VIDEO; Cynthia McKinney, the Israeli Navy, and $4 billion worth of natural gas off Gaza

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VIDEO; Cynthia McKinney, the Israeli Navy, and $4 billion worth of natural gas off Gaza

Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney on the Israeli Navy’s circuitous route to shore, with the Spirit of Humanity in tow, after her arrest with 21 other human rights activists while trying to deliver medical supplies, building materials and childrens’ toys to Gaza:

On June 30th 2009, Israeli Naval gunships surrounded the Spirit of Humanity, a boat used by the Free Gaza Movement, in international waters 60 miles off the coast of Israel, and arrested twenty-one activists, from 11 countries, including former Gerogia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who had boarded the Spirit of Humanity in Lamaca, Cyprus, with medical aid, toys, and building supplies, hoping to carry them to Gaza’s besieged Palestinian population.

They had hoped not only to deliver aid, but also to challenge the illegal blockade imposed by the Israeli government on Gaza.

Coastal water off Gaza are rich in natural gas reserves.Upon her release and return, Cynthia McKinney spoke to WBAIX, from New York’s JFK Airport, where she reported that the Israeli Navy had towed the “Spirit of Humanity,” not directly to Port Ashdod, but, on a circuitous route, bypassing Gaza. This, she said, suggested that the Israeli Navy is engaged in activity that they do not want observed in the coastal waters off Gaza, known to be the site of billions of dollars worth of natural gas reserves.

Barack Obama, in his speech proposing U.S. reconciliation with the Moslem world, in Cairo, Egypt, on 06.03.2009, said nothing of the estimated $4 billion worth of natural gas off the Coast of Gaza, or the oil and natural gas in Iraq, Iran, or Sudan, or, the pipeline projects to move Central Asian oil and natural gas through through Afghanistan, and other parts of Central Asia.

The Gaza Strip
The Coast of the Gaza Strip is rich in offshore natural gas reserves.

On June 30th 2009, Israeli Naval gunships surrounded the Spirit of Humanity, a boat used by the Free Gaza Movement, in international waters 60 miles off the coast of Israel, and arrested twenty-one activists, from 11 countries, including former Gerogia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who had boarded the Spirit of Humanity in Lamaco, Cyprus, with medical aid, toys, and building supplies, hoping to carry them to Gaza’s besieged Palestinian population.

They had hoped not only to deliver aid, but also to challenge the illegal blockade imposed by the Israeli government on Gaza.

Upon her release and return, Cynthia McKinney spoke to WBAIX-New York, from New York’s JFK Airport, where she reported that the Israeli Navy had towed the &quotSpirit of Humanity,&quot not directly to Port Ashdod, but, on a circuitous route, bypassing the Gaza Coast.&nbsp This, she said, suggested that the Israeli Navy is engaged in activity that they do not want observed off the Gaza Strip, known to be the site of billions of dollars worth of natural gas reserves.

Barack Obama, in his speech proposing U.S. reconciliation with the Moslem world, in Cairo, Egypt, on 06.03.2009, said nothing of the estimated $4 billion worth of natural gas off the Coast of Gaza, nor of the oil and natural gas in Iraq, Iran, or Sudan, or, the pipeline projects to move Central Asian oil and natural gas through through Afghanistan, and other parts of Central Asia.&nbsp

Here’s former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney on the Israeli Navy’s circuitous route to shore, with the Spirit of Humanity in tow:

Israel has two oil and natural gas drilling platforms north of Gaza, which some believe they are using to slant drill into Gaza’s natural gas reserves.  

Here are links to more reporting and analysis:

Geopolitical Time Line: War, Natural Gas and Gaza’s Marine Zone; article by David K. Schermerhorn in Global Research

Stealing Gaza’s Gas, Amnesty International, Free Gaza Team

War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields
by Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

Gaza siege and natural gas: Gaza siege intensified after collapse of natural gas deal,  Mark Turner, The Electronic Intifada

Energy Security Challenges for Israel Following the Gaza War: by Gal Luft, Executive Director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, Journal of Energy Security

War and Gaza’s natural gas: A Ramattan TV interview with Alfred Lambremont Webre, international lawyer in Vancouver.

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