Will Foreign Minister Murray McCully say anything this time?
Hon Murray McCully,
Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Dear Mr McCully,
No doubt you are aware that Israel has forced Women’s Boat to Gaza off its course.
The Israeli naval forces have illegally intercepted the Women’s Boat to Gaza in international waters, forced it off course and detained those on board. Meanwhile Israel has conducted more than 25 bombing raids near Gaza City.
Your parliamentary colleague, NZ Green Party MP Marama Davidson is among the 13 women currently facing unwarranted and illegal detention by Israel.
Early this morning all contact with their boat, the Zaytouna-Oliva, was lost and the Israeli navy illegally surrounded it in international waters (latest recorded position: Lat+31.906033 Lon+33.757630 – about 35 miles off the coast of Gaza) and has forced it off its course to Gaza. The boat clearly poses no threat whatsoever to Israel. It is believed that the boat is currently being forced to the Israeli port of Ashdod, where all of her crew are expected to be detained. On board are 13 women, including NZ Green MP Marama Davidson, Mairead Maguire, the 1976 Nobel peace laureate from Northern Ireland, Fauziah Hasan, a doctor from Malaysia, and retired US army colonel Ann Wright.
We once again ask you to please take immediate action to demand that Israel ensures the safety & respect of all the women, and immediately releases the Women’s Boat to Gaza and all on board, and allow them to continue unhindered to their destination – the port of Gaza City.
Roger Fowler, Chair, Kia Ora Gaza
Endorsed by Janfrie Wakim (Palestine Human Rights Campaign) and Sian Robertson (NZ Palestine Solidarity Network)