanians. So please enough of your lies.I suggest you read this from the Washington Post of 1998
http://www.mideasttruth.com/wp1.html - Israel made he mistake of allowing the arch fascist anti-Semite and kleptomaniac Arafat to take over the leadership of the Palestinians after that it was all down hill. Telegramsam a dope by any other name. Since I do not live in the UK I can't be Jonathan Hoffman can I dummy!


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 16:52

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"You'll be able to stand with your EDL/BNP mates as a private citizen after oct 17."

Spam of UJIA, please explain this reference, I don't understand it.


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 16:56

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http://tinyurl.com/35fcqgk

@Spam of UJIA

Cyberstalking is an offence under the Malicious Communications act and steps are in train to have you identified and prosecuted.


Harvey

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 17:29

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Ibrows

" Where do you get this **** from "

Why Ibrows ,I get it from the Hamas Charter twinned with Mein Kamp .No need for me to post a link ,Im sure you are well aware of the filth contained therein .

If you took the trouble to read what is there and not what you imagine is there you will note that at no time did I mention Palestinians .The phrase I used was " by those who will never countenance so much as one Jew living within their intended Islamic Waquf " referring to Hamas and Fatah .

Try to come up with something a little more robust next time you attempt a rebuttal.


telegramsam

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 17:35

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I think youll find Jonathan, dear boy, that answering on a blog ain't cyberstalking. The reference to October 17 is to the date you get voted off as zf co vice chair or vice co chair or chair. After that date you'll be free to pursue any coalition you like.


Harvey

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 17:42

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News max

" Those on the boats are incredibly brave."

Not really max . More like unwitting dupes of the PSC/ISM brigade who are desperate for a new confrontation in order to gain a few propaganda points .This has nothing to do with aid [ not that it is needed ] for the Palestinians but everything to do with attempts to delegitimise Israel.

Toys on the first boat and rockets curtesy of Iran on the next . Thats why there is a blockade .


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 17:55

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"The reference to October 17 is to the date you get voted off as zf co vice chair or vice co chair or chair."

You ignorant self-hating prrat - there is no election...


telegramsam

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 18:21

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Yes there is or you've been persuaded to fall on your sword, for the good Of the moveMent


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 18:30

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Regarding Reuven Moskovitz: he is being widely termed a 'holocaust survivor'. No doubt the organisers of this farce are giving him that description in order to increase the publicity -- nothing like a Israel-hating Jew with a number on his arm to make the journalists salivate.

Let's be absolutely clear about this token of the Theobald Jews: Reuven Moscovitz was never in a concentration camp


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 18:31

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You know nothing, SpamBoy, as you prove time and time again on these pages...


telegramsam

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 18:43

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Jonathan, that's holocaust revisionism. Fits in well with standing with EDL/BNP. And I'll take no advice from someone whose credibility went out the window when he was forced to write a grovelling apology after making false claims about a photo.


ibrows

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 18:48

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Jonathan

what right do you have to determine who is, or isn't a Holocaust survivor? I seem to remember you also tried to claim the male elderly Holocaust survivor that sought to sail with the original aid flotila, was also not 'really a survivor' (the gentleman in question did not sail in the end due to ill health).


ibrows

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 18:52

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Advis3r

Perhaps you want to read Sara Roy's 'de-development of Gaza'. To see the reality of this, she spent far more time living in Gaza, than your one Washington post author.


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 18:53

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http://www.thejc.com/blogpost/using-bogus-survivors-vilify-israel

The organisers of these exhibitionist stunts love to find their "trophy survivors".

Except they have never been in a concentration camp ...

Says it all really, SpamBoy and Ibrows


telegramsam

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 19:01

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Citing yourself as a source., Jonathan. Talk about megalomania.


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 19:05

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Your post at 17:35 proves you know nothing, Spammer


amber

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 19:05

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Maccoby equates Palerstinian terrorists with Gilad Shalit. But then what do you expect from someone who marches on pro-Hizbollah and pro-Hamas rallies?


amber

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 19:05

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10 Jews eh? What a turn out!


amber

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 19:07

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I wish them nothing good zair - they are self-loathing apologists for an antisemitic terror entity.


ibrows

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 19:12

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Roy's original article published in 1987, which later grew into a book concluded:

'The lack of economic development inside the Gaza strip has been a result of specific Israeli policies which have aimed to restrict, and have in effect, undermined the ability of the Gazan economy to create the necessary infrastructure required for sustained economic growth. In this sense, the economy of the Gaza strip, has, over time, undergone a process of de-development'.

www.palestine-studies.org/files/pdf/jps/1069.pdf

So not quite the 'thriving agricultural business', you depicted really was it?


ibrows

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 19:14

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Jonny

And your sources of 'evidence' (and i use the term loosely), are your own blog, and wikipedia, which can be written by anyone, such as yourself, without any actual knowledge (again like yourself)... not really evidence is it????


