News of civilised Israelis and Palestinians working for years in a more low key way for a peaceful future was given in an earlier post.
The catamaran, Irene, named after the Greek goddess of peace, set sail on Sunday from northern Cyprus for Gaza, carrying nine Jewish passengers from Israel, Europe and the United States.
The British group, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, organized the voyage. The group plans to deliver medical equipment, children’s toys and other supplies to Gaza.
One passenger, Rami Elhanan, an Israeli whose daughter Smadar was killed in a suicide bombing at a shopping mall in Jerusalem in 1997, said it was his “moral duty” to act in support of Palestinians in Gaza because reconciliation was the surest path to peace. “Those 1.5 million people in Gaza are victims exactly as I am,” Elhanan, 60, said in an interview.
“We are banging our head on a very hard wall of hatred. Our hope is to make little cracks on that wall, so that in the end it will fall.
As they intend to breach Israel’s naval blockade, the situation will test the wisdom of both parties.
From General Eustace D’Souza, Mumbai:
“Good news indeed. In the final analysis a peaceful solution lies between the peoples of the two countries. We are hoping that this will happen in Kashmir.”