Some background from a June 29th story at Green Party Watch, “McKinney & Free Gaza Leave Cyprus For Gaza”
From Free Gaza, the ship Spirit of Humanity has left Cyprus and is heading for Gaza. Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney is on board with 20 other humanitarian workers, along with supplies. The last relief ship that McKinney was on for Gaza was rammed by the Israeli Navy and escorted to port. Will the Spirit of Humanity arrive at Gaza?
Tuesday, June 30th update from Free Gaza website:
Call off your attack dogs
By Free Gaza Team / Tuesday, 30 June 2009 01:15
We just spoke to the passengers. Everyone is OK, but the situation is still very tense. They continue to be surrounded by Israeli warships which are threatening to open fire. The Israeli Navy is actively jamming all navigation systems in violation of international maritime law, endangering the people on board.
Former U.S. Congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney, speaking from on board the SPIRIT, stated, “I am extremely angry. We demand that the Israeli government call off their attack dogs. We are unarmed civilians aboard an unarmed boat delivering medical and reconstruction aid to other human beings in Gaza. Why in God’s name would Israel want to attack us and threaten our safety and welfare. I call on President Obama and the international community to intervene now to prevent this situation from escalating with potentially drastic results to the civilians on board.”
Since the boat’s navigation equipment is being jammed, it has turned westward in order to stay in international waters.The Captain and crew are working from the most ancient of navigation equipment…the compass to stay clear of Israeli waters.
At the Green Party Watch website and Free Gaza website, there are lists of action alerts and addresses to write to in order to support the free passage of the Spirit to Gaza.