Cynthia McKinney, Charles Barron & M-1 of dead Prez Arrive in Gaza

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More than 200 people came on to Gaza to bring humanatarian supplies.. New York City Councilman Charles Barron, Cynthia McKinney and M-1 were among the folks

More than 200 people came on to Gaza to bring humanatarian supplies.. New York City Councilman Charles Barron, Cynthia McKinney and M-1 were among the folks

http://www.vivapalestina-us.org/2009/07/we-are-in-gaza/

 Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and  Viva Palestina USA arrived in Gaza with a convoy of desperately needed humanitarian aid. She traveled with a group of Rabbis, UK Member of Parliament George Gallaway, elected US officials and hundred of citizens of the United States. 

 http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/cynthia-mckinney-and-charles-barron-enter-gaza-relief-convoy

Cynthia McKinney and Charles Barron Enter Gaza on Relief Convoy
by BAR Editors

“The U.S. Embassy required American citizens to sign papers waiving their right to protection by their own government.”

M-1 of dead prez always represents for the people- photo-Next left Notes

M-1 of dead prez always represents for the people- photo-Next left Notes

After days of maddening delays by Egyptian and U.S. authorities, on Wednesday the Viva Palestine US caravan crossed from Egypt into the Gaza strip, home to 1.5 million besieged Palestinians. Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, New York City Councilman Charles Barron and Dead Prez rapper M-1 are among the 200 delegates who attempted to deliver hundreds of thousands of dollars in humanitarian aid. The Egyptians, who control the only non-Israeli entrance to Gaza, at the town of Rafah, reportedly prevented the activists from delivering some of the 47 vehicles purchased.

The activists have been warned they must leave Gaza in 24-hours, or will have to stay until the Egyptians open the border crossing for normal business. The Egyptians have been helping the Israelis enforce a blockade of Gaza since 2007.

The supplies are meant to aid recovery from Israel’s brutal December-January assault on Gaza in which at least 1,400 people died.

For McKinney, this is the third attempt to enter Gaza. She was a passenger in the relief vessel Dignity when it was rammed by the Israeli navy in international waters,

December 30. The heavily damaged craft was forced to limp into a Lebanese port. Then, in late June, McKinney and 20 other human rights activists were arrested when their boat Spirit of Humanity was boarded by the Israeli Navy on the high seas. McKinney spent days in an Israeli prison before being released, but within days was on her way to join the Viva Palestine US caravan, organized by British Member of Parliament George Galloway.

“The Egyptians government harassed the convoy at every opportunity.”

The American delegates were angered at the extent of U.S. government collaboration with Egyptian and Israeli efforts to frustrate the humanitarian mission. The U.S. Embassy required American citizens to sign papers waiving their right to protection by their own government should they enter Gaza. “This was not required in the first Gaza convoy nor was such an item required in the Free Gaza Movement,” said McKinney.

The Egyptians government, which gets more U.S. aid than any foreign government other than Israel, harassed the convoy at every opportunity, roughing up delegates on the bridge at the Suez Canal. Meanwhile, two Israeli destroyers ostentatiously passed through the canal on Tuesday heading to the Red Sea. Israeli sources say the warships are on a mission to stop arms smuggling to Gaza.

On Tuesday, McKinney and Barron sent the following letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

Dear Mr. President
Dear Madam Secretary
Viva Palestina USA, a humanitarian relief effort for Gaza, is now in Egypt and requests your immediate assistance. We were supposed to have arrived in Gaza on Monday, July 13, 2009, but our arrival into Gaza was delayed because our departure from Cairo, Egypt was delayed by at least two days. Last-minute bureaucratic questions and additional requirements caused the delay. The people of Gaza can’t wait.

You have noted that Israel’s siege of Gaza should be eased and medical supplies should be allowed in. We are implementing what you reportedly put into writing. The people of Gaza need your help and we have important assistance for them. Please contact the Egyptian authorities and ask them to let Viva Palestina USA humanitarian assistance proceed through the Rafah crossing. We need your help today so that we can help the people of Gaza rebuild their lives devastated by occupation and brutal invasion McKinney and Barron signed the letter on behalf of “200 Viva Palestina USA volunteers and thousands of Viva Palestina USA donors.”

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Comments

  1. I am proud to know that M-1 and so many others like him …put into practice what there heart tells them is right.

    I am so sorry to see a great nation like America take a position seated in privledge and abuse the power of the people within its borders;Those who have so much God given talent—-are being betrayed by those whose love of oil wealth, greed and various “ism’s” rules everything.

    The Evergreen State College

  2. “I am so sorry to see a great nation like America take a position seated in privledge and abuse the power of the people within its borders;Those who have so much God given talent—-are being betrayed by those whose love of oil wealth, greed and various “ism’s” rules everything.”

    On a global scale you sound like a spoiled narcissistic little child.

    People like you in the U.S. ARE the abusers of power (if you choose to word it like that) – you just don’t want to look at yourself in that light. Most people on the planet have to worry about water and food.You don’t . You want to defer your greed to policy makers and rich people. You’re not any different – you just use projection psychology to feel good about yourself.

    And I doubt you’re “sorry” about anything. If you were you would focus strictly on the shit you can control and make it better directly.

    People put into practice what they feel is right everyday – everyone does.Even wealthy individuals are convinced they have the moral high ground. And in many instances.. at times they do. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet have done more with their lives than most middle class Americans with all the opportunity in the world will ever do.

    The theater of war and social movements are as much a diversion from oneself as the television – unless your directly getting something out of it and are a direct participant.

    M1 gets something out of his trip to Gaza. He gets to travel, and he gets media attention which leads to more gigs and money etc..

    Everything in the U.S. is business and nobody is “above” it.

  3. Possibly the dumbest comment I’ve ever seen, Burp. Go back to elementary school and start over.

  4. Ryan J. Barber says:

    Dumb comment?

    Seems to me like there a whole lot worth considering in there.

  5. Viva Palestina activists showed support for Hamas by meeting with Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh. Check out the full story here:

    http://contemporaryantisemitism.blogspot.com/2009/07/viva-palestina-arrives-in-gaza-and.html

  6. Kci girl says:

    i second that nu nu!!!

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