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13 Courageous Women Activists
Challenge Israeli Pure Evil

By Stephen Lendman

A previous article discussed how courageous activists aboard the Zaytouna-Oliva Women’s Boat to Gaza aimed to symbolically break Israel’s lawless siege - imposed solely for political reasons over nine years ago, holding 1.9 million Palestinians hostage to its viciousness.

Interdiction was certain. High-seas piracy followed in international waters, the women onboard abducted and detained - deportation to follow at Israel’s discretion.

Two Al Jazeera journalists were released, returning home to London and Moscow, 11 others awaiting deportation after being moved from harsh Givon prison detention to a Ben Gurion airport facility.

Wendy Goldsmith involved in securing their release said “deportation is happening much quicker than in previous flotillas. While we had a great legal team assisting the women, we suspect that the reason for the quick release was because of all the negative media attention Israel has been receiving for its illegal interception, including the demand of rock band Pink Floyd.”

According to reports of what happened, the women, protected by their redoubtable spirit alone, were surrounded by two Israeli warships along with four or five other naval vessels.

Demands to cease heading for Gaza were ignored, after which male and female commandos forcefully boarded the Yaytouna-Oliva, illegally seizing it, taking it to the port city of Ashdod.

Ahead of what happened on Thursday, activists prepared pre-recorded messages. Former US army colonel/diplomat Ann Wright said “(i)f you’re seeing this, this means the Israeli occupation forces have kidnapped me in international waters and taken me to Israel.”

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire explained “(i)f you’re listening to this, then you will know that myself and all of the women who sailed on the women’s boat to Gaza have been arrested and are in detention in Israel.”

Harsh Israeli treatment is nothing to take lightly, what millions of Palestinians can attest to better than anyone - longstanding victims of institutionalized barbarism.

Women’s Boat to Gaza activists got a taste of their horrific daily suffering, many killed, tortured or confined to gulag internment harshness.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at

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