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Cynthia McKinney Demands Release After Arrest by Israeli Navy July 1, 2009

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Former Green Party Presidential Candidate Cynthia McKinney

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Cynthia McKinney Demands Immediate Release After Her Gaza-Bound Boat is Seized by Israeli Navy

Former U.S. lawmaker and Green Party leader Cynthia McKinney, a longtime activist for the Palestinians, says her boat, the Spirit of Humanity, was carrying medical supplies, cement, olive trees and children’s toys to Gaza when it was seized by an Israeli navy ship.

June 30, 2009

Former U.S. lawmaker and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, whose relief boat was seized by an Israeli naval ship Tuesday for the second time in a year, is demanding the immediate release of her and 20 other activists.

McKinney, a longtime supporter of Palestinians, said her Greek-flagged boat, the Spirit of Humanity, was carrying medical supplies, cement, olive trees and children’s toys to Gaza when it was boarded by the Israeli navy.

“This is an outrageous violation of international law against us,” said McKinney. “Our boat was not in Israeli waters and we were on a human rights mission to the Gaza Strip. President Obama just told Israel to let in humanitarian and reconstruction supplies, and that’s exactly what we tried to do. We’re asking the international community to demand our release so we can resume our journey.”

The Israeli military issued a statement Tuesday saying that the boat had attempted to break a blockade of Gaza and was forced to sail to an Israeli port after ignoring a radio message to stay out of Gaza waters.

The statement said navy personnel boarded the freighter Arion without any shots being fired, and those on board were to be handed over to immigration authorities. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Israel was planning to free the crew and passengers.

“Nobody wants to keep them here,” he said. “They will be released as soon as they are checked.”

The humanitarian cargo was also to be trucked into the Gaza Strip after a security check.

In a statement released by the Green Party, McKinney said she had sent appeals to Obama and the State Department for assurances of protection for the relief mission. She said the boat was sailing in international waters when it was seized.

The White House nor the State Department was immediately available for comment.

This isn’t the first time a boat carrying McKinney has clashed with an Israeli navy ship. In December, McKinney was among 16 people aboard a medical supply boat that collided with an Israeli naval ship as it tried to enter coastal waters around Gaza.

At the time, the group claimed the Israeli military fired machine guns into the water in an attempt to the stop the boat’s progress. But a spokesman for Israel’s foreign ministry said “physical contact” was made only after the aid boat failed to respond to radio contact and he denied any gunfire had occurred.

Let’s pray for a safe return for Cynthia. I do not know much about Cynthia or her career but I hear that she is a strong advocate for women’s rights. I wonder what Obama’s response will be? She claims that Obama “told” Israel to let in the boats. Looks like Israel did not listen.

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19 Responses to “Cynthia McKinney Demands Release After Arrest by Israeli Navy”

  1. Madrigal Says:

    I really like Cynthia McKinney (at least when I’ve heard her speak) & I thought she was brave for breaking ranks with mainstream-money liberals & Dem elite to put forth her own more-progressive candidacy but I still don’t know a whole lot about her career either. It is definitely a point of research that I need to delve into more. Thanks for this post….I can see I’m getting somewhat addicted to your blog. 😉

  2. kywrite Says:

    This is the Cynthia McKinney most people recollect:,_2006_Capitol_Hill_police_incident

    She was a laughingstock for a while after this incident, though some of the nasty rhetoric directed at her went way overboard (no one should call anyone a “ghetto slut” and expect to get away with it). Green party presidential candidate last time round as well. She is also, unfortunately, a Troofer, one of the earliest ones.

    This Gaza incident is not the first time she’s played this game with the Israelis. The soldiers there know who she is and trust me, they don’t want to hold onto her longer than they must!

    I believe she’s also a good friend of the Code Pinkers.

    • afrocity Says:

      I dont care much for code pink and they are moonbats in my book.

      What is a Troofer?

      • Madrigal Says:

        yes, do tell…what is “Troofer?”

      • ghostofsparta Says:

        “Troofer” is a deroggatory term for a 9/11 truther…you know, the idiots that think the “moron” Bush managed to pull of 9/11 himself because he’s also an evil genius……yeah.

