"The aid we were carrying is a symbol of hope for the people of Gaza, hope that the sea route would open for them, and they would be able to transport their own materials to begin to reconstruct the schools, hospitals and thousands of homes destroyed during the onslaught of "Cast Lead". Our mission is a gesture to the people of Gaza that we stand by them and that they are not alone" said fellow passenger Mairead Maguire, winner of a Noble Peace Prize for her work in Northern Ireland.
Just before being kidnapped by Israel, Huwaida Arraf, Free Gaza Movement chairperson and delegation co-coordinator on this voyage, stated that: "No one could possibly believe that our small boat constitutes any sort of threat to Israel. We carry medical and reconstruction supplies, and children's toys. Our passengers include a Nobel peace prize laureate and a former U.S. congressperson. Our boat was searched and received a security clearance by Cypriot Port Authorities before we departed, and at no time did we ever approach Israeli waters."
Arraf continued, "Israel's deliberate and premeditated attack on our unarmed boat is a clear violation of international law and we demand our immediate and unconditional release."
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Israel attacks boat, kidnaps human rights workers aboard including Cynthia McKinney, and confiscates olive trees, medical supplies and toys destined by donors for Gaza:
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“Thank God my husband is dead and can’t see me in a situation like this,” she says, looking down at her feet. “My old neighbor shakes her head in disbelief every time she comes to check on me.” For most of their lives spent in the Soviet era, Vorfolomejeva and her elderly neighbors only heard about the homeless in the Soviet propaganda as an example of the evils of capitalism abroad.