...“It’s terribly sad,” Mr. Heap said. “The people here [in Crete] tell us they are ashamed of their government; some of the soldiers apologize for what they have to do to us.”
When the coast guard overtook the ship and several commandos and police came on board, Mr. Heap said, the volunteers “disabled the engines to make it hard for the Greeks to get the ship back to port.”
Towed back to harbour, the ship had its diesel tank ruptured when it was roughly docked at a pier without bumpers, Mr. Heap added. Early reports about the ship sinking were the result of a premature evaluation, Mr. Heap explained, apologizing for the misleading information.
It looks to be the end of the line for Mr. Heap, in this, his second frustrated attempt to get to Gaza. He had been part of a 2009-10 march to Gaza that was stopped by the Hosni Mubarak government in Cairo.
Mr. Heap, a father of two, says he won’t quit, despite criticism by some at home, including at his own university.
“That’s their opinion,” he says of his critics. “A lot of people are proud of what we’re doing.”
He said his father, an Anglican priest, union organizer and social activist, “was ridiculed too when he went to Selma to join Martin Luther King,” referring to the ground breaking civil rights marches in the southern United States in the 1960s.
For David Heap, Gaza is his Alabama...I think I see where you're going with this, Dave. The Gazans are the "negroes" and the Jews are the "white racists," right? Now, how do you explain the part where the "blacks" want to kill all the "racists," not only the ones in "Alabama" but every last "racist" in the world?
In that sense, Gaza ain't his Alabama. It's his Nazi Germany.
|The little Gaza boat says, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..."|