TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's largest river showboat, the Jubilee Queen, has been chartered for an evening dedicated to supporting a Canadian humanitarian voyage to Gaza.
On Saturday Sept. 25, a sunset cruise on Lake Ontario aboard the "Queen" will raise funds for a Canadian mission as part of the Free Gaza Flotilla Movement in the eastern Mediterranean. "This will give people the taste of being on the boat although the trip to Gaza is not expected to be enjoyable in the same way this evening promises to be," said Sandra Ruch, of the Canadian Boat to Gaza steering committee.Hey, why not call the Canucki boat the Audacity of Masochism?
The Sept. 25 Toronto fundraiser is part of a growing cross-country effort to send a Canadian ship with the next international flotilla challenging the blockade of Gaza, which restricts entry of materials into Gaza and does not allow any exports to leave. In May, Israeli commandoes stormed a Free Gaza flotilla in international waters, killing nine on board a Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara.
Similar fundraising efforts are underway in cities across Canada. The Canadian Boat to Gaza plans to sail before the end of the year. Our sister project, the Audacity of Hope (the US boat to Gaza) raised over $30,000 US on a similar cruise on the Hudson River...
As for the "Martyr Party"--wasn't that a Rick Nelson song?
I went to a martyr party
To schmooze and eat with my new friends.
A chance to lambaste Is-ra-el
And make it make amends.
When I got to the martyr party,
They all knew my name.
No one criticized me--
They simply think the same.
But it's alright now,
I learned my lesson well.
You see you can't please the "virtuous"
Unless you're bashing Is-ra-el...