The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) expresses its full support of the Women’s Boat to Gaza, with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, to break the Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip. PHROC calls upon the international community to support the voyage of the Boat until it reaches Gaza’s shores in an expression of solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and in rejection of the illegal and inhumane closure imposed on the Strip for over 10 years.
The General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW) held a solidarity rally in Ramallah on the West Bank for the Women’s Boat to Gaza and more importantly their sisters in Gaza. The rally held in Al-Manara Square had signs in both Arabic and English.
This morning at 9:50 am, women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here.
The WBG South African team is pleased to announce the participation of a South African delegate aboard the mission. Leigh-Ann Naidoo qualified as a teacher and then turned her focus to sport , more specifically beach volleyball, which led to her representing South Africa in the Athens Olympics in 2004. She has used her international sporting status to bring attention to discrimination against women and queer people and was selected as an ambassador to the Federation of Gay Games.
Saturday afternoon in London, activists and supporters sailed on the River Thames in solidarity with the Women's Boat to Gaza (WBG). The WBG is an initiative launched on International Women's Day this year, aiming to raise awareness of Palestinian women's role in resistance and the survival of the Palestinian people as a whole.
Barcelona, Spain: As Zaytouna-Oliva makes its way towards Ajaccio, France; the Women’s Boat to Gaza* (WBG) releases its passenger list, which includes women from nine countries across five continents. The list (found here) includes parliamentarian Malin Björk, a Swedish member of the EU parliament; Spanish actress Rosana Pastor Muñoz; and Yudit Ilany of Israel who serves as advisor to Knesset member Haneen Zoabi.