Some people in Canada want to put their country into the same class of notoriety as Turkey and Iran by sending a boat with supplies to Gaza, which is supposed to break the so-called blockade. In addition to the usual left-wing loons and academics, even unions are involved in this dubious venture (particularly that of the Canadian postal workers).
However, the price to equip and send that boat (named The Sea Hitler by its opponents) is quite steep; the organizers need to collect $300,000 to finance it. One of the initiatives they came up with to get some of the money was the fundraising cruise in the Lake Ontario, which took place in the night of September 25.
The Jewish Defence League-Canada announced early on that they would protest the event and confront the participants upon their arrival after the cruise. The purpose was to make clear that the organizers of the boat mission would support a terrorist organization (wilfully or due to ignorance) while claiming that they are helping the “poor Gazans.”
Maybe we have to state again the facts that the Gaza boat people conveniently forget. They plan to deal directly with the Gazan government, which is controlled by Hamas, a terrorist organization. The argument is that Hamas was lawfully elected, but that doesn’t legitimize them (it’s worth noting that Hitler was also lawfully elected). After the elections, Hamas took control over Gaza by eliminating Fatah and killing hundreds of Arabs, who supported it. They have always clearly declared that their goal is the annihilation of Israel. They have fired thousands of missiles into the Israeli territory killing mostly civilians. Just few weeks ago when militants shot in cold blood a pregnant woman and three other Israelis, Hamas proudly took responsibility and organized a noisy celebration in Gaza.
The vast majority of the world’s governments agree that Hamas is a terrorist organization and they don’t maintain any ties with it. In Canada raising money for them is considered illegal by law.
Beside that, the reality in Gaza is far from the image of the “starving concentration camp” that the lefties are trying to project. The Arabs there receive millions of dollars in UN aid, most of the goods are allowed in by Israel and nobody knows how much more things are smuggled in from Egypt through the underground tunnels. According to The Economist, Gaza is third in the world with regard to female obesity – nearly 43% of the women there are overweight. It’s hard to imagine that all those fat people are really starving…
That was the point that JDL Canada wanted to make in that cold September night. It was worth it, because even though the organizers of the boat mission knew very well what they were doing, many of the people suckered into that venture probably just didn’t bother to think about finding out the truth. A wake up call is what they needed.
The cruise boat was scheduled to return at 9:30 p.m., but it took much longer. The participants in the demonstration waited patiently, sipping coffee and hot chocolate, trying to keep warm in the windy night.
Meanwhile, the police started showing up: four officers in a boat, then several in cars, and even few on bicycles. Few of them were tense and nervous, probably expecting a violent confrontation. Although all the people were peaceful and calm, they had to move everybody further from the place were the boat was supposed to arrive, all the way to Queens Quay.
Shortly after 10:30 the boat appeared in the lake and slowly headed for the shore. Loud, non-sharia music was playing on board. When it finally stopped, it took over twenty minutes for the “donors” to get off the boat and none of them left right away. Surprisingly, there were not that many of them, only about 75 people. The police officers kept JDL off the road, still very tense.
Finally, the people from the cruise headed toward the street, passing by the protesters. Waiving Israeli flags and holding signs, JDL clearly and loudly started to express their opinions about the fundraiser: “You support terrorists!” “You collect money for baby killers!” You could feel in their voices the bitterness of people, who have suffered enough and are determined to never allow that to happen again.
Of course, the other side was far from feeling any remorse or guilt. They started to shout pro-Palestinian slogans, accompanied from time to time by obscene gestures. Fortunately, the police stood firmly between the two groups, so nothing bad happened.
To a side observer, there is probably something Quixotic in the attempt of a small group to state loudly the truth and reverse the public opinion. It’s no secret that most of the press and media in Canada have never condemned the anti-Israeli sentiments and actions and the pro-Islamic propaganda is very strong. However, it is important to always assert the truth, because even slowly and painfully, the truth eventually always prevails. And let’s not forget David and Goliath as well…
Here are some more pictures from that night (sorry for the bad quality, but it was very dark):