Monday, June 07, 2010

Gaza Activists Preparing New Flotilla After Rachel Corrie Seized

By Peter Fowler at 5 Jun 17:37

The Free Gaza Movement says another aid flotilla will attempt to break the Gaza blockade in a "couple of months" after the MV Rachel Corrie was seized by Israeli commandos without incident.

Just before 9am GMT this morning, the Israeli military forcibly seized the Irish-owned humanitarian relief ship, the MV Rachel Corrie, from delivering over 1000 tons of medical and construction supplies to besieged Gaza, the organization said.

For the second time in less then a week, Israeli naval commandos stormed an unarmed aid ship, taking its passengers into custody and towing the ship toward Ashdod port in Southern Israel.

The Corrie carried 11 passengers and 9 crew from 5 different countires, mostly Ireland and Malaysia. The passengers included Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire, Parit Member of the Malaysian Parliament Mohd Nizar Zakaria, and former UN Assistant Secretary General, Denis Halliday. 

Nine international human rights workers were killed on Monday when Israeli commandos stormed the Turkish aid ship, Mavi Marmara and five other unarmed boats taking supplies to Gaza. 

The 1200-ton cargo ship Rachel Corrie was purchased through a special fund set up by former Malaysian Prime Minister and Perdana Global Peace Organisation (PGPO) chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. The ship was named after an American human rights worker, killed in 2003 when she was crushed by an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip. 

Its cargo included hundreds of tons of medical equipment and cement, as well as paper from the people of Norway, donated to UN-run schools in Gaza....

Comment:The ISRAEL illegal BLOCKADE since 2007 is causing INHUMAN suffering to 1.5 million people. The Palestinians are HUMAN too. 
Gaza: End the blockade. 

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