Testing shallow waters

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Pro-Palestinian activists,  tried to test the  waters again on Monday, but ended in a violent confrontation with  Israeli soldiers  that left nine people dead and several injured.

The boat’s goal- to deliver “humanitarian aid”, was the most ambitious attempt to break through the Gaza blockade.

The Free Gaza Movements said in their website that they only wanted “to raise international awareness about the prison-like closure of Gaza and pressure the international community to review its sanctions policy and end its support for continued Israeli occupation.”

The Israeli government said that the flotilla’s goal is not about aid but  to show a political stunt . In a report by CNN, Danny Ayalon, the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, said: “The organizers’ intent was violent, their method was violent and the results were unfortunately violent.”

According to Israeli minister, Silvan Shalom, allowing these boats to reach Gaza, is an opportunity to bring in  “missiles, mortars and Iranians who will help them arm and train [terrorists].”

Despite several warnings that Israel bans direct shipments to Gaza, and that there are other peaceful channels to bring aid, the boat still pursued. The persistence of these activists stemmed from the Security Council Resolution 1860, passed in January 2009 during the Gaza war.

If the waters are open for all humanitarian shipments without inspection, it’s just like  the Israelis are giving everyone, even terrorists, the freedom to transport weapons right under their noses.

And there is no stopping these activists.  Next week another ship, Rachel Corrie, will test the waters again, to challenge the naval blockade.

The dispute of the Israel land has been present even in Moses’ time.    After years of bloodshed, can people  just kiss and make-up just to uphold an 1860 UN resolution? Based from studies,  change management is necessary first, and not force the issue right away.

If they want peace, trust and forgiveness should be  established between the two nations and its people  first.

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