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More on McKinney

First, I got a return call from the Israeli consulate in Atlanta and the consulate employee told me that the Israeli Defense Force and Israeli Foreign Affairs office has released information he read which says that Cynthia McKinney is not being detained by the Israeli government. He said that she “had done this sort of thing before” and that she does so “to get in the papers”.

He said that the humanitarian aid onboard the ship will be delivered to Gaza via a land route. He explained that delivery via water was forbidden but land routes have been authorized. He said the ships were boarded without any shots fired and taken to an Israeli port.

Below is the most recent news from the national office:

(Forward widely)

Breaking news: Associated Press story “Israeli navy commandeers Gaza aid boat” says that Cynthia McKinney and the other human rights activists on the Free Gaza relief boat will be released as soon as they’re “checked”

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jx1nZQxJbxcsg8CKOJLVLVWTnybAD99557M80

Read Cynthia McKinney’s latest statement here: http://www.freegaza.org/en/home/hope-fleet-news/970-call-off-your-attack-dogs-cynthia-mckinney

See also: “Tell Israel to Free Humanitarian Workers Aboard Free Gaza Boat!”
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/641/t/2439/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27540

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From John Judge (who will be interviewed live on blogradio tonight: see below)….

Friends,
Please see the story below. Israeli Defense Forces surrounded, attacked boarded and confiscated a boat carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, in international waters, with a large group of human rights workers including former Rep. Cynthia McKinney. Please do what you can to spread this to your networks and to contact the numbers below and demand White House and State Department intervention and condemnation of this illegal act and release of all people confined. For updates and more details see http://www.freegaza.org or contact:

Greta Berlin
F.G. Human Rights Projects, Ltd (Free Gaza Movement)
c/o Centaur Trust
122 Athalassis Avenue, POB 28779
2082 Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel. +357 99 081 767
friends@freegaza.org

PLEASE CALL ALL OR SOME OF THESE NUMBERS TODAY:

State Department: 202-647-4000 or 1-800-877-8339
White House: Comments: 202-456-1111, Switchboard: 202-456-1414
Congress 202-225-3121 (ask for your representative)

US Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel
011-972-3-519-7575
011-972-3-517-3227 fax

http://www.telaviv.usembassy.gov

Mr. Richard Jones, Ambassador

US Consulate General in Jerusalem, Israel
011-972-2-622-7230
011-972-2-671-5742

http://www.jerusalem.usconsulate.gov

Mr. Jacob Walles, Consul General

CALL or FAX Major Liebovitz from the Israeli Navy at:
Tel + 972 5 781 86248 or +972 3737 7777 or +972 3737 6242
Fax +972 3737 6123 or +972 3737 7175

CALL Mark Regev in the Prime Minister’s office at:
Tel +972 2670 5354 or +972 5 0620 3264
mark.regev@it.pmo.gov.il This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

CALL Shlomo Dror in the Ministry of Defence at:
Tel +972 3697 5339 or +972 50629 8148
mediasar@mod.gov.il This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

http://www.freegaza.org/en/home/hope-fleet-news/976-israel-attacks-justice-boat-kidnaps-human-rights-workers-confiscates-medicine-toys-and-olive-trees

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Forwarded by Rosa Clemente….

From: Nancy Leigh
Date: June 30, 2009
Subject: Emergency Demo @ Israeli Mission -Protest Israeli Piracy and Kidnapping of Cynthia McKinney – Wed.

EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION
Against Israeli Piracy & Kidnapping
Free Cynthia McKinney and all kidnapped human rights workers!

WEDNESDAY 4-6 PM

at the

ISRAELI MISSION
800 Second Avenue
(Second Avenue @ 43rd St.)
[New York City]

Last night, Israeli Occupation Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. The passengers and crew are being forcibly dragged toward Israel.

The seizure of humanitarian supplies and abduction of human rights workers is an act of piracy, a crime under international law. When the boat was attacked, it was not in Israeli waters and was on a human rights mission to Gaza. Israel’s deliberate and premeditated attack on an unarmed boat in international waters is a clear violation of international law. Join us tomorrow from 4 to 6 pm at the Israeli Mission to demand an immediate and unconditional release of the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, all 21 human rights workers, and the humanitarian supplies.

According to an International Committee of the Red Cross report released yesterday, the Palestinians living in Gaza are “trapped in despair.” Thousands of Gazans whose homes were destroyed earlier during Israel’s December/January massacre are still without shelter despite pledges of almost $4.5 billion in aid, because Israel refuses to allow cement and other building material into the Gaza Strip. The report also notes that hospitals are struggling to meet the needs of their patients due to Israel’s disruption of medical supplies.

Let the Humanitarian Aid through!
Free Cynthia McKinney and all kidnapped human rights workers!
Stop the blockade of Gaza!

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Forwarded by Nancy Allen….

John Judge on blogtalkradio tonight on the McKinney kidnapping

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/your-world-news

Please Join us tonight LIVE for a special report concerning breaking news from the Middle East Region of the World. Within the last 48 hours the Israeli Defense Forces surrounded, attacked boarded and confiscated a boat carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza , in international waters, with a large group of human rights workers including former Rep. Cynthia McKinney. We will be joined tonight by Cynthia McKinney’s Press Secretary, Mr. John Judge, to explain to us all of the details concerning this most recent injustice. www.blogtalkradio.com/your-world-news.

Tonight’s show will air at 11:00PM EST. If you cannot catch the show LIVE tonight please listen to it on archive simply by visiting: www.blogtalkradio.com/your-world-news. Please send this show out to all of your networks, friends and family. This is extremely important that we get the word out to raise awareness and support for these human rights workers! We cannot rely on the mainstream corporate media to carry this story in its proper context. Please do what you can to spread this to your networks and to contact the website below and demand White House and State Department intervention and condemnation of this illegal act and release of all people confined. For updates and more details see www.freegaza.org

You may catch the show on archive simply by visiting: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/your-world-news.

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