Aid ship Rachel Corrie still heading for Gaza

From Larry Johnson’s blog: Looking for Trouble.

The MV Rachel Corrie, a converted merchant ship bought by pro-Palestinian activists and named after the 23-year-old American peace activist from Olympia, Washington, who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in 2003, set off Monday from Malta.

The organizers – the Free Gaza Movement – said their intent remains to break Israel’s blockade of the 1.5 million people in Gaza.

Rachel Corrie was killed while undertaking nonviolent direct action to prevent Israeli bulldozers from demolishing the home of a Palestinian family.

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said the ship is Irish-owned.

“The government has formally requested the Israeli government to allow the Irish-owned ship … to be allowed to complete its journey unimpeded and discharge its humanitarian cargo in Gaza,” Cowen told parliament in Dublin.

Israel has said it is prepared to block the ship.

Organizers say that passengers on the Rachel Corrie include Northern Irish Nobel peace laureate Mairead Corrigan-Maguire and Denis Halliday, an Irish former senior UN diplomat, and several other Irish citizens. Corrigan-Maguire, is a Northern Irish peace activist who co-founded, with Betty Williams, the Community of Peace People, an organization that worked for a peaceful resolution to the fighting in Northern Ireland. The two women received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976.

Israel’s Army Radio reported that the ship would reach Gazan waters by Wednesday, but activists say it might not attempt to reach Gaza until early next week.

The Rachel Corrie is carrying medical equipment, wheelchairs, school supplies and cement, a material Israel has banned in Hamas-ruled Gaza, organizers said.

Mark Daly, a member of Ireland’s upper house of parliament who had been due to join the convoy but was refused permission to leave Cyprus, told Reuters in Dublin that the ship had fallen behind the rest of the aid convoy that was attacked by Israel early Sunday morning because it was slower.

Passengers aboard it had heard about the Israeli attacks that killed at least 10 people but decided not to turn back.

Meanwhile, Adam Shapiro who is on the board of the Free Gaza Movement, said yesterday: “CNN is looping footage of mayhem on one of the ships, but is not giving the context that the Israelis had killed someone already at that point. The ship was in international waters, there was no plausible rationale to take it over by the Israelis. The ships were not going to Israel, they were going to Gaza, they had no plans to enter Israeli waters. All this could have been avoided if Israel had let the ships deliver their aid to Gaza.”

Richard Falk, a professor of international law emeritus at Princeton University and the Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestinian Territories for the United Nations Human Rights Council, said yesterday: “The Israeli naval and helicopter lethal attack on the Freedom Flotilla bringing needed humanitarian relief to the civilian population of Gaza is a shocking crime against humanity. Some of the facts are contested, but an Israeli military attack on the high seas is an act of aggression, and those on board the ships had a legal right to act in self-defense.”

6 Responses to Aid ship Rachel Corrie still heading for Gaza

  • Bill Clogston:

    The US is now an occupied country. My family has been here since 1718 and I want a free US. I have an ancestor on Bunker Hill who fought for freedom from the crazed royalty of England.

    I have written my Congressman that I do not want to pay another dime of my tax money to Israel. Our local paper reported today that Israel has a deal to sell 183 million dollars worth of drones to Turkey. Israel is an outlaw nation.

  • arab muslem:

    In the name of God the Merciful
    Palestine Arab Islamic state.
    The existence of the Zionist entity in the heart of the Arab and Muslim is itself a strange
    Because the Zionist entity is not shared with the Arab world of anything characteristics such as religion, customs
    Traditions and language. The existence of Israel within the Arab world is a big mistake, and constant tension
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    Will feel the Arab world would not be true of the world would not be true of the Jewish people will never feel the stability and comfort, unless
    Came out of Palestine, all Palestine greetings to all

  • arab:

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    Palestine Arab Islamic state like the rest of the Arab and Islamic states surrounding
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    All of Palestine. The Jewish people will not rest and will not feel comfortable and stability
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    Jews in Palestine and the Middle East, the death and destruction will continue.
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  • arrabb:

    This is the Zionist terrorism
    There is no state called Israel. State of thieves called Israel a basis of the displacement and killing of Innocent nation of thieves basis bloodshed and war And the arrest of people for tens of years to prevent him from claiming The right to life . basis steal the land of the Palestinian people And then steal the land of the Arab-Muslim the entire .State of the thieves do not know the law ….. Does not recognize the law of the United Nations, a state that considers itself above the law . the law is the siege of Gaza And the bloodshed and destruction of houses and killing innocent people and occupying the country This is a country named Israel thieves.This is the Zionist terrorism

  • Saddened to Hear:

    It is heartbreaking that Rachel Corrie was killed by a bulldozer. You would hope that people would have more respect for life in this world. Does anyone know if the ship was ever allowed to enter Gaza? It sounds like the Rachel Corrie was carrying great supplies that Gaza could use such as: medical equipment, wheelchairs, school supplies and cement. Were there other surgical tools and supplies on the ship?

  • Joy:

    It is heartbreaking. I believe they had plenty of surgical tools and supplies like thomas medical instruments on the ship. I don’t think the ship was ever allowed into Gaza.