Outcry at Zionists forces’ arrest of women activists on board a Gaza-bound international aid boat

date 2016/10/06 views 442 comments 0

icon-writer By: A. S. /*/ English Version: Med.B.

There has been a widespread outcry in various parts of the world including Algeria at the Israeli forces’ interception of a solidarity boat aimed at smashing the inhumane Israeli blockade of the Palestinian enclave of Gaza with 13 women activists including Algerian MP Samira Douaifia on board. The latter have been rounded up by the Israeli naval forces while attempting to reach the Gaza coasts.

In a reaction, the Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat firmly condemned the Israeli navy takeover of the Gaza-bound international aid boat.

“We strongly condemn the Israeli aggression against the  international aid Flotilla that attempted to break the illegal Israeli siege over 1.8 million people in Gaza,” said Erekat in a statement.

The PLO official praised the participants, who were composed of an all-female crew of parliamentarians, writers and human rights activists, among others.

“We call upon the occupying power to immediately release them, as well as on their countries, including Spain, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Canada and the United States, to do everything possible in order to prevent Israel from violating the rights of their citizens,” he said after Israel had held the international activists.

“The Palestinian cause for freedom and independence is a universal quest for justice embraced by millions worldwide. The flotilla is a humble yet significant reminder that it is time to turn statements into concrete actions,” he said. 

For his part, the Speaker of the People’s National Assembly (Lower House of Parliament) Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa on Thursday expressed the solidarity of the Assembly with MP Samira Douaifia, who is on board the “Zeitouna” aid boat meant to break the long-running Israeli blockade imposed on Gaza.

 “We stand with MP Samira Douaifia as she is Algerian before being an MP,” Mr Ould Khelifa said before the oral questions session.

On this occasion, the Speaker of the Lower House seized this opportunity to reiterate Algeria’s total solidarity with the legitimate Palestinian cause.

The Women’s Boat to Gaza, intercepted Wednesday by the Israeli Navy, drew alongside Ashdoud (occupied Palestine) on Thursday.  

Thirteen women of various nationalities including famous TV newscaster Khalida Benguena are aboard this boat that left the port of Barcelona (Spain) to join Gaza. 

In a similar context, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation staunchly condemned the forceful interception by Israeli naval forces on the ship "Zeytouna" carrying humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, and the detention of volunteers who were keen to bring their solidarity with the Palestinian people, and described this aggression as a blatant Israeli act of piracy, which comes in continuation of the Zionist entity’s heinous crimes and gross violations of international law and human values.

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