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Women’s boat set to break Gaza blockade today

There is no reason to be nervous. We present no threat and are committed to non-violence.

Female activists sailing to Gaza to break the decade long Israeli siege on the Strip are set to arrive late this evening, updates on their website said.

Stressing their commitment to nonviolence, the activists told the Anadolu Agency yesterday how they hoped to reach the Palestinian enclave peacefully.

“We are fully committed to reaching Gaza,” Marama Davidson, a New Zealand lawmaker who is one of 13 women on the Zaytouna-Oliva, said.

“We have women sending us messages and waiting to meet us. I can’t wait to cuddle some of the babies I’ve seen in photos on the beach.”

“There is no reason to be nervous. We present no threat and are committed to non-violence.”

In 2010, a similar protest ended in tragedy when six ships carrying aid to Gaza were raided by Israeli troops. During that raid, commandos killed 10 Turkish activists aboard the Mavi Marmara.

“It was a horrific, unnecessarily brutal attack on unarmed civilians,” Ann Wright, a retired US diplomat who was aboard the flotilla, said. Wright is leading the Women’s Boat to Gaza mission and is hopeful a similar situation will not be repeated.

“There was such a public outcry after the attack on the Turkish ship that Israel hasn’t dared to do something like that again,” she said.

In the case of being detained by Israeli forces, Wright, who has been on eight Gaza missions, said the women would most likely be brought ashore, registered and deported.

Other activists aboard the Zaytouna-Oliva, which set sail from Barcelona last month, include Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire, lawmakers from Sweden and Algeria, an Olympic athlete from South Africa and a Malaysian doctor.

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  • Mike Abramov

    ‘In 2010, a similar protest ended in tragedy when six ships carrying aid to Gaza were raided by Israeli troops. During that raid, commandos killed 10 Turkish activists aboard the Mavi Marmara.’

    The above statement has omissions. The first five ships were boarded by the Israeli navy with ‘nothing untoward’. The last boat, the Mavi Marmara, had weapons, metal bars, and a fighting force on board that immediately attacked the Israeli navy as they climbed aboard. Why was this omitted?

    • Charlie Andreasson

      Yeah, the peaceful comandos from IOF where attacked while the made a friendly visit on Mavi Marmare on international waters. That is not the way to treat heavily armed and masked soldiers who just want to say hello. And that they shot a few passangers from point blank has nothing to do with it.
      Long live the occupation, may the human rights die in peace. Or?

      • Mike Abramov

        Charlie – May I refer you to the Youtube clip where the CCTV cameras captured on film the ‘passengers’ using acetelyne torches to cut the railings on the ship in to manageable lengths to be used as weapons. That the cargo DID include firearms and that the previous five ships did come with genuine intent.

        Youtube reference below.

        Close-Up Footage of Mavi Marmara Passengers Attacking IDF Soldiers

        I know that Israel is looked upon as the oppressor, but not out of choice. From 1948 onwards the Arabs have not been happy that Jews have a home in the Middle East. However, if you watched Netanyahu’s speech at the UN, you will note that the content of his speech referred to many Arab countries now happy to deal with Israel in both diplomacy and trade negotiations. Sadly, the Arab Palestinians by and large would prefer a Jew free Middle East.

        • Helen4Yemen

          ( From 1948 onwards the Arabs have not been happy that Jews have a home in the Middle East)

          Why should the Ashkenazi who is totally European be given a ‘homeland’ on Arab land? Why not on German or Russian soil. What do the Arabs owe the alien Ashkenazis?

          • Lonny

            There are millions of Arabs in Europe and the Arabs kicked out nearly all of their Jews… so, get used to it, tw@t.

        • Helen4Yemen

          The Arabs that “Natanyahu” Mileikowsky was referring to were his little Arab mistresses – the Arab regimes who can only ‘do Mileikowsky’ under the table – who would never dare to be seen shaking the hand of the Lithuanian in public.

        • Helen4Yemen

          These countries tell the European squatters on Arab land no diplomatic relations. Imagine, this European entity has been on Arab soil for 70 years and yet so many refuse to acknowledge its existence.

