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Mankell commits to Gaza aid trip

AFP/The Local · 26 Jun 2011, 09:13

Published: 26 Jun 2011 09:13 GMT+02:00

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The writer behind the bestselling Wallander series said the action was a good way of trying to achieve a situation where "Palestinians are not treated like second-class citizens in their own country, a sort of Apartheid system."

About a dozen ships will leave Greece next week taking supplies to Gaza.

Mankell, who was on board a vessel seized by the Israeli army last year, said he would join the operation, known as Freedom Flotilla 2.

"The Gaza blockade is still going on and that's the reason I'm taking part again, because I've got no reason to stop until the blockade ends," he told AFP.

Israeli forces killed nine Turks on board the Mavi Marmara which was taking aid to Gaza in May 2010.

Speaking about the events, he said: "You can never use the word success when people are murdered, you can't do that.

"But what you can say is that it had an enormous impact.

"Everyone on the planet knows what is really going on in Israel and Gaza, how the Palestinians are treated," the author said.

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"So it really, in a way, changed the world, because no one can say any longer they didn't know about this."

Mankell said he believed the latest operation would force politicians to respond.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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11:02 June 26, 2011 by calebian22
He rails against the Israelis on one hand but continues to sell his books in Hebrew. What a hypocritical putz.
11:25 June 26, 2011 by Rick Methven
He rails against the actions of the Israeli government NOT Israelis. Many Israelis are against the actions of their own government as well. There are many Hebrew speaking Jews in Israel and around the world who would like to read Mankell in evrit. Only in a dictatorship do the population 100% support the government in power.
12:23 June 26, 2011 by Iraniboy
Well said Rick!

Hope to see the day without racism, discrimination and dictatorship allover the world from North Korea to Iran from Isreal to the United States.
13:41 June 26, 2011 by olive_tree
What has Hebrew to do with Israel politics.!?

Well done Mankell, all the respect, and STAY HUMAN everybody.
14:00 June 26, 2011 by JulieLou40
He's going to get himself killed.
14:12 June 26, 2011 by calebian22
You guys might want to look up the word hypocrite. He talked a big game about refusing to continue his Hebrew book sales in Israel after the last flotilla. Not a word since. Most likely his agent reminded him of the huge revenue loss as a best selling auther in Israel.

Mankell opened his big pie hole, and stuck his foot directly into it. Now he hasn't followed through. Big surprise. He wants his profit and his political activism. It is hypocrital and insincere. Only a liberal, Israel hater would defend him. No shocker Rick and Iraniboy busted out their pompoms for him.
14:43 June 26, 2011 by cowboykodp

What has happened to you in the last 6 months. You used to be respectful and semi smart.

I have many Jewish friends. I along with them are not Israel haters, or Liberal. But we do have some criticism of the Israeli government actions.

We have brains, not just unfettered and childish emotions.

Not to say that at times some Palestinians are not full of it, but Israel's existence and future is at risk if things don't change.

Your hate towards Muslims is blinding you, just as some who hate Jews are blind.

But obviously you are "different" and not like "them".
16:20 June 26, 2011 by prince T
Calebs comments has nothing to do with islam. I agree too that mankrell is a hypocrite. I agee that the government of the world is playing double standard on Israel. We see Asad and Gaddafi killing their people like chicken everyday and the same set of people will come to criticise Israel. Why dont mankell go to libya or syria, situation their is far worse than in Israel. Israel is defending her territory against rockets, but mankell dont care about genocide being committed in other places. Finally why is it that when one voices out against injustice against Israel it is termed as hatred against the Israel. I know why and i can quote from some holy books if TL will not block me . I am not a jew for your information
16:45 June 26, 2011 by tgolan
Mankell might be a great writer but that doesn't make him a good politician, If he was he'd stand for election, but with his communist views he'd not get very far in Sweden, On his last trip to Gaza Mankell was arrested by the Israeli's and given a 10 year ban this time he will get his wish to be a martyr and get jail time

Mankell has as much right to interfere in the Arab Israeli conflict as Israeli have to interfere in Sweden WHY hasn't he fought for the rights of the SAMI the indigenous Swedish population who the Swedish state has colonized and stolen their land and resurses??? Of course he hasn't that wouldn't be so popular he would get in big trouble, Its easy to criticise others BUT Mankell has to clean up at home first
17:56 June 26, 2011 by Carbarrister

If you make it to Gaza alive - - just stay there.
17:58 June 26, 2011 by millionmileman
Now that last years fiasco has been unequivocally proved that the Israeli commandos were attacked by the perpetrators on the Turkish Ship. This year's rendition is just a hope of showing Israel protecting itself.From these photo-op seekers we will see the spin and the usual lying outrage form these people.

