Former U.S. Representative and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney has arrived in New York from her over one week incarceration in an Israeli prison cell for trying to bring toys, medicine, and other urgently-needed humanitarian supplies to the beleaguered people of Gaza, Israel's own version of the infamous Nazi "Warsaw Ghetto" in World War II.
McKinney arrived in New York without her laptop computer, video camera, and cell phone, which were confiscated by Israel's Shin Bet spy agency and are presumably being examined for their contents, including e-mail and cell phone contacts. This editor spoke to Representative McKinney on her cell phone shortly before her departure for Cyprus to board a boat for Gaza.
Recently, a civil rights delegation headed by the Reverend Joseph Lowery, who gave the benediction at President Obama's inauguration, visited the Israeli Consulate General in Atlanta to demand McKinney's immediate release. The pleas of Lowery, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King during the civil rights era, went unheeded by the Zionist regime's authorities who continued to hold McKinney in prison immediately after Lowery's request.