Name Greta Berlin
|Born April 6, 1941 (age 74) (1941-04-06) Detroit, Michigan|
Occupation pro-Palestinian activist
Organizations founded Free Gaza Movement
An interview with greta berlin
Greta K. Berlin (born April 6, 1941) is an American pro-Palestinian activist. She has been a spokesperson for the Free Gaza Movement (FGM), which she co-founded in 2006.
- An interview with greta berlin
- Greta berlin reponds aux accusations
- Political activism
- Free Gaza voyages
- Freedom Sailors
Greta berlin reponds aux accusations
Berlin was born Greta Anne Hughes on April 6, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, the oldest of four children of Arthur George Hughes and Barbara Esther Whan Hughes. She graduated from Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana, one of the first two girls to do so.
Upon entering graduate school at the University of Illinois in 1963, Greta met her first husband, Ribhi, who is a Palestinian refugee from Safed. They married in Chicago in 1963 and have a daughter and a son. Her second husband, whom she married in Florida in 1978, was Alvin Jay Berlin. They divorced about 14 years later. Berlin, who was Jewish, died in 2013.
She founded GKB Associates in 1977, a training and media coaching firm for scientists and engineers wanting to make presentations to conferences around the world, and she worked for some of the top engineering firms in the U.S. and Europe.
Berlin has been an "advocate for justice for the Palestinians since the early 60s." She was motivated to activism in 1967 by the Six-Day War. She believed that "Israel was driving the Palestinians off their land for the second time in 19 years" and she vowed to increase American awareness of the issue. Berlin and her husband started a non-profit charitable organization, Pal Aid International to send medicine and aid to the Palestinians. Berlin told an interviewer that the Internal Revenue Service began auditing her husband's company and that the FBI began questioning them. She alleged that the Jewish Defense League phoned her and she described the caller as saying that "if any passengers were murdered in the airline hijackings that were going on at the time, my children would be killed.” She withdrew from her activism for 15 years for the sake of her children.
In 2003, after the death of Rachel Corrie who had been working with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), Berlin joined ISM and went to Palestine, working in Bil’in, Jenin, Ramallah, including in the ISM media office.
Free Gaza voyages
In 2006 she co-founded the Free Gaza Movement. and was the major spokesperson for the flotilla involved in the Gaza flotilla raid on May 31, 2010.
She was one of the primary spokespersons for Freedom Flotilla 1, a coalition of initiatives put together by Free Gaza to sail a flotilla of boats into Gaza after the Dignity and the Spirit of Humanity had been stopped by Israeli naval vessels.
She continues to criticize Israel's blockade of Gaza, and claims it is unlawful, that it has persisted for 20 years and that one of the reasons Israel is illegally blockading Gaza is because it's busy "stealing the natural gas of Gaza."
Greta Berlin calls Israel an "illegal entity" and "a country founded on terrorism" and she believes that Congress is "occupied" by "the Israeli lobby."
Berlin is the co-author and co-editor of the 2012 book, Freedom Sailors, The Maiden Voyage of the Free Gaza movement and How We Succeeded in Spite of Ourselves.
Berlin has been accused of antisemitism following a controversial tweet, originating from her Facebook account, and published under the Twitter account of the Free Gaza Movement. The tweet read “Zionists operated the concentration camps and helped murder millions of innocent Jews" and contained a link to a video of that name, a speech by conspiracy theorist Eustace Mullins asserting that Zionists are responsible for the Holocaust and collaborated with the Nazis. The Free Gaza Movement later deleted the tweet. Berlin apologized once the post became known to a wider audience. She declared that she had "shared it without watching it."
She said she merely intended to post the video and comment in a private Facebook group where she had been participating in a discussion of similar propaganda. Larry Derfner published a statement by sixteen people stating that "ours is a small and secret Facebook group, 37 members strong" and that one of the topics the group had been discussing was "the role of the Zionist movement during the Holocaust" when Berlin posted her remarks. The statement explained that in this context Berlin's post was aimed at highlighting that "anti-Semitic remarks have exaggerated and distorted" the arguments of historians on this topic.