They are even affiliated with the lying SEIU union activists causing all the political chaos her in Wisconsin, USA during the last 6 months of political turmoil in our state. This is what the extreme left does.

It is heartening that Turkey is not only refusing to send the main ship but is actually restoring Military Ties with Israel because of the very serious situation on its border with Syria.

Where is the outrage of the crimes Assad is committing against his people. Israel more than any other army on the planet tries to protect as much as possible to avoid civilian casualties, even though they do and will continue to happen.

19:30 June 26, 2011 by guliver

here it starts again,I pray that nobody will be injured,

From what is said here in news the Government will stop these ships in any way,

I just hope they will use anti demonstration equipment....

It will cause us huge damage abroad if it will end as last time,

we all know it including our Government

but still they can tranfer the Goods through Ashdod port or through Eygpt and Rafah cross.
19:43 June 26, 2011 by Dave N
Can somebody please explain why this flotilla of ships is needed when Gaza's border with Egypt is now open and the shopping malls in Gaza are full of goods? Other than to provoke an Israeli response solely for propaganda purposes, of course..
21:30 June 26, 2011 by calebian22

I don't respect Mankell. His comments about discontinuing his books in Hebrew, not my suggestion, show his feelings toward Hebrew speakers and the Israeli government. Obviously in his mind there is no difference. Why would I respect him? He may be good writer, but his politics are ignorant.

This has nothing to do with Islam.
22:09 June 26, 2011 by astra2thor6
I hope on this occasion he will report about what he actually sees or experiences and desists from reporting what he has been told by "peaceful" activists within the fleet.

The Palestinian supporters achieved an outstanding public relations success as a result of the violent incidents upon the Mavi Marmara. But for anyone interested in the Israeli research into the bona fides of those aboard the Mavi Marmara I recommend:

23:17 June 26, 2011 by Uncle
Let's be true about Mankell. I saw when he got off the first ship and had no idea about what happened on the main vessel the only thing he had to say was "why? what happened?".

The next day he was telling the journalists how the evil Israelis were shooting sleeping people in their beds and describing it as if he was there and saw it with his own eyes. He is a PR moron and loves attention.

Secondly, this ship looks especially relevant with the background of hundreds killed in Syria, Lybia and Yemen at this very moment. Thirdly, the "blockade" (in quotes, since everything except weapons is allowed there. Including building materials), is not relevant since Egypt indeed opened the gates for the flow of everything (I take it - 90% weapons and ammo anyway).

Out of all the conflicts in the world, including drug war in Mexico, this PR moron chooses the least bloody and slow going conflict and tries to make a name on it. Everything is BECAUSE he knows that the civilized Israelis won't just shoot him (unless he is armed and dangerous) or rot him in prison for espionage claims, like the countries surrounding Israel would. Great freaking hero!

He should go to claim freedom for Taiwan, Chechnya, Northern Cyprus or Kurdistan. Throw in Darfur and Tamil movement.

Post-mortem literature prizes are guaranteed.
03:34 June 27, 2011 by kaeru
Embarrasing for the "activists" that the borders to Egypt are already open. But of course this was never about "suffering" arabs in Gaza, this has everything to do with selling more books, getting nods from the leftist elite and feeling "relevant" somehow.

With that said I hope things dont turn to violence and that the israeli army act wise and hesitate before using excessive force.

I think we can all agree that nobody gained from what happened last time.
10:20 June 27, 2011 by Central European
I think those ships and ofcourse the palestinians situation the most helps to regimes like Syria or Iran to shows, that all north Africa, arabs and persians troubles in last 60 years are due to Palestina....

Can someone even imagine, that 60 years after WW II are germans still in camps, shooting panzerfausts to Poland, Czechia and bloowing up the buses in Bratislava or Warsaw ?
10:25 June 27, 2011 by cutthecrap
Another loser mixed up leftie. Who has fallen for the re-writing of history by fellow loser mixed up lefties.
11:04 June 27, 2011 by Hagrid
Sorry to burst this popular myth, but... There is no hunger, and there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Gaza's markets are overflowing with fresh food, posh restaurants can be found there, there is water and electricity (courtesy of Israel) and the life expectancy in Gaza exceeds some of the countries in Europe. Recently a Sudanese minister who visited Gaza, said he wished his own country would be as prosperous. Furthermore, if anyone wants to deliver humanitarian supplies to Gaza, they may do it through the border crossings with Israel (Israel lets in thousands of tons of supplies every month), or the Rafah crossing from Egypt. As for Mankell's claim that "people are murdered" - actually, since Hamas stopped firing rockets at Israel, nobody got killed there. Therefore, saying this flotilla is for helping some "humanitarian crisis" in Gaza, is absolute hogwash. Its whole purpose is provocation.

