BREAKING NEWS: Egypt has broken its promise. the Spirit of Rachel Corrie has become a “floating Prison”.
May 26, 2011 Leave a comment
Egypt has broken its promise. It has not allowed the Spirit of Rachel Corrie to berth and unload its cargo in the Port of Al-Arish. The Spirit of Rachel Corrie remains stranded in Egyptian territorial waters. It has become a “floating Prison”.
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Al Arabi made a firm commitment to open the Rafah border and allow the ship to birth and unload its cargo.
The opening up of the Rafah border has been announced for May 28 in a statement by the Egyptian government.
While opening up the Rafah border, the Cairo government is not allowing the humanitarian cargo of the Spirit of Rachel Corrie to proceed by land to Rafah.
Is Cairo really committed to ending the blockade? In an agreement with the Malaysian government, the Egyptian authorities insist that the cargo be diverted and delivered via Israel.
What this decision suggests is that the opening of the border at Rafah remains restricted and is still subject to conditions set by Israel.
Will the cargo of the Spirit of Rachel Corrie be allowed to proceed to Gaza via the Rafah crossing on May 28th? That is the crucial issue as well as the ultimate “test” of Egypt’s commitment to repealing the 2007 agreement with Israel.
What happens to the Spirit of Rachel Corrie in the next few days will play a decisive role in the process of breaking the blockade.
Spread the word far and wide.
Support the Spirit of Rachel Corrie.
Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, May 26, 2011