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Irish aid boat holds course towards Gaza despite Israel warning

In News and Updates on June 2, 2010 at 5:19 am

MV Rachel Corrie avoided capture during flotilla raid but Israeli lieutenant says ‘we will be ready’

“Medical supplies being loaded into the MV Rachel Corrie, which was named after a 23-year-old American killed in Gaza in 2003. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA”

The final boat in the Gaza aid flotilla was sailing at full speed towards the territory’s coast tonight despite warnings that it would be intercepted by Israeli forces.

The MV Rachel Corrie, a 40-year-old cargo ship bought by the Irish arm of the Free Gaza Movement, was delayed and avoided capture during Monday night’s assault. Tonight it was still in international waters about two days from Gaza, carrying a consignment of aid and 19 activists and crew, among them five Irish nationals, the organisation said.

The Irish taoiseach, Brian Cowen, warned Israel tonight that he expected no violence against those on the Rachel Corrie.

“If any harm comes to any of our citizens it will have the most serious consequences,” he said, calling on Israel to guarantee the vessel safe passage through the military blockade of Gaza.

The ship, named after the 23-year-old American killed in Gaza in 2003 while trying to prevent an Israeli bulldozer demolishing a Palestinian home, had halted in the Mediterranean following the assault while those on board – among them the Nobel peace laureate Máiread Maguire and Denis Halliday, a retired senior UN diplomat – discussed whether they should continue.

It was now carrying as a “second wave” of the flotilla, said Niamh Moloughney, who organised the sailing in Ireland.

“I’d say the mood on board is resilient and steadfast. When people signed up to this they knew what might happen,” said Moloughney. “We expected we would be confronted and there would be a stand-off, but no one expected this. But there’s never really been a question of the boat turning back.”

As well as the Irish nationals, the 1,200-tonne boat is carrying six Malaysians and eight crew of varying nationalities.

All those on board had received training in non-violent resistance before the sailing and had pledged not to fight back if the boat was boarded, Moloughney added.

Speaking on the boat’s satellite phone, Maguire said she was determined the boat should continue on its course.

“We’re not frightened, no, we hope the Israeli government will allow us to go freely in and we know the international community are calling for our safe passage,” she said.

Halliday said he had spoken to Ireland’s foreign minister, Micheál Martin. “He was very reassuring that the government was behind us and he gave us a complete green light to do what we’re doing and he’ll protect us as much as he can,” Halliday said.

Martin himself told parliament: “We will be watching this situation very closely – as indeed will the world – and it is imperative that Israel avoid any action which leads to further bloodshed.”

It appeared clear, however, that Israel planned to stop the ship.

The country’s military was carrying out “professional investigations” into what happened in Monday’s raid, an Israeli marine lieutenant, who was not identified, told Israel’s Army Radio. He added: “And we will also be ready for the Rachel Corrie.”The boat, which was bought at auction by the Free Gaza Movement after being impounded a year before in Dundalk, is carrying a consignment including medical equipment, wheelchairs, school supplies and cement, according to the organisation.

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  1. I have alerted all my children to follow your journey… May Allah be with all you brave ones on board MV Rachel Corrie and our deepest condolences those those who lost their lives for such noble cause..

  2. really..really hope that this will be a success..& pray for the safety of all on board

  3. May Allah bless U all and we are constantly performing the special prayer for your safe journey…… We salute and highly admire of your bravery in pursuing the journey. Let the whole world realize the spirit of humanitarian aid that being portrayed by all on board will make the journey possible and successful against the notorious Israel ‘Laknatullah’….. Fight against the real terrorist and barbaric Israel.

  4. At some point we will have turned the other cheek so many
    times we will be out of cheeks.. At some point….

  5. As an American I am furious that the US government has, again, fallen beside Israel in support of their piracy, kidnapping and murder of citizens from many different nations.
    Israel says they’re all terrorists, the US agrees.
    Both nations are doomed to failure and neither possesses the consent of their governed. These violent aggressions are always the beginning of the end of brutal and corrupt governments.
    The world stood against Brutal South Africa and their apartheid regime because it was the right thing to do, clearly my country has lost it’s way.
    I apologize for my nations complicity in these terrible acts. FREE GAZA

  6. I hope the isralies give you what you deserve.

  7. Best of luck this time, the tide has turned against this evil siege.
    The Zionists should abandon Palestine and go to Arizona, they like racists there I understand.

  8. My prayer goes to you all on MV Rachel Corrie. Allah swt bless you all for your strong determination & bravery. May this time the Israeli military leaves you guys alone insyaAllah.

  9. Please, please be safe. I wish I could bless every one of you.

  10. all glory and success to the mv rachel corrie….israel hates that name..thought they buried her long ago.

  11. INSYAALLAH!!everything goes well..be strenght to all rachel corrie crew!!Allahuakhbar!!!

  12. My prayers are with you, you brave heroes!! History will record your names as the courageous few who were brave enough to stand up to evil, and cause the start of the crumbling of the illegal Zionist regime.
    Peace be with you.

  13. ALLAH BLESS GOD,GOD BLESS ALLAH,ALLAH AND GOD,BLESS THE RACHEL CORRIE.

  14. Best of luck. I hope your trip will be a full success. The entire world is watching.

    Love & Peace from Germany

  15. My dua will be always for your,Rachel corrie,insyaAllah

  16. Dear MV Rachel Corrie:

    We’re cheering your bravery here in Olympia, Washington, hometown of Rachel Corrie. Thank you for challenging Israel’s illegal, immoral and inhumane blockade, and for bringing hope to Gaza and oppressed peoples everywhere. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  17. I wish you all a safe journey.I have to admit that I am very worried.

  18. you’re all heroes!!! God bless..

  19. Die a good death.

  20. I am glad that Ireland is backing Gaza. THE USE MUST STOP ALL AID TO IREAEL. I am glad to be Irish and am glad the Irish are supporting the poor people of Gaza.

  21. The whole situation is so tragic, but this really might be a turning point – the whole world is indeed watching, I can’t imagine that the Israelis won’t let the RC through, and that might be the beginning of the end of the blockade, maybe even the occupation … But then again, the Israelis have been known to do unimaginable things, so we’ll have to wait and see. Meanwhile, any way to get Google to stop putting pro-Israel advertisements at the end of this page? (an AIPAC ad showed up on mine, don’t know if they change for different viewers)

  22. Give us a live feed possibly on justin.tv so Israel can’t hold the footage and manipulate the story. Good luck!!!

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