Thursday, August 19, 2010

New Battledress Code: "no showers, no skirts and no makeup"

Well, it's been a long time coming. Do we always have to wait so long for our "date"?

Gaza aid flotilla to set sail from Lebanon with all-women crew

And it'll be tough out there on the high seas:

A ship bearing aid for Gaza is preparing to leave Tripoli in Lebanon this weekend in the latest attempt to defy the Israeli blockade - with only women on board.

...Israel says it is concerned a flotilla from Lebanon, with whom it has ongoing hostility, will smuggle weapons to Gaza. Israel`s ambassador to the UN, Gabriela Shalev, has warned that Israel reserves the right to use `necessary measures` in line with international law to stop the ship.

But al-Haj says the mission is purely humanitarian. `Our goal is to arrive in Gaza,` she said. `It is the responsibility of the government to deal with the politics. We are not political.`

She said that once news of the flotilla was out organisers were inundated with requests to join the voyage, with more than 400 from the US alone. At least 10 Americans will be on board.

The boat has been stocked with medical instruments and medicines to take to the Palestinians.

In preparation for the voyage the participants gathered at a hotel in Beirut to discuss their plans. The logistics are many: minimal grooming, strict food rationing, and limited water supply.

`There will be no showers, no skirts and no makeup,` al-Haj told the group...

No mascara? That could poke eyes out.

No lipstick? That could be slippery.

No powder? That could clog lungs.

This is a non-violent effort, girls.

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Anonymous said...

is anything known as to whether the crew is also female?
If not, how will they handle the necessary segregation?
or have all the females on board undergone self-defense courses to curtail attempts at let's say unwelcome buddying up?

Anonymous said...

I hope there is a medic aboard who has expertise in obstetric emergencies. Perhaps some expert can even be interviewed in advance, stating the grave danger of being in such a situation while pregnant? Is that woman endangering her own fetus in the guise of being a "humanitarian"?

Shelby said...

This is such a bad way to ship weapons in! Having women in skirts, at least they are comfortable!