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Irish Ship MV ‘Rachel Corrie’ On Collision Course With Israeli Navy

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June 2, 2010: Patrick Cooper / Irish Central – June 2, 2010

The ‘Rachel Corrie,’ the Irish-owned ship with Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire on board, continued to sail towards Gaza waters despite Israel making it clear they were giving no guarantees about its safety.

Maguire said the deaths of ten flotilla members at the hands of Israeli commandos had not deterred her or her fellow Irish blockade-runners. “We’re not frightened, no,” she said in an interview.

Meanwhile, Ireland‘s leader warned that the Irish government was watching the fate of the ‘Rachel Corrie’ very closely. “If any harm comes to any of our citizens, it will have the most serious consequences,” Prime Minister Brian Cowen said.

The Rachel Corrie, named after an American activist who died protesting Israeli actions, had been left behind the main flotilla in Cyprus for repairs and is only now approaching Gaza. On board the boat  is an aid cargo of  cement, medical equipment (including a CT scanner)  printing paper, schoolbooks and toys.

The ship, which was bought by the Irish Free Gaza Movement and refitted after it was abandoned in port at Dundalk, County Louth,  is now heading for a showdown with the Israeli navy.

But Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin confirmed to the Irish parliament  that he had received no undertaking from Israel that the ‘Rachel Corrie’ would be given safe passage. “In terms of the ‘Rachel Corrie’, we have received no assurances other than that the ambassador has conveyed to us that the Israeli government does not want conflict or confrontation with the ‘Rachel Corrie’. So one would hope that a different mindset will prevail,” he said.

Martin warned the Israeli government he would take “appropriate diplomatic action” if the ship was not allowed through. “We will be watching this situation very closely and it is imperative that Israel avoid any action which leads to further bloodshed,” he said. Prime Minister Brian Cowen reinforced  the message by saying Israel “did not have a leg to stand on” and  warned there would be “serious consequences” if the Irish crewmembers of the ‘Rachel Corrie’ were harmed.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Unlike the traitor and Zionist shill Obama and this treasonous administration and Congress, the Irish government has the cajones to stand up to the Israeli pirates, murderers, and international war criminals… – SJH

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  1. It doesn’t sound very safe…I can think of at least two other Nobel Peace Prize winners I’d like to see on that ship too!


    June 2, 2010 at 6:19 pm

  2. Pateriot,

    Let me guess, Obama and Gore? 🙂

    – SJH

    Steven John Hibbs

    June 2, 2010 at 7:40 pm

  3. We warned Israel yesterday that there was another boat on its way. The flotilla are fulfilling biblical prophecy of the beast from the sea, not good, not good at all for man to think that he is above God.


    June 2, 2010 at 8:55 pm

  4. June 2, 2010

    The Irish ship, MV Rachel Corrie, was tampered with by the Israeli Defense Forces according to Colonel Itzik Turgeman.

    The Rachel Corrie was planned to be the first ship to arrive into Gazan waters last weekend but was delayed due to mechanical problems now suspected to be a form of sabotage.

    An Israel newspaper reported “A senior officer in the Israel Defence Forces hinted that the IDF sabotaged the engines of five ships, saying “they took care of them.” The Colonel also told the newspaper that the army decided not to sabotage the Turkish ferry, Mavi Mamara which was attacked on Monday.

    Currently the Rachel Corrie is in a holding position in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. According to, Free Gaza Movement’s, Greta Berlin the Rachel Corrie is waiting for the Challenger II ship, which was damaged during the attacks.

    The Rachel Corrie will pick up more passengers, including human rights activists and journalists, before continuing their journey toward Gaza.

    Perdana Global Peace Organisation (PGPO) chairman, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is representing the six Malaysian passengers on board the Rachel Corrie, said “the ship was going to sail through Gaza waters and it had nothing to do with Israel.

    “They are not going to Israeli waters. Why is it that these Israelis are going to block people going towards Gaza and not using Israeli’s territorial waters at all? They have no right.”

    Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen has already said that there will be “serious consequences” if any harm comes to the Irish passengers on board.

    Niamh Moloughney, who organized the ships sailing from Ireland, said “I’d say the mood on board is resilient and steadfast. When people signed up to this they knew what might happen… We expected we would be confronted and there would be a stand-off, but no one expected this. But there’s never really been a question of the boat turning back.”

    Denis Halliday, one of the crew members on board, originally from Galway, said that he had spoken to Irish Foreign Minister, Micheál Martin and the crew felt encouraged by the international support they are receiving.

    “He was very reassuring that the government was behind us and he gave us a complete green light to do what we’re doing and he’ll protect us as much as he can,” siad Halliday.

    Over Tuesday morning there have also been reports of the launch of Turkish naval escorts for additional humanitarian sailings and an Egyptian border crossing. The is no direct information to show that the Turkish ships will support the Rachel Corrie and it is believed that the Egyptian’s opening their border is simply a way of demonstrating their outrage at the situation.

    The 1,200-metric ton boat is carrying five Irish, six Malaysians and “medical equipment, wheel chairs, school supplies and cement” all of which had already been inspected for contraband before leaving Dundalk, Ireland.


    June 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm

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