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Pulitzer prize winning author Alice Walker to join pro-Palestine flotilla

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Summary of story and interview from Foreign Policy, June 23, 2011

Pulitzer prize winning author Alice Walker is to join a flotilla of ships next week that will attempt to break Israel’s maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip.

In an interview with Foreign Policy, she says that the aim is to bring supplies to Gaza, and to raise awareness of the situation.

A similar attempt by pro-Palestinian activists in May lead to Israeli military raiding six ships. Nine people were killed by Israeli commandos.

Walker describes Israel as the “greatest terrorist” in the Middle East and speaks of the “incredible damage and devastation” she witnessed when visiting Gaza in 2009.

She describes the conflict as David vs Goliath, with Palestine cast as: “the ones with the slingshot. They are the ones with the rocks and relatively not-so-powerful rockets.”

Walker says that she does not have concerns that the trip will be construed as propaganda for Hamas, as they will not be meeting or interacting with them in any way.

When asked if she felt fear, in light of the previous flotilla trip’s tragic consequences she said: “Sometimes I feel fear. And the feeling that this may be it.

“But I’m positive — I’m looking at it as a way to bring attention to these children and their mothers and their grandmothers, and their grandfathers and their fathers, who face this kind of thing every day.”

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