As Israel is heavily engaged in damage control following the Gaza flotilla, the next vessel is heading to the shores of Gaza, announcing to the world it too will be bringing humanitarian aid to the Gazans.
Officials in Jerusalem have announced that this ship will be stopped as was the case with the other Gaza flotilla ships earlier in the week, explaining that Israel remains firm on inspecting all goods imported into Gaza. Officials add that the military will take the necessary measures to address this ship, to prevent a compromise of the Gaza embargo.
At this time, officials are unaware regarding the scheduled arrival of the vessel, with the passengers telling the press they are part of the Free Gaza Movement. The Rachel Corrie left Ireland, and among the passenger on board are Nobel Prize laureate Mairead Maguire and former UN Assistant Secretary-General Denis Halliday.
Organizer Greta Berlin told the press she is waiting for the arrival of the Challenger Two, another small vessel that was delayed due to mechanical malfunction.
Berlin did not give a timetable, adding both vessels will make stops to pick up additional passengers and journalists.
Rachel Corrie was a member of the International Solidarity Movement protesting Israel’s presence in Gaza. She was killed by an IDF D9 bulldozer that did not see her as it was engaged in leveling structures in March 2003. The activists called themselves human shields against Israel’s occupation in Gaza.
In a related matter, Israel Radio reports Irelands Foreign Minister next week plans to introduce a motion in Dublin to oust Israel’s Mossad representative in that country. Ireland has also demanded that Israel immediately release any and all Irish nationals arrested on the Gaza flotilla.
Israel Radio also reports that the Rachel Corrie is together with Challenger II in the area of Libya.
Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen stated “I will make this point. If any harm comes to any of our citizens, it will have the most serious consequences.”
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)