Freedom Flotilla III has set sail for Gaza and on board is respected Queen's professor and Indigenous activist Robert "Bob" Lovelace.
The Flotilla is sailing to Gaza to deliver humanitarian aid and to collect artisanal goods made by Palestinians for sale.
"Every little bit of material aid helps," said Richard Day, spokesperson for Lovelace while he is travelling. "There's that first, very material, goal of bringing medical supplies, of bringing blankets and basic stuff that's next to impossible to get in there."
Lovelace, who is a member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, sees a parallel between the settler-colonial occupation of land in Canada and in Gaza. He has referred to Gaza as "the world's largest Indian reservation."
"Canada is a settler-colonial state on occupied Indigenous land and Israel is a settler-colonial state on occupied Indigenous land," said Day. "For Bob, that's a really big part of why he's going."...Can't wait to try some of those "artisanal goods" they're bringing back. I hear the flavoured rubble is deelish.
Update: Leaving aside for the moment the reason why Lovelace would need a "spokesperson," that man's claim re every little bit of material aid being helpful is, you should pardon the expression, on the money. Why, in 2013, the Palestinian territories raked in a colossal $2.6 billion in international aid.
Where on earth did the moolah go?
Update: Of course, Bob's a professor (at Queen's University).