Two journalists from Al Jazeera who were on board Zaytouna-Oliva have been released and have safely reached London and Moscow. The other 11 women of the Women’s Boat to Gaza are still in detention, but we anticipate that they will be ‘deported’ soon, as they were moved yesterday from Givon Prison to a detention facility at Ben-Gurion airport.
At 15:58 (CEST) on 5 October, we lost contact again with the Zaytouna-Oliva and presume that the Israeli Occupation Navy has surrounded it in International Waters(latest recorded position: Lat+31.906033 Lon+33.757630) and has forced it off its course to Gaza. On board are 13 women, including Mairead Maguire, the 1976 Nobel peace laureate from Northern Ireland, Fauziah Hasan, a doctor from Malaysia, and retired US army colonel Ann Wright. Take action to protect them now – see below! Details of all of the participants are here.
Women’s Boat to Gaza, named Zaytouna-Oliva, is now on its way to Gaza, with estimated arrival on Thursday 6 October. On board are 13 women, who will show their solidarity with the women in Gaza. They come from six continents, and among them are Norwegian Synne Sofie Reksten. The most famous of the participants is Mairead Maguire, who in 1976 received the Nobel Peace Prize.
As you surely know, at this very moment there is a boat en route to Gaza, that little Palestinian enclave. Its mission is to observe, break and eventually end the inhumane, illegal and for all involved parties destructive blockade of Gaza. Women’s Boat to Gaza, as we call our action, is an initiative by Ship to Gaza and the Freedom Flotilla Coalition.
MEPs from Izquierda Plural (IU-ICV-Agee), Podemos, Compromís, EH-Bildu, Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya and Moviment d’Esquerres en el Parlamento Europeo have demanded that the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, ensure the protection of members of the Women’s Boat to Gaza flotilla, to the threats of the Government of Israel and the possibility of an imminent assault on the expedition.
Last night was so glassy that we could see Orion’s Belt reflected on the sea. The reflected stars and phosphoresence kicked up by the boat made the surface of the sea alive with light. How beautiful it was to spend the evening on deck in quiet reflection under the clear night sky.