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FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2010, 4:45 A.M.

Rachel Corrie heading for Gaza

AP Photo of aid ship heading for Gaza
AP Photo of aid ship heading for Gaza

Good morning, Netizens...


The Rachel Corrie, an Irish freighter is about to attempt to break the blockade of Gaza, and Israel has sworn they will stop it. The Irish vessel is named after an American college student crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer while protesting house demolitions in Gaza. Greta Berlin, a spokesman for the Free Gaza group, says the 1,200-ton Rachel Corrie is heading directly to Gaza and will not stop in any port on the way. It is trying to deliver hundreds of tons of aid including wheelchairs, medical supplies and concrete.


Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead McGuire and the former head of the U.N. Oil-for-Food program in Iraq, Denis Halliday, are among the 11 passengers on board, she said. The Irish vessel is named after an American college student crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer while protesting house demolitions in Gaza.



This, of course, follows hard on the heels of four days after an Israeli commando raid on a larger aid flotilla left nine activists dead.


The ship should be arriving in Gaza late this afternoon, providing Israel allows them to land.


Dave




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