Activists plan to defy Gaza blockade again

International activists, including a former US congresswoman and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, plan to defy Israel's blockade on Gaza next week by traveling to the Palestinian territory by boat to deliver humanitarian supplies. The Free Gaza Group already has made five successful boat trips to Gaza since August 2008, but its activists were stopped twice by Israeli warships during December's Operation Cast Lead. Free Gaza Group spokeswoman Greta Berlin said Thursday that 36 people would make the June 25 trip from Cyprus to Gaza on a fishing boat and a small ferry loaded with building supplies such as cement. Berlin said the activists from 16 countries would include former Democratic US Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia, and Mairead Corrigan Maguire, who won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work with Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.