FOR has learned that the Women’s Boat to Gaza was taken by Israeli authorities in international waters and in violation of international law.
Women from 13 countries were aboard, including IFOR member and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Mairead Maguire, and friend of FOR, U.S. Col. (retired, resigned in protest) Ann Wright.
The Zaytouna-Oliva boat was carrying no material aid. This was by design because Israel, as a premise for its attacks, has claimed in the past that weapons and contraband were on board. The owner of Zaytouna-Oliva is Israeli.
Despite this, all 13 of the women on the Women’s Boat to Gaza are currently in the process of deportation, after being illegally kidnapped by Israeli Defense Forces and detained in a prison at Ashdod.
Take a moment and create a new email to two people: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and the office of the UN Secretary-General, soon to be António Guterres.
Read the whole story here: FOR’s Blog – Fellowship of Reconciliation