The BBC is reporting that the Israeli Navy has “intercepted” the MV Rachel Corrie but has not boarded or stopped her. The Israelis have made clear their determination that the boat will not dock in Gaza. The passengers have refused to accept a compromise worked out between Ireland and Israel to unload the ship in Ashdod and transfer the supplies without inspection directly to Gaza along with the passengers.
UPDATE: The Twitter account of Perdana Global Peace, the Malaysian NGO which is funding the Corrie trip announced 13 minutes ago (1:34 AM Pacific) that the ship has been forcibly seized by the Israeli navy and is being towed to Ashdod.
The Free Gaza Movement has issued this press release confirming the seizure:
Just before 9am this morning, the Israeli military forcibly siezed the Irish-owned humanitarian relief ship, the MV Rachel Corrie, from delivering over 1000 tons of medical and construction supplies to besieged Gaza. For the second time in less then a week, Israeli naval commandos stormed an unarmed aid ship, brutally taking its passengers hostage and towing the ship toward Ashdod port in Southern Israel. It is not yet known whether any of the Rachel Corrie’s passengers were killed or injured during the attack, but they are believed to be unharmed.
Keep those ships comin’. We’ll get there eventually. Even Martin Luther King acknowledged he wouldn’t get to the Promised Land, but that those who followed him would. We shall.