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Aug 7, 2006 1:57 am


Resurrect the Peace Ship!



People keep asking me what we can do to stop the war in Lebanon and Palestine/Israel without taking"sides" and supporting the violence in some way. Here's my humble idea:

An international call for a peace ship to break the Israeli blockade and bring relief supplies to civilians in Lebanon, Israel and Gaza

In 1973, the Israeli peace activist Abie Nathan sailed from New York to the international waters of the Israeli coast, with an international crew, and for twenty years broadcast as a"pirate" radio station featuring music, news and commentary that Israelis and their neighbors weren't being exposed to through official media outlets. He did this in order to challenge the militaristic mentality of Israeli society and the oppression of its neighbors. John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and numerous well known newspeople supported the endeavor, which continued until 1993, when blinded by the signing of the Oslo Accords in Washington and running out of money, Nathan had the ship sunk in international waters. He hoped his work was done.


Now that Oslo has been revealed to have been an empty dream, and Israel has re-invaded Lebanon, it is time to resurrect the Peace Ship, but in a much more proactive form.

We are calling for progressives world wide, particularly public figures who whose presence would provide both media coverage and security from Israeli attack, to come together, charter a ship filled with medical and other relief supplies, and sail from Cyprus or another coast close to Lebanon, either alone or with accompanying ships, into the Beirut Harbor, thereby breaking the Israeli blockade. We will use the time on the ship to educate ourselves and the world community through broadcasts via the web and the media on board, about the history of the region and its contemporary dynamics, bring in leading artists and newspeople to perform and discuss events, do trainings in non-violent resistance led by the Christian Peacemaker Teams, Ruckus Society, Code Pink, Non-violent Peace Force and other groups with experience doing this kind of work, and otherwise prepare the ground work for a "peace invasion" that would mark the entrance of a new and powerful force into this war in the same way that the "D-Day" invasion changed the course of World War Two.

We will then to to Haifa Harbour to bring supplies to Israeli civilians--Jews and Palestinians--affected by the war, and finally break the blockade of Gaza Port and bring aid and solidarity to the million plus Palestinians imprisoned there.

If anyone would like to support this endeavor, please contact me at <mlevine@uci.edu>.



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Greg L. Hampton - 8/7/2006

It's more likely the Hezbo's will sink your peace ship than anything else.

The US is working very hard to get a vast quanity of humanitarian relief to the citizens of Lebanon. It's interesting that very few other nations are lifing a finger to get relief to Lebanon. As usual the "Hate America" crowd would ignore the efforts of the Bush Administration through the work of Condi Rice to get needed humanitarian supplies into Lebanon. Want the humanitarian relief to really flow? Stop supporting the Hezbo's and their handliers. Encourage Lebanon to ai Israel in kicking the snot out of these terrorists....the quicker the Hezbo's are defanged and defeated...the quicker the Iran/Syrian influences are ejected from Lebanon....the better everyone in that region will be.