As the Free Gaza flotilla approaches the shores of besieged Gaza (or, in the felicitous phrase of the Goldstone Report, "effectively occupied Gaza"), I can only wish a shalom aleikhem to the gallant captains, crews, and passagengers. The Israeli media coverage has been dismissive; the biggest chutzpah of a putdown was that if the organizers really wanted to get humanitarian supplies to the Gazans, they would give their cargo over to the Israelis, who would deliver it for them. That has got to be the joke of the week.
Is the point of the Free Gaza flotilla to make Israel look bad? Well, if that were the case, then the rational response of Israel would be to allow the flotilla and all ships through the blockade. But how long has it been since Israel acted rationally? Israel will try to think of some way of stopping the boats so that it looks as if they stopped themselves.
For some cynics, the Free Gaza flotilla may appear like a sideshow. After all, what can a few boats do? But I say to the organizers, "Thank you for caring," and I urge my readers to make a donation to their cause here