July 31, 2018
Human rights suppressed as Gaza boat seized
Green’s co-leader Marama Davidson says the capture of a boat containing New Zealand unionist Mike Treen will bring an international spotlight to bear once on Israel’s occupation of Gaza.
The Norwegian-flagged Al Awda with 22 people on board and a cargo of medicines, was stopped by the Israeli navy in international waters on Sunday.
Ms Davidson was on the Women’s Peace Flotilla detained by Israel in 2016 attempting to break the illegal blockade of the territory where almost two million Palestinians are confined within an area of just 365 square kilometres.
"That’s 10 years now this illegal blockade has been happening and diminishing the human rights of the Palestinian people in Gaza, restricting the electricity, water, shelter, infrastructure, basic human rights necessities to the point where the United Nations has warned Gaza could be uninhabitable by tomorrow by international terms," she says.
The Israeli military says the Al Awda, which translated to The Return, has been taken to Ashdod on the central Israel coast.
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