GAZA, (PIC)-- Arab member of Israeli Knesset Hanin Zoabi will participate in the new flotilla of international activists that aims to break the siege on Gaza, Israeli media sources revealed. Israel Hayom newspaper said that MK Zoabi will join the women’s boat to break the siege on Gaza.
Two boats, Amal and Zaytouna, with 30 women on board, have left Wednesday evening for the Gaza Strip from the Spanish city of Barcelona, hoping to break a nearly decade-long Israeli blockade.
The passengers, including Swedish European Parliament Member Malin Bjork and Dr. Fouzia Hassan of Malaysia, aim to reach Gaza by early October. Last time the Women's Boat to Gaza attempted to deliver aid to the territory in 2015, the Israeli navy boarded and took over its vessel, Marianne.
The boat was taken to the Israeli port city of Ashdod. In 2010, a similar bid to break the blockade by a Turkish flotilla resulted in the killing of 10 activists by Israeli commandos, and caused a diplomatic row between Ankara and Israel. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently described the blockade as "a collective punishment for which there must be accountability.