Marama welcomed to Messina – Gaza boat ready to sail

24 Sep


New Zealand’s representative on the Women’s Boat to Gaza, Marama Davidson MP, has safely arrived in Messina, Sicily, after a long & tiring journey. This pic shows her being greeted at a Women’s Boat to Gaza gathering upon her arrival. [Photo: Chenaf Bouzid]

Women’s Boat to Gaza statement, Messina, Italy 23 September 2016

This morning the community of Messina, Italy welcomed the participants on board Zaytouna-Oliva as they arrived following their voyage from Ajaccio, France. The sailing boat will leave Messina in a few days for its final destination: the shores of Gaza.

Lucio Intruglio, the local organizer in Messina noted “we have been waiting eagerly for our sisters to arrive and have a variety of activities to celebrate their mission.” During their stay at Messina, the women will participate in a nonviolence training and have a chance to meet with citizens, student groups and the mayor of Messina. Intruglio adds “but we will also be sure they get plenty of rest. We know that it is a long difficult journey and we want them to leave Messina refreshed for this important next leg.”

The Women’s Boat to Gaza is an initiative of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition composed of civil society organizations and campaigns from more than a dozen countries. For more information, visit

As they head off to challenge Israel’s illegal blockade and express solidarity for the Palestinian struggle, readers can follow the Women’s Boat to Gaza with regular updates on this website and Kia Ora Gaza facebook pages. Check the sidebar to see how to donate to this historic mission.

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