          — Bahrain — Bolivia — Brunei — Chad — Comoros — Cuba — Djibouti — Guinea — Indonesia — Iran — Iraq — Kuwait — Lebanon — Libya — Malaysia — Mali — Mauritania — Morocco — Nicaragua — Niger — North Korea — Oman — Pakistan — Qatar — Saudi Arabia — Somalia — Sudan — Syria — Tunisia — U.A.E. — Venezuela — Yemen

          • Lonny

            When are you getting out of Europe?

        • Helen4Yemen

          (Sadly, the Arab Palestinians by and large would prefer a Jew free Middle East.)

          GET THIS:

          ~The Arab Jews have nothing in common with the Ashkenazi Jews except for religion but have everything in common with their Arab brothers and sisters except for religion.
          ~ Arab Jews are the brothers and sisters of the Arab people but only coreligionists of Ashkenazi Jews.
          ~Arabs Jews lived in peace and harmony with their Arab brothers and sisters while European Jews were hated for centuries.
          ~Arab Jews were brought to Palestine by the white Jews as cheap labor to replace the 900 Palestinians that the Europeans ethnically cleansed from their land.
          ~The arrival of the foreign non-Semitic Ashkenazi Jews from Europe to Arab Palestine disturbed the peaceful coexistence of all Arabs.

          • Lonny

            Thank you for always demonstrating that you suffer from Jew-hate psychosis in its most lethal form.

          • Mike Abramov

            You see Helen. I am not the only one telling you that your comments are similar to Nazi doctrine. Are you a closet Nazi?

          • Helen4Yemen

            True or false: 1- The Arab Jews have nothing in common with the Ashkenazi Jews except for religion but have everything in common with their Arab brothers and sisters except for religion.
            True or false: 2- Arab Jews are the brothers and sisters of the Arab people but only coreligionists of Ashkenazi Jews.
            True or false: 3- Arabs Jews lived in peace and harmony with their Arab brothers and sisters while European Jews were hated for centuries.
            True or false: 4- Arab Jews were brought to Palestine by the white Jews as cheap labor to replace the 900 Palestinians that the Europeans ethnically cleansed from their land.
            True or false: 5- The arrival of the foreign non-Semitic Ashkenazi Jews from Europe to Arab Palestine disturbed the peaceful coexistence of all Arabs.

        • Helen4Yemen

          {that Jews have a home in the Middle East. }

          The Jews have been part of the Middle East as long as there were Jews.
          What the Arab resent is not Arab Jews , but foreign Euro-Afro “Jews”.

      • Lonny

        Boring. They shouldn’t have attacked the soldiers. The international waters nonsense is irrelevant, because they made their intentions known and refused to reverse course or allow themselves to be led to an alternate port in Egypt. Don’t want to get shot? Don’t attack soldiers with metal bars, knives and hatchets.

    • Helen4Yemen

      Give me one good and valid reason why we have these Europeans on Arab land.
      Why is the German Jew afraid to go home back to Germany?

      • Lonny

        Name one fraction of a second at any point in history when the land belonged to Palestinian Arabs. And you seem to forget, it belonged to Jews for 3500 years… longer than anyone else.

      • Mike Abramov

        Helen – I really do not give a damn’ about where you are from or who you are. What I do give a damn’ about is your complete inability to understand that people are ‘accidents of birth’. Where you are born is IRRELEVANT. I may be a British Jew, but my heart and soul belongs to Israel. You do not seem to understand this.

        I could easily say that the Poles and Hungarians living in England should not be here because they cannot trace their lineage back to English routes, but that is not important to me. I care about people living together in harmony and integrity and not the vile, racist, nationalist crap you are spewing out

        • Helen4Yemen

          Neither your soul nor your stomach belong in “Israel” a fake and made up word copied from the OT-hocus-pocus.

  • Helen4Yemen

    The theft of Palestine by foreign European Ashkenazis is indefensible!

    • Lonny

      Your racist stupidity is comical.

    • Mike Abramov

      The theft of Palestine by foreign European Ashkenazis is indefensible!

      Theft – the Ashkenazim BOUGHT a lot of that land that the Arabs did not want. So, HOW did they steal the land?

      • Helen4Yemen

        Stop acting like a child spitting out your hasbara nonsense.
        The German Jew is as alien to Palestine as the German Christian.