Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Quousque tandem?

Having recently celebrated the first "White House Seder" (already declared as a "new White House Tradition" by no less than the New York Times, Obama is now working hard on deciding who will make it on the highly coveted list of guests invited to the opening event of the "Jewish Heritage Month" (not to be confused with the President's Annual Hannukah Party).

Spring in the USA is so full of joyful occasions: the "Salute to Israel Festival", "Jewish Heritage Month", the "Education and Sharing Day" in honor of Lubavitcher Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson

In the meantime, the Free Gaza Movement "Freedom Flotilla" heads to Gaza with "nine vessels carrying over 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid for Gaza residents. The flagship vessel departed from Ireland earlier this month and is named after the American peace activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer in March 2003. Israel is vowing to repel the flotilla after stopping at least three Free Gaza sailings since January 2009.

One Free Gaza ship almost sunk after being deliberately rammed by an Israeli vessel. Israel intercepted another ship in international waters and arrested all of its passengers. Another ship was forced to turn back after the Israeli navy threatened to shoot the civilian passengers on board. Israel now says it will also prevent the Freedom Flotilla from reaching Gaza".