BREAKING NEWS: Humanitarian Ship to Enter Gaza Territorial Waters, Break the Blockade

Global Research, May 23, 2011

The Spirit of Rachel Corrie (officially known as FINCH) carrying a humanitarian cargo to Gaza was attacked by an Israeli naval patrol within the so-called Palestinian Security Zone on May 15, at 10.54pm EDT. The ship is carrying 7.5 kilometers of UPVC (plastic) sewage pipes to help restore the devastated sewerage system in Gaza.

Global Research is a partner with the Perdana Global Peace Foundation’s mission. A member of Global Research is on board the ship. 

After being attacked by Israel and stranded in Egyptian territorial waters for 7 days, The Spirit of Rachel Corrie has lifted anchor and is sailing back towards Gaza [8.33am EDT, 14.33pm local time] in defiance of both the Egyptian and Israeli navy patrols. SPREAD THE WORD

We call upon human rights organizations, Palestinian solidarity organizations Worldwide to take an active position regarding the Spirit of Rachel Corrie.

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Support the Spirit of Rachel Corrie’s resolve to break the blockade. What happens in the next few hours will be decisive. Egypt is complicit in supporting the blockade.

The objective is to break the Egypt-Israel agreement and open up the border crossing by land and by sea between Egypt and Gaza.

The Spirit of Rachel Corrie Mission will inevitably have a direct bearing on future humanitarian endeavors including the Freedom Flotilla which is scheduled to sail to Gaza in June.


Michel Chossudovsky in Montreal, Julie Levesque reporting from the Spirit of Rachel Corrie in Egyptian territorial waters.MONTREAL 9.06AM EDT, May 23, 2011.

On May 16, immediately following the Israeli attack, the Egyptian authorities came on board, inspected the ship’s cargo and documentation and acknowledged the humanitarian nature of the mission.

The foreign affairs of Egypt Nabil Al-Arabi’s is reported to have met his Malaysian counterpart in Jakarta on Monday regarding the Rachel Corrie Mission to Gaza.  Nabil El-Arabi  stated less than a month ago “that Cairo was working to permanently open the Rafah border crossing” between Egypt and the Gaza Strip and that within week’s delay (followng his statement), moves would be made to end the “blockade and suffering of the Palestinian nation.”

Following pressures from Tel Aviv and Washington as well divisions within the post Mubarak military government, Nabil Al-Arabi’s resolve to end the blockade has not been carried out. Monday 6.30am EDT (13.30pm local time) Cairo has refused to let the boat into the port, despite repeated promises.

At  6am EDT, 11am  (local time), the following decision was taken and transmitted to the Egyptian government via the Egyptian Port Authority at al Arish: If by 1400 hrs today (local time) [6am EDT], we are not allowed to berth and discharge our cargo, we shall take that as an official refusal and we shall leave Egypt and sail to Gaza.

If  by 14 Hours Today, we are not allowed to berth and discharge our cargo cargo for Palestinians in Gaza we shall consider that as an official refusal by your government to deliver the cargo.

We will pick up our anchor and leave the territorial waters of Egypt and sail to Gaza to discharge our cargo as our ship has been detained in your port area for seven days,

The usual response of the port authorities. “We are waiting instructions” [from Cairo]

Monday 23 May At 8.33am EDT (14.33pm local time) the Spirit of Rachel Corrie lifted anchor and started sailing towards Gaza

We call upon human rights organizations, Palestinian solidarity organizations Worldwide to take an active position regarding the Spirit of Rachel Corrie.

Support the Spirit of Rachel Corrie’s resolve to break the blockade.

What happens in the next hours will be decisive.

The objective is to break the Egypt-Israel agreement and open up the border crossings by land and by sea between Egypt and Gaza. 

The Spirit of Rachel Corrie Mission will inevitably have a direct bearing on future humanitarian endeavors including the Freedom Flotilla which is scheduled to sail to Gaza in June.



SEE OUR PREVIOUS REPORTS WHICH PROVIDE DETAILS OF THE ISRAELI ATTACK
Breaking the Blockade on Gaza: Lone Humanitarian Vessel Confronts the Egyptian Military Government

– by Michel Chossudovsky, Julie Lévesque – 2011-05-21
SPIRIT OF RACHEL CORRIE BLOCKED BY EGYPT: Leader of Gaza aid mission goes on hunger strike

– 2011-05-21
BREAKING NEWS: Israel Attacks Humanitarian Ship to Gaza in International Waters

– by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky – 2011-05-16
They are shooting all over the place. We can’t continue … They circled our ship twice and fired across our ship. Machine guns. No one was injured…
Global Research Articles by Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research Articles by Julie Lévesque

BREAKING NEWS: Humanitarian Ship to Enter Gaza Territorial Waters, Break the Blockade.






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