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Where’s the Syria Flotilla?

In May 2010, a Turkish Islamist charity with close ties to Turkey’s ruling party sponsored a flotilla which it claimed was to relieve suffering in the Gaza Strip, never mind that the standard of living in Gaza surpasses that in Turkey, according to several different measures. Many self-described human rights activists and pacifist groups joined the “Save Gaza” chorus and donated their time and money to sponsoring flotillas which, in effect, would support and supply Hamas but contribute little to humanitarian causes. Here, for example, is a press release from the American Friends Service Committee, the Quakers’ non-governmental organization:

HELP LAUNCH A U.S. BOAT TO JOIN THE NEXT GAZA FREEDOM FLOTILLA

Break the Siege of Gaza

THIS IS OUR MOMENT TO ACT

Your Donations Will:
Purchase a Boat
Secure a Sailing Crew
Carry Human Rights Activists to the Shores of Gaza
Help to Rebuild Gaza

SUPPORT A VAST CIVIL SOCIETY EFFORT

The U.S. Government Sends Boats to the Middle East Carrying Arms. We Will Send a Boat to Open the Borders, and to Stand for Human Rights and the Right to Rebuild a Free Palestine.

HOLD ISRAEL ACCOUNTABLE TO INTERNATIONAL LAW

END THE OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE

HELP US SAIL SOON

EVERY MOMENT COUNTS

EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS

Alas, the American Friends Service Committee as well as Mennonite, Presbyterian, and pacifist organizations are silent on the atrocities in Syria, let alone prepared to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people. Others, meanwhile, actively support the Syrian regime. How telling.


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