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Cynthia McKinney Still in Israeli Captivity, US Government Capitulates
to Israeli Pirates
By Hassan El-Najjar
We are living in
amazing times indeed. A former US Congresswoman and a Presidential
candidate representing the third largest American political party,
Cynthia McKinney, is in Israeli captivity for more than a week now. The
Israeli navy pirates had hijacked the international humanitarian aid
boat, Spirit of Humanity, in the international water off the Gaza Strip
The Israeli pirates confiscated the boat, cargo, and
detained the crew and peace activists on board, in an attempt to
intimidate other international peace activists from attempting to
provide humanitarian aid to the besieged 1.5 million Palestinians, who
have been under Israeli siege since 2007.
The only superpower in
the world cannot protect its own citizens when it comes to the Zionist
state, complete capitulation, not even a protest from the spokesperson
of the US State Department. However, all words of condemnation and
protest are used whenever events happen anywhere around the world.
US fleets are moved to the Somali coast to provide protection to
international ships against Somali pirates. However, nobody in the US
government dares to criticize Israeli piracy in the international water,
or to criticize the brutal Israeli siege of 1.5 million Palestinians in
Gaza for more than two years, or at least to demand the release of
Cynthia McKinney, the former US Congresswoman and presidential
All of this reminds us of how much power the Zionist
Israel-firsters, who collaborated to defeat Cynthia McKinney twice, have
over the US government.
US State Dept.: No comment on jailed former lawmaker
Date: 05 / 07 / 2009 Time: 19:19
A spokesperson for the US State Department earlier this week dodged
questions from a journalist on the fate of a former American lawmaker in
On Tuesday former US Congresswoman Cynthia
McKinney was among 21 arrested, including Nobel laureate Mairead
Corrigan Maguire, by Israel's navy while in international waters aboard
a vessel carrying humanitarian aid en route to the Gaza Strip.
Asked by Erin Conners of Press TV what the US was doing to see the
return of its former congresswoman, State Department spokesperson Ian
Kelly said, "We can't comment on any of the individuals or the number of
individual American citizens on board."
But the Washington, DC
spokesperson added, according to the US department's online transcript
record dated 1 July, that the US Embassy had been in touch with Israeli
authorities and was seeking access to its citizens, and made a point of
noting that "we donít take any position regarding the Free Gaza Movement
or any of its messages."
In response to other questions about the
fate of those onboard and the ship's medical and construction aid for
Gaza, Kelly responded, "I don't know the answer, actually. I think I
have to refer you to the government of Israel."
In a statement to
Ma'an, spokesperson Greta Berlin for the Free Gaza Movement wrote that
"[t]he sheer stupidity of the answer boggles your mind." "Can you
imagine what would happen if Iran intercepted a vessel and/or
incarcerated a former congressperson and Nobel Prize winner?"
Meanwhile, the governments of Ireland and the United Kingdom in recent
days have been vocal about the ongoing detainment of their citizens,
while a Bahraini delegation on Friday made its first-ever state visit to
Israel to retrieve its own five detainees.
Ireland's Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin called for the swift
release of two Irish nationals detained from the ship, including the
Nobel Peace Prize winner and a second man identified as Derek Graham.
"My immediate priority is ensuring the safety and welfare of Ms
Maguire and Mr Graham and securing their release as soon as possible,"
Martin said. "I would again renew my call for the release of Ms Maguire
and Mr Graham as well as the other nineteen passengers detained on The
Spirit of Humanity."
"I would also call upon the Israeli
Government to ensure that the humanitarian supplies for the people of
Gaza being transported on The Spirit of Humanity are made available as
soon as possible to the Palestinian authorities for distribution," he
Then on Saturday, a spokesperson for the United Kingom's
foreign secretary, David Miliband, announced that officers visited their
citizens "and we are providing consular assistance to them," according
to the British Sky TV network.
"We would be concerned if the
stories of the Israeli navy boarding the Spirit of Humanity in
international waters were true," the spokesperson added, noting that the
UK Foreign Ministry was looking into claims that the takeover violated
Israel deports six Free Gaza activists to UK
Date: 06 / 07 / 2009 Time: 13:26
The Israeli occupation government on Monday afternoon deported six
United Kingdom nationals detained for attempting to deliver aid to the
Gaza Strip last week, according to a statement.
UK passengers on flight OV315, arriving Heathrow, 14:15 today," the
announcement read, while another said a news conference was planned in
"By tomorrow everyone bar two (whose deportation should
happen within the next 2-3 days) will be home," said an earlier Monday
statement. "They texted on their way to the airport to send their thanks
to everyone who has supported them over the past days."
added that "[f]riends and family of the six are travelling to Heathrow
airport to welcome them and to hear for the first time direct accounts
of the forcible boarding by Israel" of the ship, which was carrying aid
and reconstruction supplies from Cyprus.
The British captives
reportedly will answer questions at a news conference at the Renaissance
Hotel on Bath Road at 16:00 UK time.
A spokesperson for the
United Kingom's foreign secretary raised the issue of the ship and its
partly British crew earlier Saturday, according to Sky News.
would be concerned if the stories of the Israeli navy boarding the
Spirit of Humanity in international waters were true," said a
spokesperson for UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband.
that the issue of Gaza's legal waters are murky, she still said her
country's Foreign Ministry was looking into claims that the takeover by
Israel's navy of the ship and its 21-member crew on Tuesday violated
international law, Sky News reported.
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