CIR condemns capturing Zaytouna-Oliva, calls for lifting Gaza siege

Council on International Relations in Palestine condemned capturing Zaytouna-Oliva flotilla by the Israeli occupation navy yesterday.

Dr. Basem Naim, head of the council, said in a press release issued Thursday that the council considers this aggression with great seriousness and believes that the ongoing siege imposed on the Gaza Strip for more than 10 years has led to humanitarian and natural disasters.

” Even though Zaytouna-Oliva was not able to reach Gaza, its message has been delivered to the Palestinian people in Gaza that appreciate their efforts and courage”, Naim added.

The council calls on the International community and human rights and UN bodies to pressure on the Israeli occupation to lift Gaza siege and to shoulder their responsibilities toward the rights of the Palestinian people that are guaranteed by the international law and international humanitarian law.

Last Tuesday morning, women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under siege since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician.