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Recently, the ship “The Audacity of Hope” was blocked from setting sail for Gaza by a Greek coast guard patrol boat.
After a short standoff another small boat arrived with Greek soldiers aboard. The soldiers aboard this boat were dressed in all black with masks, helmets and fully automatic machine guns. They looked menacing and poised to kill.
The captain of The Audacity of Hope was forced to turn the ship around and head back to port. The captain was held in jail and eventually released, but he is currently waiting to be charged. Meanwhile the boat is, once again, being forcefully held in the port by Greek authorities.
The US citizens aboard the Audacity of Hope are unarmed civilians, as many of their shirts read. Their mission is an admirable one, hoping to feed and help the refugees of Gaza. The Israeli government is clearly committing human rights violations. By putting pressure on the Greek government to block this humanitarian aid mission, they are condemning the refugees to more pain and suffering.
The people of Gaza deserve the aid that so many selfless people aboard this boat are attempting to bring them. They have the right to know that there are people in The United States who stand in solidarity with them. They have the right to know that there are people who believe that Israel is not entitled to maintain its position of apartheid in the region. They have the right to know that there are People who believe in Palestine’s right to exist.
I am humbled by the determination of the individuals on the Audacity of Hope and the Freedom Flotilla. They have pledged to continue the struggle, and they will sail to Gaza. As a world citizen, I am proud of the actions of these individuals. I am disappointed with our government’s complacency, and support of the Israeli government. Barack Obama needs to read his book another time or two. Man, the audacity of our government!
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An ExxonMobil pipeline burst overnight Friday into the Yellowstone River, around 20 miles west of Billings, Mont. The company quickly shut down the pipeline but oil has traveled more than 10 miles down stream, Exxon officials acknowledged.
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