VIDEO: Ajaccio, Corsica, 20 September 2016 [French and English sections]
Waiting for the Women’s Boat to Gaza to arrive in Ajaccio, award-winning U.S. actress LisaGay Hamilton and veteran French human rights campaigner Christiane Hessel talk about why they support this Freedom Flotilla Coalition initiative. The second boat, Amal, has developed a mechanical problem and unfortunately has had to be withdrawn from the flotilla. WBG has launched an appeal to buy another boat to Gaza! https://www.generosity.com/fundraisin…
UPDATED REPORT: Ajaccio, Corsica, France: The Women’s Boat to Gaza (Zaytouna-Oliva) left the port of Ajaccio, Corsica at 09:30 this morning. It is due to arrive later this week in Messina, Sicily, Italy, where it will dock for the last time, prior to sailing to challenge the illegal blockade of Gaza.
US actress Lisa Gay Hamilton said: “It is an honor to be here and join this extraordinary group of women. This issue is bigger than me, than any of us. As a mother, as a daughter, as a sister, I cannot help thinking of Palestinian women in Gaza, who live in an open-air prison because of the occupation. It is so painful to think of them, we have to take action to end the blockade of Gaza.” A full list of the participants on this leg is available at: https://wbg.freedomflotilla.org/participants
Renè Abu Joub, spokesperson and one of the local organisers in Messina said: “We are very pleased to host the women on Zaytouna-Oliva before they embark on this historic voyage.” During their stay in Messina, all of the women will participate in non-violence training, whilst finalising supplies and equipment for the boat. NZ Green MP Marama Davidson will join the mission in Messina.
NZ Green MP and spokesperson on human rights, Marama Davidson, will join the Women’s Boat to Gaza in Messina
A previous Freedom Flotilla Coalition ship, the Marianne av Göteborg from Sweden, departed from Sicily last year. Two senior MaoriTV journalists were on board the Marianne. It however was raided in international waters by the Israeli Occupation Forces. When asked whether the Zaytouna-Oliva will reach its destination, Abu Joub replied: “Our destination remains the conscience of humanity. It is up to every one of us to help them succeed in this.”