Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple says she’s on board with the anti-Israel flotilla reportedly heading to Gaza at the end of June. The American ship, Greek-owned and registered in Delaware named “The Audacity of Hope” plans to join other vessels in what Ms. Walker describes as the “freedom ride of this era.”
Shurat HaDin, an Israeli Legal Center, is trying to stop the Gaza flotilla. After sending a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder citing violations of Section 962 of Title 18 of U.S. Code, the Center filed a civil suit on June 16.
The international initiative was launched last July by a group calling itself the U.S. Boat to Gaza which is backed by the Obamas’ friend Rashid Khalidi. The Columbia University professor helped to raise $370,000 for the 50 or so activists ready to transport thousands of letters, postcards and emails to the men, women and children of Gaza. Walker, along with CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin, were among the first to express interest in the flotilla.
Walker and Benjamin are no strangers to Hamas-controlled Gaza. They gained access back in March 2009 via Egyptian First Lady Suzanne Mubarak in honor of International Women’s Day. The CODEPINK delegation “sang peace songs both in front of the border gate and inside.” This was the same “peaceful” bunch whose members were caught on video last February calling for Clarence Thomas to go “back to the fields,” then “string him up” and “cut off his fingers.”
The racist language makes sense. The pro-Palestinian Walker often compares freedom riders of the civil rights movement to 21st century anti-Israel radicals. In response to Noam Katz, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington, told the New York Times that “Hamas is a terror organization…we have a blockade and we will enforce the blockade.” Ms.Walker told Michael Archer of Guernica that “The Audacity of Hope” will not be deterred.