05 June, 2010

rachel corrie (latest)

short note:sekarang tengah mood rachel corrie

The Israeli Navy has boarded and seized an Irish-owned aid ship bound for Gaza, just five days after killing nine passengers in a bloody raid on a previous convoy.

(dah agak dah mesti susah nak lepas)

Israeli vessels surrounded the 1,200-ton MV Rachel Corrie shortly after dawn today as it carried aid towards the Hamas-ruled territory.

The ship, which had originally been scheduled to travel with the Gaza Freedom Flotilla earlier this week, ignored four warnings to divert to the southern Israeli port of Ashdod for inspection of its contents.


A spokesperson for the Israeli army said, “Our forces boarded the boat and took control without meeting any resistance from the crew or the passengers. Everything took place without violence.”


Israel’s treatment of the activists will be closely watched around the world after the disastrous Israeli navy raid on a Gaza bound convoy on Monday which led to the deaths of nine people, mainly Turkish activists.

The commando who killed six of those on board the Mavi Marmara is expected to be given a medal of valour, a move certain to inflame the row with Turkey over the attack on the flotilla.


Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister, told his Cabinet on Thursday the Irish boat would not be allowed to reach Gaza, but he reportedly instructed the military to avoid harming the passengers.



The Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate aboard the Rachel Corrie, Mairead Maguire, had said the group would offer no resistance if Israeli forces boarded their ship. “We will sit down,” she said. “They will probably arrest us ... But there will be no resistance.”

However she said the activists would “not be diverted anywhere else.”

“We head to Gaza in order to deliver the humanitarian aid and to break the siege of Gaza,” she said.

(yeah!!best of luck!)


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