01 Jun

To The MV Rachel Corrie

 The McGlynn: Bon voyage. May the Gods be with you. I and thousands more, maybe millions more, wish with all our minds and hearts to be with you. Love and Peace.

The Irish Times reported on the next planned ship, the ‘Rachel Corrie,’ which is “due to arrive in Gazan waters tomorrow.”

The vessel became separated from the main aid flotilla after being delayed for 48 hours in Cyprus due to logistical reasons. Nobel laureate Maireád Corrigan-Maguire, former UN assistant secretary general Denis Halliday, and husband and wife Derek and Jenny Graham are the Irish nationals on board.
Speaking from the ship today, Mr Graham said the vessel was carrying educational materials, construction materials and some toys. “Everything aboard has been inspected in Ireland,” he said. “We would hope to have safe passage through.” […]

Ms Maguire said none of the aid ships carry arms and are “purely humanitarian”. She said it was necessary for the vessel to complete its mission to assure the people of Gaza the world does care.

“Their port has been closed for over 40 years . . . 1.5 million people, it’s like the population of Northern Ireland, totally cut off from the world by this inhumane illegal siege of Gaza . . . their borders are closed . . . there is a shortage of medicines,” she said.

“Could you imagine if that happened to the 1.5 million people in Northern Ireland, the world would be absolutely crying out that this stop immediately.”

The Toronto Star added:

The MV Rachel Corrie, a converted merchant ship bought by pro-Palestinian activists and named after an American woman killed in the Gaza Strip in 2003, set off on Monday from Malta, organizers said. It was carrying 15 activists including a northern Irish Nobel Peace laureate. “We are an initiative to break Israel’s blockade of 1.5 million people in Gaza. Our mission has not changed and this is not going to be the last flotilla,” Free Gaza Movement activist Greta Berlin, based in Cyprus, told Reuters.
An Israeli marine lieutenant, who was not identified, told Israel’s Army Radio his unit was prepared to block the ship.

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