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US remains silent over McKinney arrest by Israel

Posted in Uncategorized by maasanova on July 3, 2009

Press TV

McKinney has served as a Democrat in the US House of Representatives from 1993–2003 and 2005–2007.
Nearly a day after the detention of former US lawmaker Cynthia McKinney by Israeli forces, Washington has yet to make a reaction.

Israeli Navy detained former US congresswoman and Nobel Prize laureate Cynthia McKinney and twenty other human rights activists on board a relief boat outside Israel’s territorial waters on Tuesday as they were heading to Gaza on a humanitarian mission.

Tel Aviv claims the boat was trying to break Israel’s two-year siege on Gaza.

Ms McKinney — the 2008 Green Party nominee for President of the United States– has accused Tel Aviv of violating the international law by seizing an aid vessel in international waters.

“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,” McKinney said in a statement.

“We are asking the international community to demand our release so we can continue our journey,” she added.

“My wife and I are very concerned about her safety,” Cynthia’s father told Press TV in a phone call.

Bill McKinney said that the US government should support Cynthia’s message and added, “Her major concern is human.”

Green Party leaders have called on the White House and the US State Department to intervene and demand the immediate release of all the activists.

On Monday, the International Committee of the Red Cross warned of dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, saying 1.5 million Palestinians living in the coastal sliver are ‘trapped in despair’ because of the continuing Israeli blockade on the territory.

Since June 2007, when Israel imposed a blockade on the territory, no raw material has entered Gaza, stalling any attempt to rebuild the strip.

According to the humanitarian agency report, seriously ill patients were not receiving the treatment they needed and thousands of Gazans whose homes were destroyed during Israel’s three-week Christmas war were still without shelter.


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  1. Barbara said, on July 12, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Hey there! I will be honest, I have a head full of more holes than a spaghetti sieve. However, smiles. thanks for touching base and reminding me even though, alas, head hung in shame, your name is vaguely familiar.

    I left 360 so long ago. I returned once again but lasted for days. It was just too darn bulky slow and unreliable. But I had been blogging there and at Blogspot so I just got to work there. I will never give up. I took about a year off after 360 but when Palestine got whapped last December I was back. And never really stopped since then.

    My focus is still general because I trace almost all big ills back to the Talmud and Zionism, such as GMO. But mainly it is the Middle East cos I understand that best, not that it is understandable really! Then the US, and Canada, my own country of which I am heartily ashamed as of late.

    My big interest is, as always opening eyes and I am finding that the Illustrated Eustace Mullins is a huge draw so I guess I will go back and illustrate more of his work. This proves my theory, pictures DO help people understand and enjoy what they are reading.

    Gonna add you to my already wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too long blogroll. But I check them all out at some point during the week!

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