Tuesday, 6 July 2010

'Free Gaza' sprayed on Warsaw Ghetto wall by ex-IDF pilot

Although, the Israeli peace movement is no more, there are many Israelis who continue to object to their government's anti-Palestinian policies. One among them is Yonatan Shapira, an Israel Air Force pilot who wrote the Pilot’s Letter – a 2003 statement signed by 27 Israeli pilots who refused to fly over the Palestinian 'territories'. Shapira was kicked out of the IDf because of his protest, and like many other protesters, lost his civilian job (in Shapira's case, as a commercial airline pilot).
A group of Israeli left-wing activists and pro-Palestinian demonstrators last week sprayed graffiti on remnants of the Warsaw Ghetto, calling for all ghettos to be liberated, including Gaza...

..."My action is not controversial," Shapira told Army Radio on Monday. "I am not saying there is a comparison with the monstrosity of Nazi death camps, but I am saying we must talk about the silence in Israel and the world when people are confined in a ghetto-like place."

Shapira went on to call the Israeli public indifferent and said "we will do everything to wake it up, even spray graffiti on an abandoned ghetto wall."

During last week's protest, Shapira said, "Most of my family came from Poland and many of my relatives were killed in the death camps during the Holocaust. When I walk in what was left from the Warsaw Ghetto, I can’t stop thinking about the people of Gaza who are not only locked in an open air prison but are also being bombarded by fighter jets, attack helicopters and drones, flown by people whom I used to serve with before my refusal in 2003."

He continued, "I am also thinking about the delegations of young Israelis that are coming to see the history of our people but also are subjected to militaristic and nationalistic brainwashing on a daily basis. Maybe if they see what we wrote here today they will remember that oppression is oppression, occupation is occupation and crimes against humanity are crimes against humanity, whether they have been committed here in Warsaw or in Gaza." more

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"It's saying that we empathise with the plight of the inhabitants in that area."
The move is another blow to Israel's attempt to isolate the people of the strip.