Friday, June 4, 2010

MV Rachel Corrie the ships in the international aid Gaza Freedom Flotilla


Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli bulldozer operator while trying to prevent the destruction of a Palestinian doctor's home. One of the ships in the convoy just attacked by Israel, is named for her.
Rachel Corrie, the 22-year old peace activist from Washington State, who attempted to stop a bulldozer operated by the Israeli military from demolishing homes and other buildings in Gaza. Rachel was struck and killed. Some witnesses claimed she was struck deliberately, but an Israeli inquiry found her death to be an accident.

The MV Rachel Corrie is one of the ships in the international aid Gaza Freedom Flotilla that was attacked by Israeli naval forces on May 31, 2010. Nine activists were killed when Israeli naval commandos boarded six vessels in a humanitarian aid convoy on Monday.

The Rachel Corrie`s trip to Gaza is sponsored by two non-governmental organisations, from Ireland and Malaysia. On board is Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire and former United Nations deputy secretary-general Denis Halliday. Also on board are a group of Malaysians sponsored by the former prime minister of Malaysia (Perdana Global Peace Organisation - PGPO).

Nine activists were killed when Israeli naval commandos boarded six vessels in a humanitarian aid convoy on Monday.

European diplomats have been engaged in talks with senior Israeli foreign ministry officials to allow an Irish-owned humanitarian aid vessel to deliver supplies to the Gaza Strip, according to Israeli daily Haaretz.. Ireland has also asked Israel to allow the Irish-owned ship to break the Gaza blockade.

Its cargo includes cement, medical equipment, toys and printing paper. "We don`t want to be heroes or martyrs, but we have to keep going ahead,? activist Jenny Graham told the Irish daily, The Belfast Telegraph.

Source :
- Salem-News.com, Bernama.com, Antara.com

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