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Zaytouna-Oliva leaves Ajaccio, Corsica for Messina, Italy - its final European port before sailing to break the illegal blockade of Gaza

September 20, 2016

Immediate Release
September 2016

Ajaccio, Corsica, France:
The Women’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: “It is an honor 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.” A full list of the participants on this leg is available at:, Palmira Manusco, one of the local organisers in Messina
said: “We are very pleased to host the women on Zaytouna-Oliva
before they embark on this historic voyage.” During their stay in Messina,
all of the women will participate in non-violence training, whilst finalising
supplies and equipment for the boat.

A previous Freedom Flotilla Coalition ship, the Marianne av Göteborg 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, Manusco replied: “Our destination remains the conscience of humanity. It is up to every one of us to help them succeed in this.”

The Women’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.

For more information:

Flotilla Italy

COORDINATION: Lucia Intruglio Tel. +3687468528 Email:
CONTACT: Palmira Mancuso Tel. +3453406333 Email:
or for general information visit

For more information contact:
Sandra Ruch
Media Spokesperson
Canada Boat to Gaza
Phone: 416-716-4010
Cell: 416-716-4010

Steering Committee
Canada Boat to Gaza
Cell: +1 778-870-2448

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