MV Rachel Corrie – a call on international community to lift Gaza siege – Ó Snodaigh
Speaking earlier today after the official re-naming of the Irish cargo ship bound for the under siege city of Gaza from Dundalk harbour, Sinn Féin Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD called for all Irish citizens’ support for the venture, which will aim to bring cement and other much needed supplies to the people of Gaza. The ship will set sail this evening for the Mediterranean, where it will join other boats on May 24th. Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD will hopefully join the MV Rachel Corrie here and sail to the Palestinian city of Gaza which has been under siege by Israel for over three years. On board the boats which will make up the Break the Siege flotilla, will be other human rights workers, parliamentarians, trade unionists and journalists.
Commenting in advance of the ship’s departure this evening Ó Snodaigh said:
"When I left Gaza city in November 2008 on board another siege breaking ship the Dignity, I had hoped that I would be returning some day to a city with the siege lifted. I am now travelling with humanitarian aid which will help the Palestinian people of Gaza begin to reconstruct their homes and lives, cement, medical aid, wheelchairs, school books, kettles... The courage of those behind the MV Rachel Corrie is to be commended, and while one ship of aid is a dot in the ocean to what is needed in Gaza, it is symbolic and it is a call on the international community to act to get the siege lifted and allow the Palestinian the right to live." ENDS