BREAKING NEWS: ISRAELI MILITARY HAS TAKEN OVER MV RACHEL CORRIE - FREE GAZA MOVEMENT (5/6/10) PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 05 June 2010 18:13

BREAKING NEWS:


For Immediate Release:


(Off the Gaza coast, 5 JUNE) - Just before 9am GMT this morning, the Israeli military forcibly siezed the Irish-owned humanitarian relief ship, the MV Rachel Corrie, from delivering over 1000 tons of medical and construction supplies to besieged Gaza. For the second time in less then a week, Israeli naval commandos stormed an unarmed aid ship, brutally taking its passengers hostage and towing the ship toward Ashdod port in Southern Israel.  It is not yet known whether any of the Rachel Corrie's passengers were killed or injured during the attack, but they are believed to be unharmed.



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Press Release by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia - Perdana Global Peace Organisation (5/6/10) PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 05 June 2010 17:03

Source: Perdana Global Peace Organisation (Twitter)


On Saturday 5th June 2010, @PGPOrg said:


Latest confirmed report.


Press Release by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia:


Malaysia strongly demands Israel to ensure the safety of all the humanitarian activists onboard the cargo vessel MV Rachel Corrie that was seized by the Israeli Defence Force early morning of 5 June 2010.

Malaysia also demands for Israel not to take any drastic and violent military action on the unarmed passengers of the Rachel Corrie. All the humanitarian activists on board the Rachel Corrie should be given the necessary assistance to ensure their safety. Malaysia also calls on Israel to ensure a safe passage for the vessel to Gaza to deliver the humanitarian cargo. In this regard, Malaysia urges the International Community to persuade Israel to allow the humanitarian vessel to reach Gaza safely.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is closely monitoring the developments as there are six Malaysians on board the Rachel Corrie.

Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia

5 June 2010



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Message from Matthias Chang onboard MV Rachel Corrie (5/6/10) PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 05 June 2010 11:17

Message from Matthias Chang onboard MV Rachel Corrie:


(Note: Malaysian time 5-6 hours ahead of ship)


9:30am (Malaysian time) - Three Israeli patrol boats are now following Rachel Corrie.


10:00am (Malaysian time) - Israeli boats coming towards our ship. Stay calm.


Last contact 10:35am (Malaysian time) - They have jammed our radar.



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Defending MV Rachel Corrie By Invoking International Criminal Court - Perdana Global Peace Organisation (3/6/10) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 June 2010 22:54

We could act to deter an Israeli attack upon MV Rachel Corrie by invoking International Criminal Court Prosecution. According to the ICC Rome Statute,

Article 12 (2) provides “2. In the case of article 13, paragraph (a) or (c), the Court may exercise its jurisdiction if one or more of the following States are Parties to this Statute or have accepted the jurisdiction of the Court in accordance with paragraph 3: (a) The State on the territory of which the conduct in question occurred or, if the crime was committed on board a vessel or aircraft, the State of registration of that vessel or aircraft; … ” If one of the vessel is Irish vessel and the attack was committed against the vessel, the ICC may exercise its jurisdiction over this situation since the Ireland is a State Party to the ICC Statute. Israel’s attack may constitute a crime against humanity of murder, imprisonment, torture and other inhumane acts under Article 7 of the ICC Statute.

Ireland is a party to the Rome Statute. Hence if Israel were to attack the MV Rachel Corrie, the highest level Israeli officials could be prosecuted for the attack. If we got this word out internationally, it might do some good.



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Cindy and Craig Corrie, Parents of Rachel Corrie: We Call on the U.S. government and governments of the world to act now ..." (3/6/10) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 June 2010 22:47

Free Gaza Movement

Cindy and Craig Corrie are the parents of Rachel Corrie, who was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip on March 16, 2003, while trying to prevent the demolition of the home of a Palestinian pharmacist, his wife and three young children.

A Free Gaza boat that is being readied to sail to Gaza is named for her. Among those on board are Irish Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Corrigan-Maguire and former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday, who is also Irish.

The Corries, who have themselves been to Gaza twice and recently to Israel for a trial related to their daughter's killing, said today in a statement: "We call on the U.S. government and governments of the world to act now. First, the well-being of all the flotilla passengers still in Israel must be secured, and the identities of those killed and injured must be released immediately. Second, governments around the world must demand an independent investigation into the attack upon the flotilla and the killings that occurred. An Israeli-led investigation into an international incident of this magnitude is unacceptable. Our family's own experience has made it all too painfully clear that the Israeli military is unable or unwilling to adequately investigate itself. Third, the U.S. and other governments can and must insist that other boats from the flotilla, including the MV Rachel Corrie, named for our daughter, be permitted to sail through international waters to Gaza unobstructed. Finally, we demand that the governments of the world act as courageously as did the activists on the Free Gaza flotilla and, themselves, break the illegal and immoral siege of Gaza."



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