Following are excerpts
from an address by Haya Al-Shatti, a Kuwaiti woman who participated
in the "Freedom Flotilla" to Gaza. The address aired on Al-Jazeera
TV on July 9, 2010.
The moment I joined the convoy – and I didn't know anybody – I saw
a South African guy standing there, holding out his hand. A Turkish
girl, in her early thirties, approached him. She wore earrings, which
I don't think cost more than 100 dollars. It was clear that this girl
came from a very simple family.
She tried to remove her
earring and give it to this guy, as a donation for the people of Gaza.
But she couldn't take it off. So she removed her other earring and put
it in his hand.
We were standing at the
door of the bus, and the bus had to start moving. The bus driver said:
"We must go now," and he started driving off. The girl was
so scared that we would leave without her donation for the people of
Gaza that she tore off her ear, and placed it in the hand of this guy.
It was two carats, no more.
This is Allah's way of
telling us that while we sacrifice our time or our money, some people
are ready to sacrifice their own flesh for the people of Gaza.