Cynthia McKinney in Israeli custody
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 Israelis have a blockade up for a reason. They can make sure that weapons and rockets aren't delivered to the Palestinians. Humanitarian relief supplies are handled through the proper networks, overseen by the Israelis. Also, Barry isn't the president of Israel, and he doesn't dictate policy to them. Who does McKinney think she is when she says Barry "told Israel" anything. Last time I checked, Bib Netanyahu is giving Barry the one-finger salute.
And she attempted to run that blockade, and she's demanding she be allowed to. I say screw her. Let the Israelis keep her. She's lucky to be alive. They could've easily sank her little boat, and we'd be rid of this ignorant, racist nut once and for all. The Israelis have said they will release her and her companions in due time. If she tries this again, I say they sink the damn boat.