Cynthia McKinney reportedly in flight

According to a post at her FaceBook page, Cynthia McKinney is on board an El Al flight headed to New York City and eventually to Washington DC.

Monday, July 06, 2009 Departure: 16:00Tel Aviv Yafo, Israel – Ben Gurion International, terminal 3 Arrival: 20:40 New York, USA – John F Kennedy, terminal 4 Airline:El Al Israel Airlines LY11 Duration 11:40 equipment: Boeing 747-400 She is coming to NY as above BUT connecting to DC for arrival there at midnight. Do not have details on the length of layover in NYC nor do I have ETA for DC. Trying to get that.

In an email sent to supporters by her 2008 campaign Press Secretary John Judge, he wrote

I just got a call confirming that former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and three other U.S. citizens were transferred from the Israeli prison at Ramale to Ben Gurion airport in Israel, the standard site for deportations. This information came originally from Mairead Maguire, the Irish Nobel laureate and was confirmed by the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, which is sending representatives to the airport. Maguire was told that the authorities would return to take her next, but she stated she is concerned about the fate of the remaining prisoners from Yemen, Jordon, the UK, Scotland, Palestine and Denmark, and may refuse to be released until all are released.

My note:
What possible grounds do the Israelis have to release these kidnapped prisoners a few at a time? If one is released then all should be released, since none of them acted differently than the others. I have been told that the form Cynthia McKinney was asked to sign was written in Hebrew, which if true is also illegal. She refused to sign the form, in any case, and then the Israeli authorities claimed that Israeli law required her to be held an additional three days, until Monday, July 6. Her early release today may reflect the level of pressure on Israel and the U.S. authorities generated by your work. By my count, the following twelve prisoners remain in Ramale:

Othman Abufalah, Jordan
Othman is a world-renowned journalist with al-Jazeera TV.

Mansour Al-Abi, Yemen
Mansour is a cameraman with Al-Jazeera TV.

Ishmahil Blagrove, UK
Ishmahil is a Jamaican-born journalist, documentary film maker and founder of the Rice & Peas film production company. His documentaries focus on international struggles for social justice.

Derek Graham, Ireland
Derek Graham is an electrician, Free Gaza organizer, and first mate aboard the Spirit of Humanity.

Alex Harrison, UK
Alex is a solidarity worker from Britain. She is traveling to Gaza to do long-term human rights monitoring.

Denis Healey, UK
Denis is Captain of the Spirit of Humanity. This will be his fifth voyage to Gaza.

Fathi Jaouadi, UK
Fathi is a British journalist, Free Gaza organizer, and delegation co-coordinator for this voyage.

Mairead Maguire, Ireland
Mairead is a Nobel laureate and renowned peace activist.

Lubna Masarwa, Palestine/Israel
Lubna is a Palestinian human rights activist and Free Gaza organizer.

Theresa McDermott, Scotland
Theresa is a solidarity worker from Scotland. She is traveling to Gaza to do long-term human rights monitoring.

Adnan Mormesh, UK
Adnan is a solidarity worker from Britain. He is traveling to Gaza to do long-term human rights monitoring.

Adam Qvist, Denmark
Adam is a solidarity worker from Denmark. He is traveling to Gaza to do human rights monitoring.

— John Judge
Researcher, Lecturer, Congressional staff

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  1. If you read the Israeli response, the delays were simply logistics.
    The authorities were trying to find and line up flights to the respective countries.
    Once they were arranged, the respective activist was taken to the airport and put on board.
    Believe me, Israelis don’t want them in their country any longer then necessary.

  2. Well apparently they want to keep the other members of the relief mission longer – if they were all being held for the same reason, why aren’t they all being released?

  3. It might take a while for these people to get home since the flights between the United Kingdom and Israel are extremely popular (especially in the summer). But I don’t understand how that Yemeni worker will be sent home. Perhaps via Royal Jordanian through Ammann, Jordan. All in all, it was a stupid stunt they pulled and they should really be more concerned with the violations going on here in Egypt and by our neighbors in Sudan since they are committing much larger crimes than the Israelis are alleged with.

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