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Rachel Corrie boarded by Israelis…

Good morning, Netizens…


It comes as little surprise to anyone, but the 1200 ton Irish cargo ship Rachel Corrie, carrying relief supplies to Gaza, was boarded this morning in International waters by Israeli armed forces with no loss of life or injuries. Depending upon where you read the story, the ship was either under tow, being escorted or otherwise being taken to Israel’s Ashdod port city.


In this picture, Derek Graham uses a bottle of Palestinian olive oil to officially name the cargo ship the MV Rachel Corrie, named after a after a human rights activist killed by the Israeli military, before it departed from Dundalk , for the Middle East with a cargo of cement and supplies for Gaza


This takeover this morning stands in marked contrast to the violent confrontation at sea earlier this week when Israeli commandos blocked a Turkish aid vessel trying to break the blockade. At the time, Israeli commandos rappelled from helicopters and a clash with passengers left nine pro-Palestinian activists dead.


Although the ship is currently incommunicado since being boarded by Israeli forces, according to one source cited by AP no one was injured during the boarding at sea.


Dave

Rachel Corrie 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