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CHUTZPAH: Jew hating women’s Gaza flotilla to i24news: ‘We expect the IDF will treat us with respect’

Organizers say contact briefly lost with boat attempting to reach Gaza Strip

An all female flotilla carrying 13 women activists from 13 different countries will attempt to breach Israel’s sea blockade on the Gaza Strip Wednesday.

Activist Mairead Maguire from Ireland spoke with i24news from the ship Zaytouna-Oliva as it makes its final approach to the coastal enclave.

As of 13:15 Israel time (1015 GMT), the time of the interview, the ship was 60 nautical miles from shore.

“Our goal is to raise awareness of plight of the Palestinian people and to break the ridiculous blockade on the Gaza strip,” she says, explaining that the message they wish to deliver is one of peace and hope rather than one of conflict.

She delved deeper into the aspirations of the all-female team, disclosing that “We are highlighting the plight of the Palestinian people and the plight of Palestinian women in particular. We are making a stand for women activists as well—and showing that the women of the world care.”

The mood on board is fairly quiet as the group of women anticipates reaching shore by evening, but they are in good spirits.

“The women on the boat have had lots of training and preparation for this, and have also had time during the voyage to prepare,” Maguire says. “We are looking forward to delivering a message of hope and freedom to people of Gaza.”

UPDATE. 55 miles to break the Gaza blockade. #LetFFlotillaSail cause collective punishment violates laws of war and Geneva Conventions

— Women’s Boat To Gaza (@GazaFFlotilla) October 5, 2016

However, she notes, it is not likely that they will actually reach their destination.

“We have a hope, not an expectation of reaching Gaza, and meeting the wonderful people who have prepared a welcome for us,” she tells i24news, adding “We expect that we will be intercepted before being able to do so.”

Asked if they have any fears


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