What does one do when you have been thrown under a bus?
Apparently, one takes the ferry – to Gaza.
What does the President of the U.S.A. do when the ones he threw under the bus take the ferry to Gaza?
The next attempt to break the Gaza Blockade will be a US boat with a passenger list best known, at least recently, for their connections to Barack Obama. Just in case this connection may be missed – or ignored by the media – the boat has been named Audacity of Hope†, the title of the son-to-be elected Presidential bestseller.
The passenger list includes Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi who held what was described as a successful fundraiser in 2000 for Obama’s failed bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. In turn 2003, Obama delivered a glowing in-person testimonial for Khalidi when he left Chicago for Columbia. Khalidi and organisation he represented made anti Israel speeches while Obama was present‡.
Another organiser is Naomi Esther Jaffe, who founded the Weather Underground terrorist organization along with William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Jaffe engaged in fundraising efforts for Obama’s presidential campaign, even advertising a “Yoga for Obama” event on Obama’s campaign website. Ayers and Dohrn were close associates for years with Obama, while another Flotilla organizer Jodie Evans from the radical CODE PINK group was a fundraiser for Obama’s presidential campaign.
It remains to be seen how the President will react to all this. Whether the Audacity of Hope leaves before or after November may well be a strong consideration.
Tthe right-hand five-in-a-star icon has a strangely familiar image and question marks. We may have to wait until the boat sails (if it does) to see if the blindfold is lifted and whose face decorates the rubber ducky.
What can we do?
- If you are an American citizen contact your congressional representative. There is a strong argument that the US organisers should be investigated under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, for providing material support to Hamas, which is designated by the State Department as a terrorist organization. Ask for a public dissociation from the flotilla enterprise.
- Be on the lookout for fund-raising activities in your local area. Be ready, as always with instant comments and letters to the editor.
- Even better, be pro-active. Have an anti flotilla op-ed ready and submit it as soon as anything is announced about pro flotilla activities in your area.
- Prepare a counter demonstration to raise money for a ship-to-ship rocket to blow these American heroes out of the water. 🙂 I’m preparing to deny I ever suggested this as you read this.
† The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (2006) by Barack Obama. It was No.1 on the New York Times bestseller list. By the time I read it, one year into his term it had been reduced to half-price.
‡ Much of the detail for this Action Item is taken directly from ‘Audacity of Hope’ vs. State of Israel: The battle begins by Aaron Klein