Members of Swedish Parliament demand security for Ship to Gaza

Press release 20 May 2010
Members of Swedish Parliament demand security for Ship to Gaza

“As the convoy is setting sail this weekend, Ship to Gaza-Sweden wishes to emphasize how important a response from the government is regarding this matter. “

Ships to Gaza

On Wednesday, Helén Pettersson, Social Democratic member of the Swedish Parliament, submitted a written inquiry to Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, asking what measures the government intends to take in order to protect Ship to Gazas peaceful, lawful, humanitarian initiative.

The reason for the inquiry is that Ship to Gaza and the Freedom Flotillathe coalition in which the Swedish initiative will be included has been threatened with military resistance from Israeli authorities and private individuals. The following is Pettersons inquiry in its entirety:

One and a half million Palestinians are living in isolation on the Gaza Strip, in pure misery.

There is a shortage of food, medicine and other necessities, such as building materials to repair homes, schools and other buildings which were destroyed by the bombings during the war around Christmas in 2008.

In order to address the situation, Ship to Gaza is planning to take the sea route to Gaza, bringing medicine, desalination plants, cement, etc. in order to help the people in need.

Ship to Gaza is a politically and religiously independent, non-profit organization that is working to promote increased respect for human rights and general international law. Israels government has now threatened to stop Ship to Gaza and to use force if necessary. Does the Foreign Minister intend to protect this humanitarian initiative?

As early as last week, Mehmet Kaplan of the Green Party of Sweden requested a meeting with the Foreign Minister, along with Ship to Gaza spokespersons Dror Feiler and Mattias Gardell, in order to discuss which security measures the Swedish government plans to take.

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has still not responded to any of the questions.

As the convoy is setting sail this weekend, Ship to Gaza-Sweden wishes to emphasize how important a response from the government is regarding this matter.

Especially since the Israeli media is reporting that the Swedish Ambassador to Israel has informed the Israeli government that she and the Swedish government intend to discourage Swedish citizens from participating in the Freedom Flotillas peaceful, lawful, humanitarian convoy.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and several other human rights organizations have all condemned the blockade. Furthermore, the director of U.N. relief operations in Gaza, John Ging, welcomes initiatives such as Ship to Gaza, in order to break the blockade.

Ship to Gaza-Sweden
Contact: Mattias Gardell: +46 703036666
Dror Feiler: +46 702855777
Free Gaza Movement
Contact: Greta Berlin: +33 607374512
www.freegaza.org

3 thoughts on “Members of Swedish Parliament demand security for Ship to Gaza

  1. Hello Jill,

    I do not have time to correct all the factual mistakes and lack of logic in your comments above.

    But to say that Yasser Arafat was not a Palestinian is absolute nonsense.

    He led his people for over 40 years until his death. He was besieged by the Israeli state on many occasions. Like his poeple he lived much of his life in exile. Palestinians knew Yasser Arafat’s faults but they will tell you that he never sold out his people even though he made some tragic mistakes.

    However, when Arafat had died and the heliocopter returned his body to Ramallah, his people took his coffin into their arms, they cried for the man that had served his people for so long.

    Arafat gave his life for the Palestinians so that they could be free.

    Here is a chart showing population density and Palestinian casualties from the 2008 Israeli Assault on Gaza:

    Assault on Gaza - casualties

  2. Ah yes, i’d forgotten the Swedes are just as stipd and antiSemitic as all of Europe. boy, they mad e agreat bargain letting all those M uslims into Seden, didn’t they, to the point that so mnay gays are bashed by Muslims, the Sedish girls were ebing raped so often some of them invented an antirape chastity belt, and Muslims atrtack so many Jews that Jews are leaving. And a Scandinavian female professor advised Scandinavian girl to cover up and adapt to Muslims customs! What a thrill to live in an Islamic state – oh that’s right, that’s where the Palestinian s have been living for the last 5 years – ever since Israel LEFT GAZA!

    This by Ali Sina:
    There has never been a country called Palestine and the Palestinians don’t intend to create one either.

    In a March 31, 1977 interview with the Amsterdam-based newspaper “Dagblad de Verdieping Trouw”, March 31, 1977, PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein said: “The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism. For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”

    During a meeting with leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1976, Syrian President Hafiz al-Asad referred to Palestine as a region of Syria, as Southern Syria. He then went on to tell the Palestinians:

    “You do not represent Palestine as much as we do. Do not forget one thing: there is no Palestinian people, no Palestinian entity, there is only Syria! You are an integral part of the Syrian people and Palestine is an integral part of Syria. Therefore it is we, the Syrian authorities, who are the real representatives of the Palestinian people.”

    In 1956, the representative of Saudi Arabia at the United Nations said: “It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but Southern Syria”.

    The report of the British Royal Commission, 1913 says:

    “The Ottoman Turks, who ruled this area from the year 1516 to 1917, regarded it as part of Southern Syria. The land later referred to as “Palestine” was divided into three separate districts. The area was underpopulated and remained economically stagnant until the arrival of the first Zionist pioneers in the 1880’s, who came to rebuild the Jewish land. The country had remained “The Holy Land” in the religious and historic consciousness of mankind, which associated it with the Bible and the history of the Jewish People. Jewish development of the country also attracted large numbers of other immigrants – both Jewish and Arab.”

