‘Mother Mary’ sending Gaza blockade-busting nuns

Pix of Samar Hajj (by Mona Alami/IPS)

O-M-G!! The Israeli commandos had better prepare to be unmanned. The next flotilla is women-only.

The ship Julia sailing from Libya will carry some 50 female activists, including American nuns. The voyage is called ‘Maryam’.

How the expedition got its name:

“After the Mavi Marmaris [Marvara Marmara] incident, one of the women hailed Mary during our weekly meeting. Her exclamation came like a revelation, so we decided to call our ship Maryam (Mary in Arabic). The name was perfect for a vessel that comprised only women. Who could disparage the Virgin Mary, a recognised saint in most religions?” says Hajj [Samar Hajj, one of the expedition organisers] – IPS report.

Who’s onboard?

“All women travelling on the ship have taken on the name Maryam and are distinguishable by a number, like Maryam 1, Maryam 2, etc. We prefer to keep identities secret to avoid pressure from respective embassies,” adds Hajj.

A Jerusalem Post article is less kind. JP leads off its story: “Women are ‘the new secret weapon’ in use against the ‘thieving enemy,’ said Samar Alhaj, the woman leading the Lebanese boat that is scheduled to try to break the naval blockade on Gaza in an interview with a regional Israeli Arabic- language radio station in Nazareth.”

Asked why the ship would only be carrying women, Samar said, “We are women in order not to give the thieving enemy an excuse to use arms against the ship.”

The ‘impressive woman’ Samar Hajj [her name is spelled variedly in the different reports] is one smart cookie. She’s quoted by IPS as saying, “We have the option to sail from a number of friendly ports and are completely aware of our obligation to transit through a foreign port to avoid our trip being labeled an act of war.”

JP provided this piece of info: “Alhaj is the wife of an officer in the Lebanese security service who was jailed for four years for alleged involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Alhaj and her husband met with Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah on May 22.”

Erm, do the Israelis see terrorist connections behind every bush (and boat)?

Samar throws down the gauntlet: “We don’t have scud missiles or any other missiles, and you will see what they will do to us.”

This flotilla comes after the debut which included Malaysian participants, followed by the Libya flotilla, the Iran (maybe yes-maybe no-not sure) flotilla and the Yemen flotilla. An American effort is on the cards with a ship named ‘The Audacity of Hope’.

The whole world is sailing to the strip … it must be Visit Israel Year (Cuti-cuti Tel Aviv).

5 Responses to “‘Mother Mary’ sending Gaza blockade-busting nuns”
  1. Katharina Sri (ex Noor Aza) says:

    How dare these fanatical Muslims, that include Hezbollah and Muslim female terrorists, and Stalinists Socialist fanatics use Christianity and women in this shameful anti-Semitic way! It’s not about their passionate support for so-called poor Gazans who made the free choice to elect Hamas terrorists as their leaders but about their combination of ancient and modern hatred towards the Jews and the existence of Jewish Homeland in what the colonized Arabian empire since Mohammed’s days! Anti-Semitism, I suspect, was constructed by Mohammed, the Arabic founder of Islam. In order to annihilate the Jews completely, he ‘racialized’ the Jews, as enemy of the Arab race. Besides, the history of the first brutal and systematic Genocide of the Jews in history, that include the wiping out the last village of the Jews in 627AD in Khaibar, is by Mohammed, in his goal to construct pure Arabian-Islamic Caliphate – see http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/myths/mf15.html#23 or http://www.andrewbostom.org/content/view/25/1/ or in the book by Andrew Bostom, CONTINUE: “The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History” (Prometheus Books; Reprint edition, 2008).
    Mohammed’s army (even after his death in 632AD) then went on to conquer Christian Kingdoms in 718AD until the 15th. century, in the Iberian Peninsula, of what is now Portugal and Spain – See http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/history/world/2876-when-christendom-pushed-back and http://www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/PlainTextHistories.asp?ParagraphID=ebv#1741.
    Later on, more Genocide of the Jews, by Mohammed’s Muslim army when “…hundreds of Jews killed between 1010 and 1013 near Cordoba, and other parts of Muslim Spain; of the massacre of the entire Jewish community of roughly 4000 in Granada during the Muslim riots of 1066…” – see foreword by Ibn Warraq, a former Muslim and scholar at – http://www.andrewbostom.org/content/view/25/1/ . The Jews were spared earlier as they were forced or exploited to be used as soldiers, intellectuals and craftsmen, against Christian majority. Thus violent Arab-Muslims, is suspected to have sowed the seed for extreme hateful and racialized anti-Jew belief and attitude amongst the Christians, who have co-existed with the Jews, although amidst religious conflicts, before in ancient Europe.

    • Peter Masry says:

      Katharina Sri (a former Malay-Muslim perhaps who committed ‘hudud’ ?) is absolutely correct
      in her analysis of the so-called ‘freedom flotillas’. It is patently obvious that the first Turkish
      flotilla consisted off radical Muslims who were recorded shouting Quranic injunctions
      to “defeat the Jews”. So-much for ‘unbiased’ humanitarian aid.

      Despite all the Malaysian neo-Mahathirian anti-Semitism, we all know what is behind
      the Islamic hatred for Jews; this nonsense has been going on for 1400 years since
      the (wise) Arabian Jewish tribes in the Hejaz refused to convert to Islam despite
      the Nabi Muhammad’s demands. Ever since Muslims have wanted payback against
      the Jews. Muslims need to mature and grow up and act like mature responsible

  2. Ernie says:

    Muslims are stuck in the 10th century, never experienced the Age of Enlightment, and never will. Guess the bible is right. One day Israel will extend to the Euphrates River.

  3. Serious Shepherd says:

    “The whole world is sailing to the strip … it must be Visit Israel Year (Cuti-cuti Tel Aviv).”

    Israel is not a strip (googling “Israel Strip” returns Israel Strip Club and googling “Tel Aviv Strip” returns Tel Aviv Strip Club 🙂
    “Gaza Strip” returns 4.65 million results from Google, with entries in Wikipedia and CIA World Factbook.
    So which one is it? Is Gaza Israel or not Israel?
    Or you are trying to sound like that IDF personnel who interrogated the Astro Awani reporter who was on Mavi Marmara who kept on asking ‘why do you want to go to Israel’ despite the intended destination is Gaza?

  4. hartalmsm says:

    Hahaha, but Israel IS inside Palestine. The Palestinian Authority TV (children’s educational programme) “teaches that Palestine currently is a ‘state’ (Arabic “dawla” = state) covering 27,000 sq. km – i.e., an area that includes all of Israel (the entire West Bank and Gaza Strip total only 6220 sq. km)”.

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