The Malaysian government has pleaded with Israel to allow their aid ship to safely head to Gaza. The Irish ship funded by Malaysia is the MV Rachel Corrie. Onboard are 11 activists which includes a Nobel Peace laureate named Mairead Corrigan. Corrigan is an Irish peace activist who seeks to bring attention to the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians.
The Rachel Corrie is the remaining member of an international convoy. The other members of the fleet were boarded by Israeli soldiers who killed activists onboard. The ship is funded by an NGO headed by Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. The organization is the Perdana Global Peace Org.
One of the activists on the ship, Shamsul Akmar, has said, “We do not know what to expect, but hope that we will be given safe passage to get the aid to Gaza.” Akmar is the one who notified Al Jazeera that the people on the ship are peace activists. He continues, “If the Israeli army attacks us and tries to board our ship, we will not attempt any resistance.”
The response of the Israeli government didn’t seem to conform to the activists though. They have offered to escort them and deliver the aid. Egypt was said to help as well. The activists, though, are worried that if this were the case, not all cargo might be delivered. The reason for this speculation is because the ship carries cement with it. Cement has long been banned in Israel for fears of being used to make bunkers.