Zaytouna-Oliva Captured in International Waters by Israeli Navy

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Zaytouna-Oliva Captured in International Waters by Israeli Navy 


For Immediate Release 

October 5, 2016

Press Contacts:
Susan Kerin  301-675-9518/

At 9:58 am (EST), the Israeli navy intercepted and captured the Zaytouna-Oliva in international waters. The sailing boat was carrying women, representing 13 countries across 5 continents who were trying to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza. The women included three parliamentarians, an Olympic athlete, former US Diplomat Ann Wright, and Nobel Peace Laureate, Mairead Maguire. The interception occurred as Israel was simultaneously bombarding Gaza.

The last message heard from Mairead Maguire stated “We are people of the world, we should be allowed to visit our brothers and sisters in Gaza and not be stopped. We will continue to support the people of Gaza and the people of Palestine until they have their human rights and their freedom.

“It is our belief that no country has the right to isolate a whole people and punish them against international law. So we hope that this trip to Gaza will show to the international community, the UN, the EU ,  USA, everybody in the world has a responsibility to work to get this blockade lifted and freedom to the people of Gaza who should be allowed to come and go.”

In a video made prior to her kidnapping, Wright encourages Americans to contact her former boss, State Secretary John Kerry, to demand her immediate release from Israel and to end the military blockade on Gaza.

We will insist that Israel stop interfering with our voyages to Gaza, since they do not have the right; legal or moral, to enforce a blockade that collectively punishes 1.9 million Palestinian people.

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, visit

  1. #1 by Jonathan Hammond on 10/06/2016 - 9:34

    The Middle East war is not now and never was a conflict between Israelis/Jews on the one hand and Palestinians on the other. In fact, the Arab-“Palestinians”, while currently the perpetrators of most of the anti-Jewish atrocities, were never a very important part of the conflict. In fact, before about 1970, virtually no one in the world considered the Middle East conflict to be one between Israelis and Palestinians.
    The term “Palestinian” itself had referred to Israeli Jews back in the 1940s, and had been slowly deconstructed and redefined to refer to the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza. The Middle East Conflict was always a war by Arabs against Jews, not a conflict between Israelis and “Palestinians.” The war was repackaged as a conflict between Jews and Palestinians as a public relations gimmick by the Arab fascist regimes. These regimes had never had any interest in “Palestinians,” in creating a “Palestinian” state, or in “Palestinian nationalism” before 1967. That is because Palestinian nationalism did not and DOES NOT exist. The Palestinians were a regional group of Arabs having virtually no cultural nor national distinctive traits separating them from Syrians, Lebanese, and Jordanians. They are all basically Arabs!.

    The bulk of what are called “Palestinian Arabs” are members of families who migrated into the Land of Israel beginning in the late 19th century. Palestinian nationalism is a mislabeling of Arab nationalism. Arab nationalism exists, although it is closely bound up with Islamic nationalism and even Islamism. Palestinian nationalism, however, is a phantom. It is nothing more than genocidal hatred of Jews!

    Until the Jews began returning to the Land of Israel in increasing numbers from the late 19 th century, the area called Palestine was a God-forsaken backwash that was controlled by the Ottoman Empire.

    1880-84 Turkish government settles Muslim Circassian refugees in the Golan to ward off Bedouin robbers. Other settlers in the area include Sudanese, Algerians, Kurds…

    In 1878, an Ottoman law granted lands in Palestine to the Moslem refugees from Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Carmel region, in the Galilee and in the Plain of Sharon and in Caesarea. The refugees were further attracted by l2-year tax exemptions and exemption from military service.

    The same colonization policy was also directed toward Moslem refugees from Russia – particularly from the Crimea and the Caucasus. They were Circassians, Cherkesians and Turkmenians – leading to their settling in Abu Gosh, near Jerusalem and in the Golan Heights. Refugees from Algeria and Egypt were also settled in Jaffa, Gaza, Jericho and the Golan.

    For example: Yasser Arafat’s family came to Gaza from Egypt and a wealthy family of current PA President Mahmoud Abbas moved to Tzfat from Damascus, Syria!

    The Arab assaults and aggressions against Israel in 1948, 1956, 1967, 1968, and 1973 had nothing to do with Palestinians. The Palestinian terror campaign would itself be easy to suppress today and eradicate if the Middle East conflict were really a Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Israel would simply obliterate the terrorists and expel their supporters to Syria and Lebanon. The Middle East war continues because it is really an Arab-Israeli war, not an Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is also in large part a war between barbarism and civilization. In many ways an Islamic religious jihad against the Jews.

  2. #2 by Speedy on 10/06/2016 - 9:34

    We love the brave women of Zaytouna.
    You fight evil where it begins.
    Your troubles and pains will not go by unnoticed and unappreciated by humanity.
    May this trip change the mindset of opression by the powers that be.

  3. #3 by trevorlabonte on 10/06/2016 - 9:34

    LOL, hasbara much? That is literally the biggest crock of raw, unadulterated Zionist doo-doo I have ever read. I had to get a bucket to vomit in. I’m leaving this on display so thousands of readers can get their daily dose of joo-spew and see what pathetic liars you all are. What a bunch of lies, OMG, dude. You are going to go to hell if you don’t change your evil ways.

  4. #4 by Laskarina on 10/08/2016 - 9:34

    Jonathan Hammond–Jew Hasbarat—your time is almost up as no one with IQ above room temperature believes any of the garbage you produced. Think about you life in the world to come.

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