[A-List] Fwd: BREAKING NEWS: The Lone Ship of the Freedom Flotilla Sails towards Gaza June 2. 2010
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Subject: BREAKING NEWS: The Lone Ship of the Freedom Flotilla Sails towards Gaza
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The Lone Ship of the Freedom Flotilla: The Rachel Corrie MV Continues
to Sail Towards Gaza in Defiance of Israeli Threats
By Michel Chossudovsky
URL of this article: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19481
Global Research, June 1, 2010
Following Israel's criminal raid in international waters on May 31st,
the Rachel Corrie MV continues to sail towards the Gaza coastline in
defiance of Israeli threats.
In an act of tremendous courage, the Rachel Corrie MV is determined to
break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
At noon today, I received the following message from Christopher Chang
and Ram Kardigasu, on behalf of the Malaysian and Irish peace
activists, who are on board the Rachel Corrie:
RACHEL CORRIE: MV Rachel Corrie is now the sole ship on the
international freedom flotilla moving towards Gaza.
The Malaysian and Irish peace and humanitarian activists aboard share
their deepest grief and sense of lost with the loved ones of those
killed and injured in the illegal action undertaken by Israel on
Monday 31st May 2010 in the international waters of the Mediterranean.
In the names of our friends, we are more determined than ever to
continue into Gaza with our humanitarian cargo and our support for the
blockaded and suffering people of Gaza.
We expect Israel to respond to the international condemnation of its
violence by not impeding by any means the safe passage of the Rachel
We appeal to the international community and United Nations to
continue to demand Israel our safe passage into Gaza.
Jointly issued by Malaysians and Irish on board the Rachel Corrie.
Sent on behalf of the humanitarian activists on aboard the Rachel
Corrie - by PGPO land team (Ram Karthigasu and Christopher Chang)
In recent developments, the Netanyahu government is in crisis:
"Senior ministers [of the Netanyahu cabinet] have been sharply
critical of the fact that the decision to seize control of the
flotilla to Gaza was made after two meetings of the forum of seven
senior ministers but without official deliberation by the inner
cabinet, the body that has the authority to approve military actions
of this scale." What this suggests is that the actual decision to
conduct the raids in international waters bypassed the Cabinet.
(Haaretz.com headlines RSS
The question remains: if the Israeli cabinet did not ratify the
operation, who ordered the raids and through what procedure?
What were the respective roles of Israeli intelligence and the IDF in
planning these raids?
What role was played by Rahm Emmanuel, Obama's White House Chief of
Staff, who had meetings with both Netanyahu and president Shimon
Peres, respectively on May 26 and 27?
Did Rahm Emmanuel meet officials of Israel's military and intelligence
Did the Obama administration give the Green Light?
It is important that this news gets out, with a view to ensuring that
the Rachel Corrie MV safely reaches the coast of Gaza without
encroachment, with a view to breaking Israel's criminal embargo.
In this endeavor we shall prevail. Our hearts and minds are with
those who continue to sail on board the Rachel Corrie MV.
It should be noted that Israel has not in any way modified its policy
with regard to the Rachel Corrie MV: There are two more ships heading
for Gaza including the Rachel Corrie MV. Israel has promised "to
respond even more harshly":
“Israel will use more aggressive force in the future to prevent ships
from breaking the sea blockade on the Gaza Strip, a top Navy commander
told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
“We boarded the ship and were attacked as if it was a war,” the
officer said. “That will mean that we will have to come prepared in
the future as if it was a war.” (www.ynetnews.com)
The Rachel Corrie MV is in part supported by the Perdana Global Peace
Organization under the helm of the Malaysia's former Prime Minister
Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Global Research Director Michel Chossudovsky is
a member of the Perdana Global Peace Organisation and of the Kuala
Lumpur War Crimes Commission.
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