Jun 11 2010
German-JEWISH flotilla to try to break Israel’s security blockade of Gaza.
*The original Judenrats were Nazi-appointed Jews whose job was to govern Jewish ghettos, select Jews for “relocation” to concentration camps, and communicate orders of the ghetto Nazi masters. At least the Judenrats had the excuse for turning in their fellow Jews because of Nazi threats which were given credence by beatings and executions. Who is threatening the new Judenrats?
Now, a group of German Jews has stepped up efforts to send a humanitarian mission to the Gaza Strip in defiance of the Israeli sea blockade. Increasingly, it looks as though the group will have plenty of competition. The waters off Gaza promise to be busy this summer.
A little over a week after the Israeli raid on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza City — an operation which resulted in 9 dead and global condemnation of Israel — sea-going traffic looks as though it might soon pick up. Several groups have threatened to send ships to test the Israeli blockade, among them a group of Jewish activists based in Germany.
“We want to break the Gaza occupation and end the occupation of the West Bank as well,” Kate Katzenstein-Leiterer, a member of the executive committee of the European Jews for a Just Peace, which is organizing the mission, told SPIEGEL ONLINE. “We as Jews want to bring the Palestinians something other than bombs.”
The group, European Jews for a Just Peace, are made up of pro-Palestinian Jews in Germany and around Europe. They are also interested in dialogue and have twice tried contacting the Israeli Embassy in Berlin to discuss their impending aid shipment. So far, says Katzenstein-Leiterer, they haven’t received a response. SPIEGEL
Now you know why so many Jews went without a struggle to the death camps.