Let's not miss the whole point of the Free Gaza flotilla

Jun 01, 2010
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We might as well say it now: The truth about what happened in the Mediterranean 60 miles from Gaza went down with the dead activists. But does that matter?

Now, we can hope for something out of this whole fiasco.

No, it is not for an independent inquiry onto what happened. That would be nice. It would tell us who to (rightly) point fingers at, but it would make very little difference in retrospect.

Even as the Israeli army today pushed out its footage showing soldiers being attacked by the crowds, it made no difference to crowds from Britain to Pakistan, condemning Israel. Most of those who care have already made up their minds about what happened out there at sea and who's at fault, and there is very little changing sides when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Often it's the Bush doctrine at play: you are either with us or against us.

Thus, the only meaningful change that can come out is this: the appalling conditions under which the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

And that is what matters. That was the point of the whole Free Gaza movement, right? Long after the activists Israel arrested from the ships are deported and sent home, long after those who were died on this mission are laid to rest, the Gazans will still need to be freed from the hellhole that is their home, from which the Israelis till now, have effectively locked them in.

Let's not forget that in the midst of all the fingerpointing. Then maybe, those on board would not have died for nothing.


dan-chyi chua

Dan-Chyi Chua was a broadcast journalist, before forsaking Goggle Box Glitz for the Open Road. A three-year foray led her through the Middle East, China, SE Asia, Latin America and Cuba, and she's now grounded herself as a writer for theasiamag.com, content with spending her days in Jerusalem.

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