Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Israel intercepts aid boat carrying medicine, building supplies and toys

Tell me again there's no siege...

[23 miles off the coast of Gaza, 15:30pm] - Today Israeli Occupation Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY (pictured right before leaving port), abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. The passengers and crew are being forcibly dragged toward Israel.

"This is an outrageous violation of international law against us. Our boat was not in Israeli waters, and we were on a human rights mission to the Gaza Strip," said Cynthia McKinney, a former U.S. Congresswoman and presidential candidate. "President Obama just told Israel to let in humanitarian and reconstruction supplies, and that's exactly what we tried to do. We're asking the international community to demand our release so we can resume our journey."

According to an International Committee of the Red Cross report released yesterday, the Palestinians living in Gaza are "trapped in despair." Thousands of Gazans whose homes were destroyed earlier during Israel's December/January massacre are still without shelter despite pledges of almost $4.5 billion in aid, because Israel refuses to allow cement and other building material into the Gaza Strip. The report also notes that hospitals are struggling to meet the needs of their patients due to Israel's disruption of medical supplies.

Continue reading at Mondoweiss...


At 6:10 PM, Blogger jewbonics said...

they are so pathetic and despicable

At 6:23 PM, Blogger Pedestrian said...

As an Iranian, it makes me feel SO ashamed that while our demonstrations have been getting 24/7 coverage the past three weeks ... I don't think I saw a word of this anywhere. Except for Blogistan of course.


At 6:27 PM, Blogger Gert said...


Don't feel too bad about it: this incident wasn't reported on the BBC either. They're too busy bashing Iran and love nothing more than any excuse to bury 'bad news from Israel'...

Stay safe and thanks for your comment!


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