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The Spirit of Rachel Corrie mission is safe and sound, back in Malaysia. At 8.00am EDT, they held a press conference in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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Written by Chandra Muzaffar   
It is a pity that it took The Spirit of Rachel Corrie more than two weeks to dock at El Arish port in Egypt. It does not reflect well upon the Egyptian authorities.

The humanitarian aid that the Malaysian owned cargo ship has been carrying, namely, 7.5 kilometres of pipes will help to restore the devastated sewerage system in Palestinian Gaza. The pipes are stored at a warehouse at the port. They will be delivered to Gaza by land.

The repair and restoration of the sewerage system is essential for the rebuilding of Gaza’s infrastructure destroyed by Israel’s brutal assault upon the strip in December 2008 and January 2009. It is hoped that the Egyptian authorities will expedite the delivery of this aid to Gaza.

The peace activists on The Spirit of Rachel Corrie, a number of whom are Malaysians, had initially tried to break the Israeli siege of Gaza and deliver the aid material directly to the people of Gaza. It is significant that their ship, sponsored by Malaysia’s Perdana Global Peace Foundation(PGPF), managed to enter Palestinian waters but was forced to turn back after an Israeli navy patrol boat fired warning shots over its bow. It was then that the ship turned around and entered Egyptian waters.

By almost breaking the siege in spite of the aggressive stance of the Israeli navy, and by remaining steadfast in their mission in the face of the initially uncooperative attitude of the Egyptian authorities, the peace activists on The Spirit of Rachel Corrie have displayed tremendous courage, perseverance and determination.

JUST, all Malaysians, and indeed peace advocates everywhere salute them!

(The above statement was first made on 24 May 2011 and amended on the 2nd of June to incorporate the latest developments.)

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