Saturday, June 19, 2010
Next showdown with Israel will be 50 women headed for Gaza
by Larry Geller
It’s Sunday already on the other side of the planet from Hawaii. Shortly a ship named Miriam will sail from Tripoli with medication for cancer patients and 50 women aboard. They will head to Cyprus and then to Gaza, expecting to arrive June 23-25.
The world will be watching what Israel does. Will they dare shoot up a boatload of women? Will they decide to attack Lebanon in revenge? Will they steal more cameras, cellphones and debit cards from the passengers?
On Thursday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned the Lebanese government that it would be held responsible for ships sailing from Lebanon to the Gaza Strip, Israel Radio reported.
Samar al-Hajj, who is organizing the Miriam voyage to Gaza, thanked Israel "for its threats which only strengthened these women's willpower to make the trip. I tell the Israelis we are not afraid and we are going on with our plans." [Haretz, Israel to UN: We reserve the right to stop Lebanon Gaza-bound flotilla, 6/19/2010]
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