    Wilder’s proposal is not only logical it is also historically accurate. Palestinians in Israel must go to their own countries and leave the Jewish land to Israelis.

    Walid Shoebat, a Palestinian himself, writes: “As I lived in Palestine, everyone I knew could trace their heritage back to the original country their great grandparents came from. Everyone knew their origin was not from the Canaanites, but ironically, this is the kind of stuff our education in the Middle East included. The fact is that today’s Palestinians are immigrants from the surrounding nations! I grew up well knowing the history and origins of today’s Palestinians as being from Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Christians from Greece, muslim Sherkas from Russia, muslims from Bosnia, and the Jordanians next door. My grandfather, who was a dignitary in Bethlehem, almost lost his life by Abdul Qader Al-Husseni (the leader of the Palestinian revolution) after being accused of selling land to Jews. He used to tell us that his village Beit Sahur (The Shepherds Fields) in Bethlehem County was empty before his father settled in the area with six other families. The town has now grown to 30,000 inhabitants”.

    So, when and why the Arabs started migrating to Israel? Joan Peters in her book “From Time Immemorial” answers this question. She writes that the return of the Jews in 1800’s and early 1900’s created jobs and Arabs from impoverished areas were drawn into the Holy Land for work. She adds that in 1948 so many Arabs were new to the area and could not qualify for the UN requirement for refugee status (people forced to leave “permanent” or “habitual” homes) that they added a clause permitting refugee status for Arabs who had been there as little as two years. In other words the Palestinians came to Israel to work for the Jews and now claim the ownership of the land.

    One hundred and eighty years before Muhammad came to the Jewish town of Yathrib, Yemen was flooded and two of its tribes headed north. They were accepted by the Jews as refugees. They worked for the Jews and prospered. They formed alliances with the Jews and intermarried with them. But when they converted to Islam they banished some of the Jews and massacred others, took their properties and changed the name of the town to Madinatul Nabi (Prophet’s town).

    There seems to be a pattern. Today Muslim immigrants in Europe are already claiming ownership of their host countries. They have their own laws and have established no go zones for the native people and even police.

    Wilder’s proposal must be supported. It is the only viable solution to peace in the Middle East. Let us not forget that the war in the Middle East is not about land. It is about Jihad. It is a step towards world domination.

    Yasser Arafat (an Egyptian himself) said, “Peace for us means the destruction of Israel”.

    Fouad Ajami, in Dream Palaces of the Arabs quotes Hussein Massawi, former leader of Hezbollah who said, “We are not fighting you because we want something from you. We are fighting you because we want to destroy you.”

    In May 15 1948, Azzam Pasha, Sec. Gen. of Arab league said: “This will be a war of extermination”.

    In April 11, 1967, Nasser, the Egyptian dictator, explaining the build-up of armed forces said, “Our aim is the full restoration of rights of the Palestinian people,” in other words “the destruction of the State of Israel”.

    In May 20 of the same year, Hafez el Assad’s, Syrian Minister of Defense said, “The time has come to enter into a battle of annihilation.”

    Two months later, Yassir Arafat & Khalad Hassan re Israel’s post-war peace initiative stated. “Horrific! If the Arab states made peace with Israel, the Palestinian cause would be lost forever” [quoted in Alan Hart, Arafat – Terrorist or Peacemaker]

    And a year later, Palestinian National Charter wowed: “The liberation of Palestine will destroy the Zionist and imperialist presence.”

    So really, there are two ways to end the conflict in the Middle East – the Islamic way, i.e. the destruction of Israel or the rational way, i.e. resettling the Palestinians in their own homelands: Jordan and Syria.

    Resettlement of Palestinian immigrants to the Jewish land in their own homelands may not be cheap, but in the long run it is going to be a lot less expensive than feeding a perpetual war.

    Defending Israel is not just morally right, as Wilder rightly says, Israel is our first line of defense. Muslims see the destruction of Israel as the first sign of the “Hour” [of Resurrection] when they will have to wage jihad on all mankind.

    Dr. Ahmed Yousuf Abu Halabiyah, member of the Palestinian Sharia Rulings Council, and Rector of Advanced Studies, the Islamic University, expressed this commonly held Islamic belief on PA TV. On July 28, 2000 he said. The Hour [of Resurrection] will not take place until you will fight the Jews and kill them.”

    On September 10, 2004, Sheikh Ibrahim Mudayris, head of Association for Memorizing the Quran, PA Ministry of Endowments & Religious Affairs, using the same PA TV, reiterated the same belief and said: “The Hour will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Muslims kill them. The Muslims will kill the Jews, rejoice!”

    Muslims see the destruction of Israel as the sign of the “Hour” and the first step towards world domination. The sacrifice of Israel will not end the war; it will be its beginning.
    ****

What do you think about this article?