Activists aboard a flotilla to Gaza [file].
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The Freedom Flotilla coalition has announced that a women's boat to Gaza is expected to set sail for the Strip soon in order to break the blockade on the coastal territory and express solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle against Israel.
In an interview with the Palestinian newspaper al-Quds on Monday, Dr. Essam Youssef, the head of the Popular International Committee to support the Gaza Strip, said that his organization will announce the launch of the flotilla on International Women's Day on March 8. He explained that the announcement will take place on this day in order to illuminate the persistent struggle of Palestinian women to win freedom.
Youssef added: "The flotilla is not only aimed at breaking the siege but also at bringing hope to the Palestinian people with the support of civil society institutions, women's organizations and international activists."
"In order to achieve these goals, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition has decided to launch a popular campaign with the participation of activists from all around the world that will challenge the siege on Gaza, draw the world's attention to Palestinians’ distress in general and to Gazans' distress specifically."
The Freedom Flotilla Coalition suggested several ways to support the campaign: release a message supporting the initiative, spread the event during International Women's Day or donating money to the campaign.