Members of the international all-women crew on the Zaytouna as she departed for Gaza last week.
The Palestinian Information Centre report (slightly updated), Jerusalem, 2 October 2016
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation navy has received instructions to intercept the Women’s Boat to Gaza and arrest on-board activists, Israeli daily Maariv reported Sunday.
The Israeli naval forces have received orders to intercept al-Zaytouna ship and arrest activists as soon as they reach Gaza shores.
The boat is reportedly to be towed to the Ashdod Harbor while female activists will be deported to their mother countries after they sign pledges to never return.
Zaytouna ship is expected to reach Gaza shores in the next three days following a stopover off the Greek Island of Crete for a rigging repair.
Amal and Zaytouna, a flotilla of two boats with all-women crews and passengers, set sail from Barcelona en route to besieged Gaza in another maritime attempt to break Israel’s illegitimate blockade on the Palestinian coastal enclave.
There are 11 women in each boat, including Malin Bjork, the European Parliament member, Mairead Maguire, the Nobel peace laureate from Northern Ireland, Fouzia Hassan, a doctor from Malaysia, and retired US army colonel Ann Wright, [plus NZ Green MP Marama Davidson].
The Gaza Strip is a place where around two million Palestinians have been confined for nearly a decade in what many describe as the “world’s largest open air prison.”
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