Former congresswoman and current crazywoman Cynthia McKinney is spending a little time in an Israeli hoosegow this week.
Only a matter of time, you say? Well, she isn't there because of the time her father blamed her electoral defeat on the "J-E-W-S." Nor, as far as we can tell, is it due to her habit of roughing up cops—although there's no official word about her demeanor when her Greek-flagged Gaza-blockade runner was boarded by the aforementioned J-E-W-S in uniform.
McKinney found herself in dangerous waters as part of her new affiliation with the Green Party (she was their presidential nominee in 2008, in case you missed that) she set sail for Gaza in a ship called the Spirit of Humanity, carrying "21 activists, medical supplies, cement, olive trees and children's toys." She says they were in international waters when she and her shipmates were netted by the Israelis, and refuse to sign a statement admitting guilt—a condition Israel has placed on her release.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor has said Israel was planning to free the crew and passengers.
"Nobody wants to keep them here," he said earlier this week.
Via Patrick of Popehat, who notes "While McKinney's outspokenness and frank opinions have made her a lightning rod for controversy, including charges of anti-semitism, there can be no doubt that, this time, the J-E-W-S are at the root of Cynthia McKinney's troubles. They really do run everything."
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