    • kywrite Says:

      A “troofer” is one of the 9/11 conspiracy believers — generally, they think that the WTC bombing was a huge conspiracy by the US government, and Bush initiated it in order to start a war in Iraq so he could get a little Texas revenge on that-there Saddam Hussein who tried to kill his daddy.

      You can find tons on it by googling 9/11 Truth (which is where “troofer” is derived). Also, Popular Mechanics did a brilliant debunking of most of their theories — I think in 2003 or 2004. None of them listened of course. Oh, well. You can only lead a horse to water.

      Anyway, anyone who actually believes our government could kill 3000 Americans and foreign guests — and then manage to cover it up — has way too much faith in government efficiency.

      • Liberal Larry Says:

        There are no 9/11 deniers that is a conservative lie. Troofers tell the truth about 9/11 that it was a ploy by rethugs and Bush to give us a reason to get in that phony war. Afghanistan never was what it was about. It is the oil and to get that they had to get Hussein outta there.

      • ghostofsparta Says:

        I’ve finally figured it out, LiberalLarry is the perfect mockery of liberalism. This post is too good to be true, it simply can’t be serious. Bravo sir, whoever you are, this character you are portraying is a stroke of genius!

      • afrocity Says:

        Thank you, I have never heard of a troofer. Now that you have told me, I know several. Everything has a tinfoil lining.

      • kywrite Says:


        I really, really like you.

      • kywrite Says:


        There are tinfoil linings on the extremes of all sides, aren’t there? Fortunately, those of us in the middle and immediately around it hold everything together anyway.

  3. LJSNAustin Says:

    I am getting very addicted as well!

  4. jbjd Says:

    Ms. McKinney has earned her reputation of not being too friendly with Jews.
    McKinney and the Jews 1
    McKinney and the Jews 2

  5. rise_Hillary Says:

    “She claims that Obama “told” Israel to let in the boats. Looks like Israel did not listen”

    I don’t know but it seems to me Obama says the opposite of what he does..he likely told them NOT to let the boats in just for the hell of it.

  6. ghostofsparta Says:

    Maybe while she’s in jail over there she’ll meet the guy who shot those 5,000 prisoners down in NOLA during Katrina.

  7. Madrigal Says:

    Hey folks! Afrocity!

    Most of you may have already seen this video (it is mainly being shown on conservative blogs but also TC has it up)

    Anyway, if you haven’t seen it…the video show’s Robert Gibbs (Mr. Slip ‘n’ Slide, I like to think of him as) FINALLY getting grilled by the press!

    I’m shocked… finally the press are getting some spine instead of always being Obama’s #1 pom-pom shakers.

    Alert!! Helen & chip kick ass & abandon the cheerleading squad! Woot! 😀

    • afrocity Says:

      Thanks Madrigal!

      Gibbs is a disgrace and a buffoon.

      • Madrigal Says:

        Helen Thomas compared the Obama administration to Nixon’s saying that not even Nixon tried to control the press the way Big Brother Obama is doing. Woo hoo, Helen!

        I wrote this about Gibbs on TC:

        “he is such a condescending jerk to Helen & such a weasil with Chip….The quintessential fake “sensitive guy” that kisses up to your face but backstabs you when you are out of the room. Ugh! …our the new Democratic generation.”

        I agree, afrocity, that Gibbs is a disgrace but I don’t think he’s a buffoon. On the contrary I think he is smart and slick & a cut-throat under all the harmless looking appearances… (just like Obama & Axilrove & Rahm & the rest of the golden boy back-stabbers club).

        sorry for getting off-topic on your thread 😦

    • kywrite Says:

      I remember when I was a kid you did not DARE misbehave because one of the old ladies in the neighborhood would either call you down herself or she’d see to it that Mom heard.

      Did Helen Thomas not look like one of those scary old ladies in that clip? Robert Gibbs is going to GET IT!! He has done crossed the wrong old lady.

      (and I say that with genuine respect — I love old ladies. They’re the ones that hold civilization together.)

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