israel eyeing Gaza-bound ‘women’s flotilla’ setting sail from Barcelona

Israel eyeing Gaza-bound ‘women’s flotilla’ setting sail from Barcelona

Despite the recent reconciliation of ties between Israel and Turkey, it appears that the controversial Gaza-bound flotilla movement has yet to subside.

An activist flotilla sailing under the banner “Mujeres Rumbo a Gaza” (Women’s Boat to Gaza) was set to anchor off from Barcelona on Wednesday evening toward the Gaza Strip

The small fleet of two vessels was slated to carry dozens of women from various nations, including Israel, with the aim of breaching and boycotting Israel’s naval blockade of the coastal Palestinian enclave

Meanwhile, Israel was prepared to thwart the flotilla from “illegally” infringing on the maritime blockade of Gaza diplomatic source on Sunday told The Jerusalem Post‘s Hebrew sister publication Ma’ariv that the Foreign Ministry was doing its utmost to deal with the matter. The source added that the ministry’s efforts sought to minimize possible diplomatic and media harm caused by the flotilla.

With the capacity to haul 15 passengers each, the Amal (Hope) and the Zaytouna (Olive) sail boats were expected to dock at various ports on their journey across the Mediterranean. After setting sail from Barcelona following two days of anti-Israel events and lectures, the boats were slated to first stop in Corsica.

Among the pro-Palestinian activists due to board the vessels were European Parliament member Malin Bjork from Sweden, retired US army colonel Ann Wright and doctor Fouzia Hassan from Malaysia.

Among the pro-Palestinian activists due to board the vessels were European Parliament member Malin Bjork from Sweden, retired US army colonel Ann Wright and doctor Fouzia Hassan from Malaysia.

 

 

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