The Women’s Boat to Gaza is this year’s project of the international Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Kia Ora Gaza is the New Zealand/Aotearoa partner in this all-women project determined to challenge Israel’s illegal naval blockade of Gaza. See the side-bar for ways that you can support this important mission.
WBG Statement, May 2016: This month, in celebration of Mother’s Day, we concluded our worldwide call to name the boats that will sail to Gaza in mid September. [The selected names] Amal-Hope and Zaytouna-Oliva [were] submitted by Anam El-Jabali, US and David Heap, Canada.
Both women’s names represent many languages. Amal symbolizes the hope that we will bring to the shores of Gaza and Zaytouna symbolizes the mighty olive, the tree of life in palestinian agriculture. Mother’s Day originated in the 1800’s with women speaking out against war. We intend to carry that spirit forward with our mission. We have been deeply encouraged by the interest in this important project, which will not only highlight the role of women in the struggle, but will also bring attention to what is happening to each and every person living in Gaza. We are constantly encouraged by the resilient spirit of our sisters and brothers in Gaza and we will continue to bring their stories forward as we campaign to lift the brutal and illegal siege of Gaza.
We received over 160 excellent and thoughtful name suggestions, and have now made the difficult decision to select two names for the boats that will sail to Gaza. Each submission is appreciated and the Freedom Flotilla Coalition looks forward to ongoing support as we prepare to sail in mid September.
The Amal-Hope and Zaytouna-Oliva will sail with the purpose and determination behind these women’s names.