The Womenâ€™s Boat to Gaza (Zaytouna-Oliva) left the port of Ajaccio at 09:30, this morning. It is due to arrive later this week in Messina, Sicily, Italy, where it will dock for the last time, prior to sailing to challenge the illegal blockade of Gaza.
One of the participants aboard, Lisa Gay Hamilton said, according to the PNN: â€śIt is an honour to be here and join this extraordinary group of women.
This issue is bigger than me, than any of us. As a mother, as a daughter, as a sister, I cannot help thinking of Palestinian women in Gaza, who live in an open-air prison because of the occupation. It is so painful to think of them, we have to take action to end the blockade of Gaza.â€ť
A full list of the participants on this leg is available at: https://wbg.freedomflotilla.org/participants
Lucia Intruglio, spokesperson and one of the local organizers in Messina said: â€śWe are very pleased to host the women on Zaytouna-Oliva before they embark on this historic voyage.â€ť During their stay in Messina, all of the women will participate in non-violence training, whilst finalizing supplies and equipment for the boat.
A previous Freedom Flotilla Coalition ship, the Marianne av GĂ¶teborg from Sweden, departed from Sicily last year. It however was raided in international waters by the Israeli Occupation Forces.
When asked whether the Zaytouna-Oliva will reach its destination, Intruglio replied: â€śOur destination remains the conscience of humanity.
It is up to every one of us to help them succeed in this.â€ť
The Womenâ€™s Boat to Gaza is an initiative of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition composed of civil society organizations and campaigns from more than a dozen countries.