Alice Walker: Will you carry a letter for Gilad Shalit to Gaza?

By Marian Lebor
June 24, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker is joining an international flotilla of boats sailing to Gaza aboard "The Audacity of Hope". Writing on the CNN website, and in much more detail on her blog, she explains why:

"Our boat, The Audacity of Hope, will be carrying letters to the people of Gaza," Walker writes. "Letters expressing solidarity and love. That is all its cargo will consist of. If the Israeli military attacks us, it will be as if they attacked the mailman."

I'm not going to question here Alice Walker's very strong views on the rights - which belong only to Palestinians - and wrongs - which belong only to Israelis and Jews (although we must be thankful that she does stop herself writing, as she puts it, "the N word" to describe what Israeli/Jewish people have become).

But I am going to ask her if, in the name of humanity, she will include a letter to Gilad Shalit in her cargo. Just one letter, from his parents. A letter expressing soldarity and love to a person in Gaza whose human rights are being trampled on.

Tomorrow it will be five years since Gilad Shalit was kidnapped. What a gesture it would be, if Walker would agree to mark the fifth anniversary by offering to include a letter to Shalit in the cargo.

I am not talking here about the plight of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.

Walker is concerned about THE PEOPLE OF GAZA. She is carrying letters to THE PEOPLE OF GAZA, so that is what I am focusing on. The people of Gaza. Gilad Shalit is currently one of "the people of Gaza".




Fri, 06/24/2011 - 10:47

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A waste of time - they tried it with the last flotilla and they refused. Unfortunately as much as these people would like you to believe it they are far from being humanitarians if they were they would not be attempting to break a legal blockade which they know Israel will not allow them to do but arrange for the aid which they believe is necessay to be sent through proper channels.
This however is no delivery of human aid but a blatant attempt to cause a provocation and even loss of life by anti-Israel militants (not to be confused with peace activists or even pro-Palestinian groups) and they have managed to get a few useful idiots like Alice Walker to join them.If you asked her the question in prson I am sure she will give you all kinds of reasons why she would not be able to do this - pathetic.


Fri, 06/24/2011 - 16:35

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Alice Walkers so called humanitarian efforts are cynical and worthless. Were she to be truly in possession of such lofty principles , she would have used her apparent renown to voice her anger at Palestinian terror during the intifada years when thousands of Israeli civilians were murdered and injured . To my knowledge there were no flotilla protests , no angst and hand wringing , no profound supportive articles or web site comments . In fast nothing . Walker is a hypocrite . Her one sided support for Palestine while ignoring the pain and suffering of Israelis is beneath contempt .


Mon, 06/27/2011 - 16:20

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Marian, I don't think Alice Walker means that each of the 1.5 million plus persons of Gaza are gonna get an individual letter. That would be just so impracticable.

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Mon, 06/27/2011 - 16:48

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I guess the postal service in Gaza isn't that hot.


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