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Activists From Women’s Boat to Gaza Being Deported

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MEMO

Activists who were on board the Women’s Boat to Gaza are now in Tel Aviv’s international airport awaiting deportation, Al Jazeera reported.

According to Al Jazeera correspondent Mina Harballou, who was aboard the Zaytouna heading to break the siege on the Gaza Strip: “When Zaytouna was intercepted from the west of Israel at around 4pm there were two warships one on the right and the other on the left of the boat.”

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Leigh-Ann Naidoo’s Diary on the Women’s Boat to Gaza: Day 8

It’s just after midnight and I am about to go to sleep because I need to be up for my final 4-8am watch. Today is when we reach the 100 mile mark from Gaza, which means the IDF are likely to be around and possibly intercept us or try and force us to turn around. Most flotillas have been stopped between 70 and 100 miles from Gaza, which is in fact quite far away if you consider that it will take us about 24 hours to sail the last 100 miles at a speed of 5 miles.

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3 thoughts on “Activists From Women’s Boat to Gaza Being Deported

  1. Thanks for this post. I am apoplectic. I made comments at both the “Continued here” sites.

    Can anyone explain what has happened to the second boat? Sabotage? I’ve lost track of it for days.

    • The original second boat, “Amal-Hope I,” had engine trouble and had to return to Barcelona. Quite possibly it was sabotage, though nothing has been reported about this. The second “second boat,” if you will, the Amal II, arrived in Sicily and, I guess, was in ship-shape and able to make the trip to Gaza, but reportedly, due to the delays, they were unable to put together a crew. Like you, Robert, my heart goes out to the women who had the guts to make this trip. I hope they are able to return to their homes safely.

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