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McKinney and activists deported from Israel

Israel deports activists detained going to Gaza

Israel on Monday deported a former U.S. congresswoman, a Nobel peace prize laureate and other activists who were arrested and jailed after trying to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli navy commandeered their boat last week as it tried to sail from Cyprus to Gaza. It was the latest in a series of trips by activists trying to bring attention to the blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt on the territory after the Islamic militant Hamas seized power there two years ago.

There were 21 passengers and three tons of medical aid on board, and most of the activists were quickly expelled. But Nobel laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire and former U.S. congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, along with six other activists, remained in Israeli custody while the government arranged flights for them, according to Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Haddad.

They were deported by late Monday afternoon, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Israel says the embargo is a response to Hamas’ hostility toward the Jewish state, including attacks by Gaza militants against crossings used to deliver cargo into the coastal strip.</em>

Such is the state of our national media that you actually have to search for information on the detention of a former US Congressperson by an “ally”, albeit one who spoke out against Bush regime thus earning her “moonbat” status, but you can’t change a channel or open a webpage without being bludgeoned with Michael Jackson “news” or ponderings on Palin.

Oh yeah, Palin. An ethically challenged quitter who, like the rest of the GOP, lives in a fantasy land of patriotism and piety, a person who should only be allowed near Washington DC in a tour bus.


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