. . . . . . forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Rachel Aliene Corrie A student at the Evergreen State College, she had taken a year off and travelled to the Gaza Strip during the Second Intifada. An American activist and member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who was killed by a bulldozer operated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) while attempting to prevent IDF forces from demolishing the home of local Palestinian pharmacist Samir Nasrallah. According to the New York Times, Corrie and others were acting as "human shields."
Today as you read this a flotilla of humanitarian aid ships sent from Ireland, Greece and Turkey to help people in Gaza will not be allowed in, Israel has warned. A coalition of international groups has sent the three cargo and five passenger ships to the small coastal enclave. Included in the ‘Freedom Flotilla’ are a 1,200-ton cargo ship and Turkish cruise ship Mavi Marmara.
They have been gathering in the waters off Cyprus but a statement from Israel’s foreign ministry said: "Israel has no intention of allowing the flotilla to enter Gaza." They claim to no longer occupy Gaza since it removed soldiers and settlers from the strip in 2005. Other countries and the United Nations have said Israel’s control of Gaza’s borders, airspace and sea means it is still an occupying power there. Asked about the flotilla, Israeli deputy prime minister Dan Meridor linked it to the fate of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit. "If the people who rule Gaza let Gilad Shalit go then everything will look different," he said. "They’re causing damage to their own people." Israel has maintained a crippling blockade of Gaza since Hamas took control [ In a legally held election] of the strip in 2007 letting in nothing more than basic foods and medical supplies. Gaza urgently needs cement to rebuild thousands of homes destroyed by Israel’s offensive last January, according to the UN. The flotilla is thought to be carrying thousands of tons of aid supplies.
I’m here for other children.
I’m here because I care.
I’m here because children everywhere are suffering and because forty thousand people die each day from hunger.
I’m here because those people are mostly children.
We have got to understand that the poor are all around us and we are ignoring them.
We have got to understand that these deaths are preventable.
We have got to understand that people in third world countries think and care and smile and cry just like us.
We have got to understand that they dream our dreams and we dream theirs.
We have got to understand that they are us. We are them.
My dream is to stop hunger by the year 2000.
My dream is to give the poor a chance.
My dream is to save the 40,000 people who die each day.
My dream can and will come true if we all look into the future and see the light that shines there.
If we ignore hunger, that light will go out.
If we all help and work together, it will grow and burn free with the potential of tomorrow.
I reproduce this because I care . . . . . . . .