Cynthia McKinney aboard detained Free Gaza Movement relief boat


For Immediate Release:
Thursday, June 25, 2009

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614,
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805,

Breaking news: Cynthia McKinney aboard detained Free Gaza Movement relief boat

• Boat with 33 international human rights activists is acting on
Obama’s call for medical supplies and cement to be delivered to Gaza

WASHINGTON, DC — 2008 Green presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney is
participating in a second campaign to deliver goods to Gaza in
defiance of an Israeli blockade.

According to recent news reports, port authority officials in Cyprus
have detained a multi-national Free Gaza Movement boat in Lanarca
under pressure from Israel. The boat is carrying 33 human rights
activists, including Ms. McKinney, and shipments of medical supplies
and cement.

See Ms. McKinney’s June 25 blog post for an update

Ms. McKinney notes that President Obama himself has called for medical
supplies and cement to be sent to Gaza. Despite the Obama statement
and a request from Ms. McKinney to the White House for an assurance of
safety, the US State Department has warned the boat against sailing to

Cynthia McKinney, a former six-term Democratic member of the US House
from Georgia, was aboard a Free Gaza Movement boat delivering medical
supplies to Gaza that was rammed by Israeli naval forces in January,
2009. Ms. McKinney and running mate Rosa Clemente were nominated for
President and Vice President at the Green Party’s 2008 national
convention in Chicago, Illinois.

For news on the unfolding situation, see:

• Communications and updates from Cynthia McKinney:

• Special report on Gaza featuring Ms. McKinney and Greta Berlin of
the Free Gaza Movement (audio and text):

• Free Gaza Movement:

• “Cyprus halts aid boats bound for Gaza Strip: US-based Free Gaza
Movement planned to take 33 activists to Gaza with medical supplies
and cement; Cypriot shipping officials cited inspection requirements
for stopping the two vessels from leaving port”
Reuters/Israel News, June 25, 2009,7340,L-3737002,00.html

• “Activists plan to send Gaza cement, in violation of Israel blockade”
Reuters and Haaretz Service, June 18, 2009

From the Green Party:

• “Greens join Global Day of Action for Boycott, Divestment and
Sanctions on March 30 to end the Israeli occupation,” March 26, 2009

• “Green Party: Israel-Palestine truce must include end of Israeli
occupation and observance of international law or violence is likely
to resume,” January 19, 2009

• International Committee of the Green Party:


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8 thoughts on “Cynthia McKinney aboard detained Free Gaza Movement relief boat

  1. Michael Cavlan

    That is my girl.

    She got big old swinging balls.

    Or is that a massive clit?


  2. Levon Helm

    Let’s wish the Green Party candidate from 2008 well.

    Let us also hope she returns safely, and soon to:

    1. Appear at Green Party meeting in North Carolina late July.

    2. Urge that 435 Greens get on the ballot for U.S. House in 2010.

    3. Be one of those Green Party candidates.

    4. Talk about the need for a Green New Deal.

  3. Donald Raymond Lake

    Spot lighting the need for non Democratic Party political action:

    PARTISAN ‘Progressives,

    change for missouri,

    and their lack of non DNC posts!

    Gary, Gary, Gary…Are you saying that this never happened? That the Israelis did not prevent the ship from taking aid to Gaza? Okay, then. What’s your version of what happened? Jeannette Ward

    — On Wed, 7/1/09, Gary Gottlieb wrote:

    From: Gary Gottlieb

    Subject: Re: [changeformissouri] Fw: Israel Attacks and Boards Spirit of Humanity

    Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2009, 10:02 PM

    You should consider examining the source before you repost these things. While there are many groups of Israelis and Palestinians working together to force their governments to forge a two-state solution, there are also many one state supporters, anti-semites who are as cruel as the Israeli government. does not support a two state solution, it supports the elimination of Israel and the annihilation of Jews. When you repost their view of an event, you further their agenda, which contradicts any meaningful, peaceful and just solution. I suppose you have the right to support bigotry if you like, but you should be aware that this is what you are doing.

    If you like, I can go to and repost the hateful monologues from the hate-filled bigots on the other side of this issue.

    “I have the South in front of me and I have the bankers behind me, and for my country I fear the bankers most.” – Abraham Lincoln

    “It’s the corporations, stupid” – Author unknown

    — On Tue, 6/30/09, Patricia McHugh wrote:

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