Are Viva Palestina Troublemakers?

January 09, 2010

George Galloway’s Viva-Palestina convoy finally arrived in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday with a cargo of activists and humanitarian aid.
They’ve made it to the Gaza strip a month after leaving Europe, but its been a month marked by diplomatic tensions, enforced changes of route, and in the final hours, violent clashes with egyptian security forces.
Was it worth it? and could it have been handled differently? What are the politics behind the scenes?

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One thought on “Are Viva Palestina Troublemakers?

  1. I think Egypt is a troublemaker. I think Israel is a troublemaker. I think the US is a troublemaker. I think Egypt’s brutality raised global awareness of what is being done to the human beings of Gaza. Were the people in the convoy all saints? I doubt it. Some may even have been stinkers, no doubt. But if the standard for protest is going to be that we have to all be saints, that’s an impossible standard and it means that there will be no protests. The bottom line is that people made an extraordinary effort to help some people who need help and were treated like villains.

    I wouldn’t be too impressed with Finkelstein backing away from the project. Finkelstein’s heart and head seem to be in the right place, for the most part, but he’s quite dogmatic about what form activism must take, and even about what form activist ideas must take.

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