Photo: Barrister Matthias Chang and volunteers on MV RACHEL CORRIE
At 5:35 A.M. on Saturday June 5, 2010 (Tel Aviv Israel time), Barrister Matthias Chang, a volunteer aboard the humanitarian ship MV Rachel Corrie carrying humanitarian relief to Gaza reported that Israeli ships were approaching the MV Rachel Corrie and had jammed its radar.
No communications have been received from volunteers aboard the humanitarian ship since that time volunteers in Malaysia.
The full text of Barrister Matthias Chang's email from the MV Rachel Corrie is as follows:
Dear All, I append below the message(s) from Matthias Chang on board the MV Rachel Corrie.
4:30 am (Tel Aviv Time) - Three Israeli patrol boats are now following Rachel Corrie.
5:00 am (Tel Aviv Time) - Israeli boats coming towards our ship. Stay calm. Send out message.
5:35 am (Tel Aviv Time) - They have jammed our radar.
After the MV Rachel Corrie left Ireland, its engines died as it went
through the Straits of Gilbraltar, and it was left behind by the
Apparently now the MV Rachel Corrie is determined to
continue with its humanitarian mission of delivering the hospital
supplies for the hospital in Gaza.
I just found out that this morning through an email from my friend
Mathias Chang that a number of my friends like Dennis Halliday and
Matthias Chang are on board the MV Rachel Corrie and are determined to
deliver the hospital supplies to Gaza. Dennis and Matthias and I are
friends, because I am a Judge on the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal,
and Mattthias is the Chief Prosecutor of the Tribunal, which has
indicted George W. Bush and Tony Blair for war crimes in Iraq.
They have asked people to get the word out to Israel that their
intentions are peaceful.
As an international Judge, I am now in
communication with the office of the Prime Minister of Israel, and of
Ambassador Gabriela Shalev, the Israeli Ambassador to the UN
We are trying to avoid another incident on the high seas here with
good faith negotiations.
On behalf of the MV Rachel Corrie, we
have asked the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Israel and
Israel's UN Ambassador to give safe passage to the MV Rachel Corrie to
deliver its humanitarian cargo to Gaza.
RACHEL CORRIE: MV Rachel Corrie is now the sole ship on the
international freedom flotilla moving towards Gaza.
Malaysian and Irish peace and humanitarian activists aboard share their
deepest grief and sense of lost with the loved ones of those killed and
injured in the illegal action undertaken by Israel on Monday 31st May
2010 in the international waters of the Mediterranean.
names of our friends, we are more determined than ever to continue into
Gaza with our humanitarian cargo and our support for the blockaded and
suffering people of Gaza.
We expect Israel to respond to the
international condemnation of its violence by not impeding by any means
the safe passage of the Rachel Corrie.
We appeal to the
international community and United Nations to continue to demand Israel
our safe passage into Gaza.
Jointly issued by Malaysians and
Irish on board the Rachel Corrie.