Group plans Cyprus voyage to protest Turkish occupation
MKs on right slam cabinet for releasing all Turkish activists.
A group of angry Israelis announced on Thursday night that they willÂ leave forÂ Cyprus next week on a flotilla and call for an end to the Turkish occupation of half of the island and its reunification under Cypriot rule.
The group includes Alex Goldfarb, who was an MK in the Tzomet and Yiud parties in the 1990s, and Meretz activist Pinhas Har-Zahav of Modi’in.
An unnamed wealthy Israeli donor is subsidizing the initiative.
And this is what happens when Islam takes over:
No more multiculti, tolerance or diversity
- An Open Letter to Turkey/Sultan Knish
MKs on the Right accused the security cabinet on Thursday of buckling under Turkish pressure when it decided to release every Turkish passenger on the Gaza flotilla, even if there was explicit photographic evidence that they attacked IDF soldiers.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu urged the step in an effort to repair damaged relations with Turkey, and the security cabinet ministers obliged.
The Turkish activists were greeted as heroes when they returned to their country on Thursday. One even boasted that he made an effort to die as a martyr but was unsuccessful.
“I understand Netanyahu’s desire to minimize damage, but I cannot understand the betrayal of the soldiers who see the terrorists who shot at them and stabbed them leaving the country without trial,” National Union MK Arye Eldad said. “Israel has unjustifiably freed many terrorists from prison in the past, but I don’t remember an instance when terrorists who attempted to murder soldiers were not even brought to trial.”
United Arab List-Ta’al MK Ahmed Tibi responded to the departure of the Turkish activists by calling the charges against them baseless.
“There is no proof that they were carrying arms or that they attacked soldiers,” Tibi said. “Israel knows that the tragic result of firing on peace activists is rightfully seen by the world as a crime, so they are trying to cut their losses. Israel had no choice but to release these peace activists.”
‘Free Gaza’ to shut Cyprus office
NICOSIA,Â CyprusÂ â€” A spokeswoman for a pro-Palestinian group behindÂ several attempts to breach Israel’s Gaza blockade by ship said it will shut down the group’sCyprusÂ headquarters on Saturday, but won’t stop sending ships to the Palestinian territory.
GretaÂ Berlin of the Free Gaza Movement said on Saturday the group could relocate its offices to Londonistan and that plans to send another flotilla of ships to Gaza in the early fall is still on.
The Vatican Shows Confusion Instead of Leadership
It’s not easy walking through the minefield called Middle Eastern politics, and a Vatican document released Sunday managed to criticize Israel, Egypt, Islam and even Christian fundamentalists
“The Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories is creating difficulties in everyday life, inhibiting freedom of movement, the economy and religious life,” the document said. “Moreover, certain Christian fundamentalist theologies use Sacred Scripture to justify Israel’s occupation of Palestine.”
“In Egypt, the rise of political Islam, on the one hand, and the disengagement of Christians (forcefully at times) from civil society on the other, lead to severe difficulties,” the document said, adding that there is also an Islamic push taking place in Egypt through the media and through schools.
The Vatican has tried to improve relations with the Muslim world in recent years, with Pope Benedict visiting mosques on trips to both Turkey and Jordan. But Sunday’s document said the dialogue between Christianity and Islam is never easy.
“Oftentimes, relations between Christians and Muslim are difficult,” it said, “because Muslims make no distinction between religion and politics, thereby relegating Christians to the precarious position of being considered non-citizens, despite the fact they were citizens of their countries long before the rise of Islam.”