Saturday, 17 August 2013

Noam Chomsky: The significance of Gaza’s Ark and how it differs from previous Flotilla efforts

Noam Chomsky: The significance of Gaza’s Ark and how it differs from previous Flotilla efforts
A number of Palestinian civil society organizations have said very clearly: they do not want to depend on humanitarian aid; they need their freedom to live in dignity. The economy of Gaza has been very prosperous in the past; it can be again in the future. To get there, the entire humanitarian “aid” in the world will be insufficient without the political will to end the blockade.

The economic contribution of a boat with 40 cubic meters of goods is necessarily symbolic: the important thing is the political gesture to assert the Palestinians’ right to freedom of movement and economic sovereignty. Our slogan is not so much against aid as it is also for (fair) trade, and more broadly, in favor of economic sovereignty. more

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