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Nada for Gaza: The McKinney Israel trip

July 23, 2009

by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Ramle Prison, Israel.
This is Ramle Prison, Israel, where Cynthia McKinney and the rest of the Free Gaza 21 were held for a week.
Cynthia McKinney, the outspoken former congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate, recently got out of jail.

Yeah. That’s right. Jail.

It’s possible that you had no idea she was in jail.

That’s because she was in detention for almost a week in Israel.

Her offense? She accompanied a group from the Free Gaza Movement bringing medical supplies, olive trees, cement and children’s toys to the beleaguered and occupied Palestinians in Gaza.

McKinney and 21 other people were blocked from landing on the Gazan coastline and seized by the Israeli Navy in what she called “an outrageous violation of international law.”

McKinney was part of an international humanitarian mission to support an oppressed population – not with weapons, but with toys and medicines – and was thrown into jail!

In a recent call, when I was told about this, I was quite surprised, for I hadn’t heard or read a thing about it.

A major U.S. ally, which receives more U.S. military aid than any other nation on earth, blithely tosses a former U.S. congressperson, a past presidential candidate, and a Black civil rights activist into a jail cell, and few major media sources deem it worthy of reportage!

Was the wall-to-wall Michael Jackson coverage too impenetrable?

According to a later published account – aired first on her MySpace page – McKinney wrote the following, shortly after her release:

“We were in international waters on a boat delivering humanitarian aid to people in Gaza when the Israeli Navy ships surrounded us and illegally threatened us, dismantled our navigation equipment, boarded and confiscated the ship … All of us on board were then taken off the ship and into custody and brought into Israel and imprisoned. (Philadelphia Tribune, 7/7/09)

Umph! Cynthia McKinney in jail – in Israel – for bringing medicine to the sick, for bringing toys to children, for bringing succor to the oppressed and occupied!

(Oh! By the way, the name of that ship? It was the “Spirit of Humanity.”)

And it ain’t news?

© Copyright 2009 Mumia Abu-Jamal. Read Mumia’s brand new book, “Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the U.S.A.,” available from City Lights Publishing, www.citylights.com or (415) 362-8193. Keep updated at www.freemumia.com. For Mumia’s commentaries, visit www.prisonradio.org. For recent interviews with Mumia, visit www.blockreportradio.com. Encourage the media to publish and broadcast Mumia’s commentaries and interviews. Send our brotha some love and light at: Mumia Abu-Jamal, AM 8335, SCI-Greene, 175 Progress Dr., Waynesburg PA 15370.

6 thoughts on “Nada for Gaza: The McKinney Israel trip

  1. ODED BEN EFRAIM

    WHY DIDN’T YOU GO TO GAZA THROUGH THE EGYPTIAN BORDER ?
    ASK THE EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT TO OPEN ITS BORDER TO GAZA ! LET US SEE SOME DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE EGYPTIAN / ARAB / AFRICAN DICTATORSHIP !
    ISRAEL SUFFERED FOR YEARS FROM ATTACKS FROM GAZA. WHY NOT TALK ABOUT THIS ?
    THE AFRICANS YOU SAW IN PRISONS WERE FEW HUNDREDS THAT WERE SMUGGLED INTO ISRAEL ILLIGALLY. THEY WILL BE DEPORTED ACOORDING TO INTERNATIONAL LAW.
    ENOUGH WITH THIS ANTI ISRAEL AND ANTI JEWISH GARBAGE.
    GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT ! NOT ARAB COLONIALIST PROPAGANDA !

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  2. Zoya Goldman

    First of all, this story did make front page news on Yahoo. In fact, it was all over Yahoo for days. Ms. Abu-Jamal either does not really follow current events reported in this country or chooses to forget these reports for a dramatic effect. Secondly, I find it hard to understand why Ms. Abu-Jamal expects Israel to enforce its laws based on the identity of the perpetrator. I do hope though that her time in jail will keep C. McKinney out of Israel. There are plenty of children in our country who need toys and medicine. The difference would be that helping them doesn’t put one on front pages.

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  3. Robert

    Mr. Blagrove:

    If Israel is so racist, why are Africans trying to get in illegally? How come not Egypt, Sudan or the much richer Arab Gulf States? how many illegaqls have been shot dead by the Egyptians? or Libyans? No protest from you or McKinney.

    What do the Americans and English do with illegal immigrants? Breakfast with Obama or tea with the Queen?

    Why do you not try to help the poor refugees in Darfur, Sri-Lanka, Pakistan etc etc. You and I know the answer. Hypocrite.

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  4. Lewis

    All i can say is Zionists are like Nazis. Extreme Nationalists who will murder, steal, and do whatever it takes to control the region. I’ve seen interviews with Israelis in which they refer to Obama as a n*gger. Not to mention “death to arabs”. It’s funny that if someone is anti-zionist they are considered anti-semetic. In reality there is a strong hesidic jewish movement that is anti-zionist. They helped fund and deliver aid to gaza just last week. It was a humanitarian aid convoy called Viva Palestina – US. It was US based and supported by prominant Americans including many rabbis. Look it up if you don’t believe me. The world is waking up to Israels crimes. It may take some time, but Gaza will be free!

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  5. Thomas

    Mankind must oppose all evil. It must not be ignored.

    Zionism is rascism. (As it is taught in the Talmud.)

    Zionism is to Judaism what “fundamentalism” is to Christianity, evil. There is a difference however. Christ does not teach rascism. Fundamental Christiandom therefore is a perversion of the scripture. Zionism, as taught in the Talmud, is fundamentally rascist. It is not a perversion of the text, but is faithful to it. Jews who have read the Talmud know this. They will tell you it is not so however, because as the Talmud also teaches, lying to a gentile (goyim) is not sin.

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  6. Peter Bailey

    All logic seems to have escaped those who choose to attack Cynthia McKinney and Ishmahil Blagrove. Why is any criticism of Israel greeted with such venom and vitriol.

    Let’s go back 65 years or so and put the shoe on the other foot for the sake of analysis. If those who were delivering aid to Gaza, were individuals who had braved the nazi blockade of Warsaw, where jews were imprisoned in a Ghetto, to deliver medicines and toys etc… How would zionists respond? I think they would be greeted as heros. ENOUGH SAID!!!

    History teaches us much and the lesson to learn from this is that the same public attitudes that excused the Nazi torchure and murder of Jews, is still alive and well with us. Pity we don’t have many Palestinian filmmakers in Hollywood, for Schindlers list could quite easily be Mustapha’s List.

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT!!!

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