I have never once posted information about the dive business I founded in 1996, Deep Ecology Hawaii, because I always knew that my enemies would increase attacks against it. Indeed I have watched my mother weeping on the phone to the IRS who was threatening to take away her home if she did not pay more taxes. So my silence regarding this business was to protect my mother who took it over in 2001 when I fled the United States and sought political asylum in The Netherlands.
Samouni Inter-Trade Palestine (SIP) is a social enterprise international trade mission. We endeavour to catalyse the end of Gaza’s charitable dependency through import and export trade. We do not seek simply to alleviate the suffering of the people in Gaza. Our ultimate objective is to eliminate preventable, blockade-derived suffering. We recognise the loss of dignity that is inherent in compelling a people to live on aid. We are focused on the root of the problem and thus we are committed to replacing aid with trade.