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Feb 02, 2007 at 02:43 AM

Vancouver Women in Black Vigils 

Vancouver Women in Black stand in vigil the fourth Monday of each month, Robson St. side of the VAG from 5-6pm. All are welcome (men too!); please wear as much black as you can. Women in Black calls for
  • An end to violence, racism, and all forms of terrorism that harm innocent civilians.
  • An end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and a just peace for all peoples in the region.
  • An end to all human rights abuses in the occupied territories
ONLY AN END TO THE OCCUPATION WILL BRING PEACE
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Women's Boat to Gaza Captured

Zaytouna-Oliva Women Deported
Details Emerge about the Capture

Messina, Italy:  All 13 of the women on the Women’s Boat to Gaza are currently in the process of deportation after being captured by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and detained in a prison at Ashdod. Wendy Goldsmith, a member of the land team working to secure the release of the women stated that, “the deportation was much quicker than in prior flotillas. While we had a great legal team assisting the women, we suspect that the reason for the quick release was because of all the negative media attention Israel has been receiving for its illegal interception.”

According to early reports from the women released, the Zaytouna-Oliva was surrounded by two warships along with four to five smaller naval boats. The IDF gave warning to the Zaytouna-Oliva to stop their course towards Gaza. When the warning was refused, at least 7 IDF members, both male and female, boarded the Zaytouna-Oliva and commandeered the sailboat. This happened in international waters.

In the course of their capture, the women persisted in telling the IDF that Israel’s interception of their boat was illegal and that they were being taken against their will to Israel. 

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