Ships with all-women crews set sail for Gaza, hoping to break blockade

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From The New York Times Women in the World staff:

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Two boats packed with activists, politicians, and artists from around the world have set sail for the Gaza Strip as part of an effort to break a nearly decade-long Israeli blockade. The boats, named Amal and Zaytouna (“hope” and “olive” in Arabic, respectively), set sail on Wednesday from Barcelona, with only women comprising the crew for each vessel.

Among those aboard were Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead MaGuire from Ireland, American screenwriter and playwright Naomi Wallace, and Cigdem Topcuoglu, the professional athlete from Turkey who was on the Mavi Marmara in 2010 when the ship, in the midst of a similar attempt at breaking the blockade, was boarded by Israeli commandos. Topcuoglu’s husband was among 10 activists killed by the Israeli military in the incident.

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