A good friend sent me this:
A small shipping vessel will set sail for Gaza from Cyprus on 5 August expecting to be illegally detained as it enters Gazan waters.
And who will be on it?
There will be 60 people aboard the "Free Gaza" vessel including a Holocaust survivor.
And who is that?
Why, Miss Hedy.
According to Holocaust survivor and crew member Hedy Epstein, in the event that they can get through to Gaza they will "open the port, fish with the fishermen, help in the clinics, and work in the schools." What Epstein hopes to do on this journey is to "remind the world that we will not stand by and watch 1.5 million people suffer death by starvation and disease."
She actually announced she would sail last year and then this past Spring but somehow, there were "waves".
But what intrigued me, and has for the past four decades, is the ability of Jews, more than any other people, to empathize with and sympathize for the enemies of the Jewish people, those who seek to do us harm. What twists their minds so that they lose logic and rationality? That they cannot perceive the harm they are doing to Jewish children, Jewish elderly as well as the real security of the state of Israel? What perverts their thinking that they identify with those who lack morality or who disguise their hostility in such a weak fashion?
Yes, we've had assimilationists, and communists, and cosmopolitan citizens of the whole world. We've had those who have converted out. But one would think that this has been going on for centuries and nothing good has come from these efforts. Cannot these people consider that they are in error and their mistake is doing too much harm?
I am left with the thought that of the many mysteries and insoluble situations the Jewish people has caused, directly or indirectly, this is the most odd, the most peculiar and the most damaging.
Who will save us from our "friends and co-religionists"?