Sunday night, September 18, 2016. As my “industry” colleagues attend Emmy parties and dress for the red carpet, I stand on the chilly docks of Ajaccio, Corsica, in the wee hours of the morning awaiting the arrival of a small sailboat called the Zaytouna-Oliva. The boat arrives just after 2AM, and the passengers and crew, all women, disembark. The trip from Barcelona was rough. Everyone had gotten sick and it showed on their faces.
Late last night, the community of Ajaccio, France welcomed the participants on board Zaytouna-Oliva as they arrived following their voyage from Barcelona, Spain. The sailing boat will leave Ajaccio on Tuesday morning and then continue its journey to Messina, Italy, the final departure point before sailing to the shores of Gaza in late September.
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.
Due to technical problems, the Women’s Boat to Gaza (WBG) Amal-Hope has returned to Barcelona and is now docked at a mooring in the outer Barcelona harbor. It was joined by its sister ship Zaytouna-Oliva, which was temporarily delayed by the port authorities, although it did possess all necessary documentation. While Amal-Hope is getting assessed for needed repairs, Zaytouna-Oliva is now on its way to its next port of call, Ajaccio, France.
Barcelona, Spain – From September 12-14, the sailing vessels Amal-Hope and Zaytouna-Oliva will dock at Bosch i Alsina in the port of Barcelona where various events (concerts, talks, nonviolent workshops, a street parade and visits to the boats) will take place as farewell for the women leaving to break the blockade on Gaza.