Why doesn't Mankell and the rest of his publicity-seeking ilk set sail to countries like Syria and Lybia, where people really do get oppressed and murdered by tyrannical regimes? The answer is simple: 1. unlike with Israel, they would probably get killed provoking these countries, and 2. where's the fun if Israel cannot be blamed.
11:05 June 27, 2011 by eppie
@prince T; maybe you should read a paper or watch the news before you make these stupid comments.

Anyway, because you obviously haven't I can fill you in; we are bombing Libya. And bombing a country pretty much says: he dictator we don't like you.

What did you think is the sense of sendinga flotilla to a country that is already bombed?

Please enlighten us.
18:08 June 27, 2011 by prince T
What is also the sence of sending flotilla to a region that is not in humanitarian crisis I mean Gaza. Syria is not being bombed, they can go there. As for your insults, i will not comment. I hope TL is taking notice of this. I will like to quote from a holy book that have ingrained violence against israel i.e child unborn will hate Israel withot knowing why. THIS IS the REAL PROBLEM, THEY DONT WANT PEACE WITH ISRAEL AT ALL. IF ISRAEL SHOULD VACATE PRE 67 borders, will it guarantee peace for Israel. I dont think so.
18:27 June 27, 2011 by Uncle
Haha. I just read that when journalists are kidnapped, raped, killed and deported in the wonderful and democratic Syria, Lybia, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Lebanon, Israel will actually load bunch of journalists on the military boats and let them film everything.

Excellent move, since the last time only the arab speaking Photoshop specialists were the ones who took pictures there the last time. Now Menkell should choose some other mean of self promotion. Maybe draw a caricature.
09:17 June 28, 2011 by mysticbumwipe
Well done Henning Mankell. I greatly respect your courage in putting yourself at risk to highlight the ongoing Illegal and brutal treatment of Palestinians in Gaza by Israel.

To Dave N who asked:

"can somebody please explain why this flotilla of ships is needed when Gaza's border with Egypt is now open and the shopping malls in Gaza are full of goods?"

May I ask you a question before I answer.

Q: If what you describe is correct, then why does Israel NEED to prevent this second humanitarian aid flotilla from entering via Gazan waters at all? Why not just let them come. Preventing it is only giving them an unnecessary propaganda victory.

The answer is that though the border with Egypt is now partially open, aid still cannot get in without Israeli controlling it, and thus building materials and certain equipment is greatly needed due to Israeli draconian measures. Israel destroyed the infrastructure of Gaza, has prevented essential raw materials getting in to allow reconstruction, still has an illegal blockade on all the other borders of Gaza, still restricts all movement in and out of Gaza for ordinary citizens, and still is subjecting the people of Gaza to inhumane treatment. Check out the documentary called 'Checkpoint' to understand what that means in real daily terms, if you doubt this.

19:15 June 28, 2011 by guliver

In Gaza there are 5000 missiles smugelded through illegal shipement to Gaza strip.

These missles are pointed at my house versus my wife and children ,and they used it allready against us.

One of the ship which was captured with containers foul of weapons was Karin A.

Rafah cross is the passage between Eygpt and Gaza strip ,the Israeli army can not stay in the Eygptian territory in Sinai and therefore they transfer weapons with channels underground between Eygpt and Gaza,

They use their constructions materials in part to build their bunkers,

Inhuman treatment is a phrase used by you to consider the suffer of the Palestinians ,but what about the bombs which fall on :Sderot ,Kfar Azza,Nirim ,Kissufim ,Netivot ,Beer Sheva with the suffering of ordinary citizens for 9 years you have nothing to say.about it.....and all this after that Ariel Sharon withdrown all our army and settlements from Gaza strip,what did we get as response? Kasam and Skad missiles.

And yes, from where I live I hear every friday the Muoazin in the Mosques in Gazza which call to Jihad and the destrucion of Israel,we do understand Arabic
23:58 June 28, 2011 by Rolle
Mankell writes like sh..
23:59 June 28, 2011 by patto007
Pity he is such an idiot. His Wallender TV series wasn't too bad.
08:29 July 4, 2011 by MC7669
Is he an Idiot this Mankell or what!??.... maybe someone can translatet and forward to him the folowing message in Swedish " Hii Mankell...... wake up.....The Egypthian and Gaza boarder is open since already 2 months....yahaaaa.!! Daaa"......I think he is sufering of a brain blockage ....... Yahaaa
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