The list of passengers include Tunisian MP Latifa Habashi; al-Jazeera’s renowned Algerian journalist Khadija Benguenna; Malin Björk, a Member of European Parliament from Sweden; Ann Wright, a retired U.S. Army Colonel and former U.S. diplomat who resigned in 2003 in opposition to the invasion of Iraq; and Dr. Fauziah Modh Hasan, a Malaysian physician who has participated in many humanitarian missions with the Malaysian Medical Relief Society.
The Zaytouna boat with 30 women on board had left two weeks ago for the Gaza Strip from the Spanish city of Barcelona, hoping to break a nearly decade-long Israeli blockade.
Khudari called for an international intervention to exert real pressure on the Israeli authorities not to stop the boat or to attack the participants.
He also called for lifting the siege on Gaza, opening its border crossings, re-establishing its airport and a waterway linking Palestine to the world, in addition to providing a safe passage between Gaza and the West Bank.
The Women’s Boat to Gaza is an initiative of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition composed of civil society organizations and campaigns from more than a dozen countries.