Cynthia McKinney condemns Israeli massacre of activists

Don DeBar offers this article about the Israeli Defense Force’s action against a flotilla from the Free Gaza Movement which apparently resulted in the deaths of at least ten people. McKinney, Green Party presidential nominee in 2008, was involved in two earlier attempts to deliver humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza via ship.

Cynthia McKinney Mourns the Dead of the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza:

People of the U.S. and the world must end Israeli impunity now!

I am outraged at Israel’s latest criminal act. I mourn with my fellow Free Gaza travelers, the lives that have been lost by Israel’s needless, senseless act against unarmed humanitarian activists. But I’m even more outraged that once again, Israel’s actions have been aided and abetted by a U.S. political class that has become corrupted beyond belief due to its reliance on Zionist finance and penetration by Zionist zealots for whom no U.S. weapons system is too much for the Israeli war machine, and the silence of the world’s onlookers whose hearts have grown cold with indifference.

I recently visited the offices of IHH, the Turkish humanitarian organization that sponsored one of the Freedom Flotilla boats, and that was targeted by the Israelis for its murderous rampage. Reports are still coming in as to the full extent of the senseless Israeli violence. Of course, I expect Israel’s apologists in the press and in the United States government to shift into high gear to support Israel’s lying machine. Take note of their names. The 12,000 internet squatters/written word grenade throwers, hired by the Israeli Foreign Ministry to defend Israel and attack peace activists online, are already busy spreading their orchestrated disinformation in cyberspace. Be very careful what you read and believe from special interest press and the internet. You could be reading one of Israel’s hired hacks. As a news diversion from what Israel has just done, I suspect that we can also expect to see a lot of historical footage of war’s
atrocities on television: today is Memorial Day in the United States, a day long ago set aside to remember the sacrifices of U.S. war dead.

I encouraged and supported U.S.S. Liberty veteran Joe Meadors’s participation in the Freedom Flotilla. Unfortunately, the fate of the U.S.S. Liberty innocents on the high seas, while in international waters, has now been visited upon the participants in the Freedom Flotilla, in large measure because of the Congressional- and Presidential-level cover-up of the 1967 Israeli attack on that U.S. surveillance ship. Combined with the failure of just about every other effort to hold Israel accountable for its crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide, and crimes against the peace. Belgium and Spain changed their domestic laws of universal jurisdiction after Israeli appeals to do so. The entire musical chairs gang of rotating Israeli leadership are war criminals. During my imprisonment in Israel for attempting to take crayons to the children of Gaza, I called Israel a failed state. If Israel is threatened by unarmed, humanitarian activists to the
point of massacring them, then Israel is a failed state. Israel is a failed nuclear state.

Obama’s most recent granting of an additional $205 million for Israeli “missile defense” is unconscionable, when in the same week, reports revealed for the first time, Israel’s offer of nuclear weapons to apartheid South Africa. Just last week, a paper bearing the signature of former Israeli Prime Minister, Shimon Peres, was released by South Africa, revealing that in 1975, Israel could offer South Africa nuclear weapons “in three sizes.” South Africa’s then-Minister of Defense, P.W. Botha, was South Africa’s signatory to the letter. This information would make the entire Obama Administration look sadly farcical as it points an accusing finger at Iran, except that U.S. obeisance to the Israeli bloodthirst is deadly serious. With deadly outcomes.

Earlier this month, Israel was granted admission to the Organization of Economic and Community Development (OECD), a direct affront to ongoing Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) efforts across the world. Once again, Israel has thumbed its nose at the global community–with bloody results–because it can.

I am proud to serve on the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Palestine. Its next sitting will be in London, where we will examine corporate complicity in Israel’s crimes against Palestine. The Tribunal will sit from November 5 – 7. Please put this on your calendar. We all must do what we can, where we are to end wars against the people at home and wars against human rights abroad.

