Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Surfing for Peace
Gazans may not have enough to eat, no place to go, no job to do, no factory to run, but they can now surf!
This break through is thanks to a "surfing for peace" movement that donated surfing boards to Gazans. Israeli companies donated 12 surfing boards. Wow!! (update: NYT has a long article about it)
I really don't like to scoff at any gesture of solidarity no matter how small because we disparately need all. But this particular one I find it hard to stomach. There is something terribly condescending about it. Am I wrong?
An afterthought: In light of the fact that Hamas formed a "marine force" recently, a force that has no boats and no other equipment, which is meant to crack down on drug dealers and prostitutes (I didn't know we have ship loads of prostitutes infiltrating the Gaza shores!), maybe the surf boards will come in handy and tip the balance of marine power.
Update: 8/23/07: Israel shelled Palestinian fishermen on the Gaza coast, destroying 10 boats and arresting 8 men. Details in Arabic. In other words, there wasn't much surfing or much peace.