Below is the latest communique from the Spirit of Rachel Corrie, stranded in Egyptian territorial waters since May 16th.ALSO FIND THE BELOW MESSAGE on another link -- Linda:
Washington and Tel Aviv have instructed the Cairo military government to maintain the blockade and prevent the humanitarian cargo of the Spirit of Rachel Corrie to proceed through the Rafah land crossing.
Egypt 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 has become a "floating Prison"
Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Al Arabi had made a firm commitment in this regard.
Who is calling the shots in Cairo? Israel and Egypt collaborate in policing the Gaza border in the context of a bilateral agreement. According to confirmed sources, Military Intelligence, no doubt in consultation with Tel Aviv and Washington, has prevented the implementation of the decision by Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Military Intelligence is attached to the Ministry of Defense headed by Mohamed Hussein Tantawi Soliman who is the commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces and de facto head of State.
In turn, Hussein Tantawi is a permanent liaison with his counterpart in Tel Aviv, Ehud Barak, as well as with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in Washington.
The Spirit of Rachel Corrie is the Test case.
SUPPORT THE SPIRIT OF RACHEL CORRIE AS A MEANS TO BREAKING THE BLOCKADE.
IF THE CARGO IS TRANSPORTED BY LAND THROUGH RAFAH, AN IMPORTANT STEP IN BREAKING THE BLOCKADE WILL HAVE BEEN REACHED.
Michel Chossudovsky, May 30, 2011
TEXT Message May 28 approx 6am from Jenny on board of the vessel “Spirit of Rachel Corrie” to Gaza:http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/live-update-from-spirit-of-rachel-corrie-ship-to-gaza/
“Morale good on board. Now 17 people as relief crew arrived. Enough food for a few days but water running out. The 12 still absolutely refuse to allow cargo through Israel and insisting it go through Rafah as originally agreed”