Following are excerpts
from an interview with Aisha Dahesh, an Algerian participant in the
Freedom Flotilla. The program aired on Al-Quds TV on December 19, 2011.
It has been my dream ever since I was a little girl, nine years ago,
and it has been my main prayer every Ramadhan, to be martyred on the
threshold of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. When I used to say this, they would
call me crazy, because I was talking about something that was unattainable.
As soon as I heard that there was a flotilla heading towards Gaza, I
called the coordinator of that flotilla.
did you get his phone number?
It appeared in an Algerian daily. He said to me: We cannot take girls
with us because it is dangerous. I said to him: How dangerous? To the
point of martyrdom? I’m ready. He said that I needed my parents’
permission, and I told him they agreed.
You said this before you talked to them?
Because of my upbringing, I was sure they would not object.