Our New Zealand representative on the international Women’s Boats to Gaza, Green Party MP Marama Davidson, celebrates the arrival of the second flotilla boat, as she docks alongside her sister craft, the Zaytouna-Oliva, in Messina, Sicily earlier today.
Women’s Boat to Gaza press release, Messina, Sicily, 26 September 2016
There is adage that says “Hope springs eternal.” This was personified today when the Amal-Hope II entered Messina port to join her sister Zaytouna-Oliva.
According to Zohar Chamberlain-Regev, a boat leader for the Messina-Gaza leg, “while Amal-Hope II showed up fashionably late, she is fully ready to join us on our next leg of the journey.” Ann Wright, who is the other boat leader, said that she was incredibly moved by the generous outpouring of help in the purchase of this second boat. “We are all incredibly grateful and know that this second boat is important to help with our security and likelihood of reaching Gaza.” The funds were raised through crowd-sourcing and other venues. Because not all funds, have been raised, the crowdsourcing site remains up to solicit additional needed funds.
The two sister boats will depart later this week to head for their final destination, the shores of Gaza. The original Amal-Hope remained in Barcelona due to mechanical difficulties.
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 www.womensboattogaza.org.
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Amal-Hope II makes her debut as she docks alongside her sister boat, the Zaytouna, in Messina this morning.