Diplomacy & defense

Gaza flotilla
Date of launch of boat, to be commandeered by female crew, to be announced on International Women's Day

A new flotilla aimed at breaking the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip is expected to set sail for the Strip in the coming months, its organizer, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, announced earlier this month.

In an interview with the Palestinian al-Quds paper on Monday, Dr. Essam Youssef, the head of the Popular International Committee to support the Gaza Strip, reiterated that his organization will announce the exact date of the launch of the flotilla on International Women's Day on March 8.

The flotilla, which was first announced in vague terms in the beginning of January, aims to "show solidarity and bring a message of hope to the Palestinian people, with the support of women, men, non-governmental organizations, civil society groups and from women's collectives and events around the world," according to a statement on the group's website.

"Upon sailing, the crew and delegates on board will be only women, in order to highlight and bring attention to the ongoing struggle faced by Palestinian women, and to show the world that the women of the world sail in support of this struggle," Wendy Goldsmith, a member of the organization said in an interview published on the site.

"In order to achieve these goals, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition has decided to launch a popular campaign with the participation of activists from all around the world that will challenge the siege on Gaza, draw the world's attention to Palestinians’ distress in general and to Gazans' distress specifically," Youssef specified in his interview with al-Quds.

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  • James Spackman
    March 01st 2016 - 03:48am

    The international law will be broken if this "FLOTILLA" attempts to land in Gaza. Now a certain person on here who uses an English name, is always accusing Israel of breaking International laws..Has been asked several times by me to quote these laws, (BUT NEVER ANSWERS) Without a doubt, this Flotilla will break International law if it attempts to enter Israeli waters without prior permission....So there is no room for arguments in this case..Israel has the right to seize the ships and arrest the captain, crew, and passengers...If necessary or if it feels the need to.....and try them in a court of law...no arguments about this either....So I am sure the Israeli government will take all the steps it needs to to stop this illegal attempt to land a ship and passengers . I hope this time that they do arrest the entire band of people who wish to break international and Israeli laws..When found guilty of this illegal act, if a jail sentence is possible, send them all to jail...

    "Upon sailing, the crew and delegates on board will be only women, in order to highlight and bring attention to the ongoing struggle faced by Palestinian women, and to show the world that the women of the world sail in support of this struggle." As for this statement...These organisation that made this statement should spend all of it's efforts to bring to an end the struggle faced by all muslim women who are oppressed by their own governments, husbands and religions..that forbid them to drive cars, deny them education, forbid them to wear clothes of their choice, genitally mutilate them for no specific medical reasons,forbid them to marry the partner of their choice, marry off their daughters at pre-pubescent ages, forced marriages, arranged marriages with relatives, "honour" killings...the list is endless...

    LAST BUT NOT LEAST, WARN THE ORGANISERS AND THE SPONSORS, THE CAPTAINS AND CREW, AND EVERY PASSENGER ON BOARD THE SHIPS, THAT IF THEY ATTEMPT TO CARRY OUT THE ILLEGAL ACTS, THAT ISRAEL HAS THE RIGHT TO SEND THESE SHIPS TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. YES THAT IS THE LAW.


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