For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
The Mavi Marmara left the port of Haifi on Thursday under tow by a Turkish tugboat and two other ships from the "Gaza aid flotilla" set sail for home on Friday, all three vessels are expected to reach the port of Iskendurun by Tuesday. The incident between the alleged aid flotilla and the IDF which put the world on edge May 31st is still being investigated by the United Nations. Meanwhile Israel's naval blockade remains intact and continues to check the flow of weapons into the Gaza Strip despite international condemnation.
Food, medicine and essential supplies continue to reach the Palestinian people in Gaza with little or no difficulty. The roughly 1.5 million people inhabiting the Gaza Strip can count on their friends in the Muslim world and the international community to help provide for their needs. Charity of course takes on many forms and there are times when it is prudent to look the gift horse in the mouth.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI ) reports that among the medical supplies sent to Gaza by their trusted benefactors is two million dollars worth of Tamiflu which arrived well after the threat of H1N1 had passed. Mounir Al-Boursh, an official with the Gaza Health Ministry has remarked that "some countries get rid of their stocks" under the cloak of providing aid.
I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"