McKinney May Try Again For Gaza (Wash Times)
December 31, 2008 in Peace & Non-Violence
From the Washington Times:
The father of former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Georgia Democrat, said Tuesday his daughter may try again to take medical supplies to war-battered Gaza.
The father, Billy McKinney, one of Atlanta’s first black law enforcement officers, quoted his daughter as telling him by telephone Tuesday that an Israeli patrol boat three times rammed a mercy vessel carrying her, 15 other activists and medical supplies to Gaza.
Nobody aboard the boat was hurt, but the vessel was destroyed, he said she told him. He said his daughter called to say that she was safe.
He was asked whether Ms. McKinney planned to return to the United States, where she divides her time between Atlanta and Los Angeles.
“If I know my daughter, she’s going to complete that mission,” he replied. “She’s a very determined woman.”
Ms. McKinney’s mother, Leola, said she will be worried about her daughter “until she gets back,” adding that there was nothing she could do to prevent her from going to the Middle East.
“I’m her mother, and I didn’t want her to go in the first place,” she said. But, she said, “she’s an individual and makes up her own mind. I didn’t think she would be safe over there.”
Ms. McKinney, the first black to represent Georgia in Congress, criticized the Bush administration for allowing terrorists to attack New York and Washington on Sept. 11 and introduced articles of impeachment against President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.