The principles of the mission are as follows:
- To protest against and challenge the blockade of Gaza, on the basis
that it constitutes an illegal, collective punishment of the whole
population. The blockade is a grossly immoral act subjecting the people
to subsistence living by denying them basic medical services;
reconstruction materials for homes, sewage and fresh water systems; and
the ability and right to fish in their own territorial waters. As a
result, a horrendous public health crisis and mental health catastrophe
is taking place.
- To protest against Israel’s continuing occupation and settlement of
Palestinian land, and the Israeli government’s self-evident intention
of annexing much of that land.
- To make clear that the current policies of Israel are not
representative of all Jews and that there are thousands of us who wish
to say “‘Not in our name.” We uphold the proud Jewish tradition of
justice to champion the rights of the downtrodden and to oppose
prejudice and racism in all forms. We believe in the teachings of Rabbi
Hillel: “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor.
That is the whole Torah.” And we remember the work of Rene Cassin, a
French Jew who shortly after the Holocaust, drafted the text which
became the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, which Israel is
now guilty of grossly violating.
- The current policies towards Gaza are counterproductive. They fuel
the anger of Palestinians, their leaders and supporters throughout the
Arab and wider world and perpetuate the cycle of violence, generating
an aggressive response to Israel which the blockade is intended to
counter. We also believe that Israel’s policies are destructive of the
soul of its own people and sow fear and hatred; a people that oppresses
another can never itself be free.
- The aid goods which we will carry on our small boat are necessarily
symbolic: we will have small pieces of medical equipment like blood
pressure monitors, insulated cool boxes for medicines, antibiotics,
sterile needles and dressings at the request of medical authorities. We
will be taking school books and equipment donated by German
schoolchildren for the children of Gaza; art materials and musical
instruments for the young to support the Gaza Community Mental Health
Program; and fishing nets and fishing tackle for the fishermen of Gaza.
- The strategy is as follows: if, as we expect, the Israeli naval
forces intercept us on our way from international waters into the
territorial waters of Gaza, we will tell them that if they insist on
searching our cargo in order to allow us to continue they may do so
under our inspection, and that, on finding no weapons or goods which
constitute a threat, they will afford us safe passage to Gaza.If they
refuse these conditions, we will state that we do not believe Israel has
the right to blockade Gaza. If they command us to divert to Ashdod,
we will do so peacefully and on the basis they have offered to
previous aid boats, namely to witness their inspection of the cargo and
accompany the cargo into Gaza.
- We, above all, should have a deep understanding of and reject the oppression of others.
The organizers have asked for the following support from Jews and friends around the world:
- Sign the petition to President Obama asking him to ensure safe passage for the Jewish Boat to Gaza.
- Spread the word to your friends, allies and supporters to draw attention to the campaign.
- Donate to the Jewish Boat to Gaza.
Also: German Jews ‘inundated’ with requests to join new Gaza aid flotilla
The complete IOA coverage of the Gaza Flotilla