Finally, a friend just sent a message to me saying that the Israelis had lost their minds. Sadly, based on the past, the Israelis could very well conclude that they can do anything–imprison me for trying to take love to the children of Gaza and kill humanitarian activists trying to do the same–because they know, in the end, they’ll get away with it. Instead, I would suggest that we are the ones who have lost our minds, our souls, our spirits, and our human dignity if we allow the Israelis to get away with murder–again–and we do nothing.

I am calling on the people of the United States to change course now.

On this Memorial Day 2010, I am stunned and outraged beyond belief while mourning the dead of the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza.

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  1. Ms. McKinney is a true patriot! Israel is like the adult child molester who does the very thing that was done to them and then acts like the victim. As an American Jew I am ashamed of our change and hope commander and chief, who has once again been muzzled by AIPAC.

  2. mrs mckinney
    oh where have you been
    the people need you
    to speak with that sting
    you know the elite
    are scared of the things that you say
    your a mighty strong woman
    with a good way
    unfortunatley your married
    or I would marry you myself
    for your mind and the way you are
    I dont care about wealth
    I know I cant
    but please do one thing
    stand up and say
    with all your heart bring
    the forces of your goodness
    pronounce that heart loud
    gather all the people
    round the tree on holy ground
    stir up all that love
    the sacred being that it be
    with the power of your words
    let them go free.

  3. Thank you and others like you for your incredible courage to say what the world needs to hear…I pray the Good Lord look over and protect you..keep fighting the Good fight

  4. You’re my president and this statement by you is the reason why I voted for you. I also sent you money in Georgia twice from Oregon. I occasionally wear the shirt I made with the “I (heart) and a big picture of you”. On the back is a picture of you at work in the congress and “McKinney for President” which I wore to democrat rallies last election. Nobody says it as well as you. Thanks, Roy

  5. Thank you for this Cynthia! If commenting on this board makes me a target so be it! It is time we stand up for what’s right while we still can. You know this was murder! No matter how you look at it Israel came on their ship with weapons to kill and bring terror. That was there mission; the problem was they could not cut communication with the outside world fast enough. If Israel did not mean any harm then why did they cut communication? How come they can film the attack, but people on the ship cannot film? Why cut cell phones and satellite communications if you meant no harm? What are they tiring to hide?

  6. I support Cynthia and all that she is trying to do to help the Palestinian people. I am so thankful for a US political figure who stands up for what is right regardless of what it costs her. When will other US government figures break their silence and stop protecting the awful Israeli government? It’s about time that our US government holds the Israeli government accountable for their acts of terror.

  7. How can a people who claim a brutal historical past perpetrate the same evil upon another people. Do any Israelis have a soul with compassion for fellow humanity? They can’t be the same people. I submit that you can’t be the same people because G’d fearing people, once oppressed, will never seek the same for anyone or anything subjected to their authority. Israel, your actions and behavoir is shameful, but for some it is said that if you feel no shame do as you please.

  8. Bobby, there are many Israelis with compassion for their fellow humans. There are many Israelis who oppose what their government has been doing to the Palestinian people. There have been Israeli military personnel who have gone to jail rather than serve in what they correctly see as the inhuman treatment of the Palestinian people. Sadly, they do not control the government. They are few in number. While I totally understand the frustration and anger that would cause us to paint all Israelis as without compassion, we should try to support those who support the just cause of the Palestinian people under occupation. We need advocates for peace and justice in Israel too, in my personal opinion.

  9. You are brave and one GREAT woman, Cynthia McKinney. My hat off to you. The brave ones are so few in number. I hope as time goes by, there will be more and more people like you, brave and willing to look at the facts and speak the ‘truth’. If you don’t mind, I would like to direct people to the French Connection (iamthewitnessDOTcom) where you did an interview with the owner, Daryl Bradford Smith on the flotilla issue. Excellent interview from an ex-Israeli prisoner, ‘you’. May your days upon the earth be very long Cynthia McKinney. We need you.

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