Living in the Middle East I see a lot more news about Gaza than I did in France. Here it is a huge story. And of course there is only one ‘right’ side from here.
I am becoming increasingly pro-Palestinian. Obviously I do not condone terrorism or extremism in any form, but having heard about (and seen) the effects of the Gaza blockade, for example, or listened to my friend and former Telegraph man in Jerusalem Tim Butcher tell me the horrific stories of the Israeli bombardment in 2008, I feel very strongly that the people of Gaza need and deserve some good news.
It was heartbreaking to hear that aid destined to alleviate some of their suffering was cruelly snatched away last week with the yob-like attack of the humanitarian flotilla by the Israeli army.
Among those on the flotilla was the Swedish author Henning Mankell whom I have interviewed. He would never have been part of anything violent, however passionately he believes in the Gaza cause. The Israelis have got it badly wrong this time.
I hear the Irish are now sending a flotilla. I think every country across the globe should do the same. What will the Israeli army do when faced with thousands upon thousands of ships all bound for Gaza carrying food and peace activists.
I suppose they might go nuclear on them, but if there were some American ships among them they might think twice…..
Copyright: Helena Frith Powell 2010