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 19:23

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Ibrows

The first resort of those who have nothing of value to say - like you - is to smear those - like me - who provide meticulous references for what they write.

You reveal the intellectual barrenness of your posts with every one....


telegramsam

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 19:30

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Meticulous megalomania more like, citing yourself as a source.


telegramsam

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 19:33

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So will you be falling on your sword for the good of the ZF and its reputation.


ibrows

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 20:29

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Jonny

your getting more hilarious by the day, perhaps a stand-up career beckons?

I cite real scholars such as Morris, Shlaim, and Sara Roy, and you cite yourself...or in other cases you cite, CIFwatch and random backwater blogs, come on

its a closed case, these are real scholars that have examined primary documents and in the case of Roy, spent significant time in Gaza, you are a joke, sat in your armchair


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 21:04

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T-spam: The UJIA "employee" who spends all day on this blog, wasting donors' money; who would rather go to a football match than support Israel; who never had an original thought in his pea-sized brain, preferring instead to flog the tired old EDL horse' and who has no knowledge whatsoever of the ZF.

Ibrows: The anti-intellectual self-hater who cites an author, Sara Roy, whose "Middle East studies publications are by and large propaganda diatribes"

http://frontpagemag.com/2009/11/18/collaborators-in-the-war-against-the-...


amber

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 22:06

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ibrows

You are an obsessive Jew hater. Every single one of your blogs, without exception, is an attack on the Jewish state. That is only possible if you hate Jews. And as I have told you before, the percapita income of Palestinians in Gaza outstripped their Arab brethren in Egypt and Jordan in the years 1967-2000. It nosedived with the launch of the second terror intifada, when Israel closed its doors to Palestinian worlers, due to weekly suicide bombings carried out by Palestinians. ther Israeli presence did not cause poverty, Palestinian commitment to terrorism did.


telegramsam

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 22:09

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Poor Jonathan seems to think that his self-promotional 3 people and a dog (plus a few fascists) demo outside ahava is support for israel.
And what I know of the ZF is that you won't have to worry about it post October 17, when it's good name is restored.


Advis3r

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 22:21

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Sara Roy claims to be a lot of things she is not. However what is true is that after 1967 while the economies of Jordan and Egypt crashed and incomes fell, the economy of the WB and Gaza forged ahead. In 1966, per capita income in Jordan was $2812; that of Egypt was $1879 and that of WB/G was $2500. Syria, Morocco and other non-oil Arab countries were peers. By 1976, after 10 years under Israeli control, WB/Gaza per capita income was $3565, vs. $2775 for Jordan and $2532 for Egypt. Jordan caught up for a while, but its performance (unlike that of the WB/Gaza under Israel) was extremely erratic, and it crashed again before 1993. By 1993, the WB/G figure was $6219, vs. $3524 for Jordan and $3774 for Egypt. The Oslo accords increased the growth rate significantly, so by 1999, the WB figure was $7865, vs. $4483 for Egypt and $3626 for Jordan. It had passed Turkey and Russia, left Syria and Tunisia convincingly behind and was closing in on Iran, Libya and Brazil. Most of its peers at this point were eastern European and Latin American emerging markets.

At this point, Arafat, observing the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, decided that a peace through negotiation wasn't sexy enough. He had to be a war hero and drive the Israelis out.When alumni of the intifadah say they don't want to see a return of the bad old days, they mean that they don't want to go back to hiding in basements. When the businessmen of the West Bank say that they don't want a return of the bad old days, they're thinking of the economic free-fall that occurred when due to Hamas suicide bombings, Israel stopped allowing Palestinian workers into the country, and criminal/terror gangs - often thinly disguised as "resistance" groups - took over the streets of WB cities and used them as terrorist staging areas. Per capita income crashed to $3124 by 2007 (but as lifespan continued to increase, there was no starvation).Just so that you know.


ibrows

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 22:42

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So in short absolutely nothing to do with the Israeli occupation in 1967, it was all great for Gazan's under the occupation, until Arafat came and ruined it, is that what your saying???

Are you serious, do you really believe this, how naive to believe this crap


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 22:47

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You're delusional T-Sham

Hope you have another job lined up

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