Shalom Life | April 23, 2014

Israel Receives Flytilla Protesters with "Welcome" Letter

Israel reminds activists that there is no shortage of worth causes to protest in the Middle East, yet they choose to protest again its sole democracy

By: David Shear

Published: April 14th, 2012 in News » Israel

Israel Receives Flytilla Protesters with "Welcome" Letter

On Saturday and Sunday Pro-Palestinian activists are planning to arrive in Israel by air in what is dubbed a “flytilla”. Upon arrival, the Israeli government will present them with a “welcome” letter, reminding them that there is no shortage of worthy causes to protest in the Middle East.

"Dear activist, we appreciate your choosing to make Israel the object of your humanitarian concerns," the letter reads. "We know there were many other worthy choices. You could have chosen to protest the Syrian regime's daily savagery against its own people, which has claimed thousands of lives.

"You could have chosen to protest the Iranian regime's brutal crackdown on dissent and support of terrorism throughout the world. You could have chosen to protest Hamas rule in Gaza, where terror organizations commit a double war crime by firing rockets at civilians and hiding behind civilians.

"But instead you chose to protest against Israel, the Middle East's sole democracy, where women are equal, the press criticizes the government, human rights organizations can operate freely, religious freedom is protected for all and minorities do not live in fear.

"Therefore we suggest to let you solve first the real problems of the region, and then come back and share with us your experience. Have a nice flight," the letter concludes.

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