The Israel Terrorist Forces (ITF) raided the ship Zaytouna-Olivia that carried 13 women among them U. S. Army Col. Ann Wright, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland, lawmakers, and an Olympic athlete. Long before reaching its destination, the boat was hijacked by a female operated Israeli navy vessel. This time, the ITF showed restraint contrary to the last hijacking operation in 2010 in which 10 people were killed by the Israeli military.
The boot set out from Barcelona in order to challenge Israel’s blockade of Gaza and show solidarity with the Palestinian people. The blockade of the Gaza-Ghetto has been going on for almost 10 years. In Gaza, the attempt was applauded although it was unsuccessful. During the hijacking operation, the ITF bombarded targets in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for rocket fire that did not hurt anybody.
Since the June 1967 war, the Israelis have been occupying the Gaza Strip contrary to international law. Although Israel has officially left the Strip in 2005 and took the illegal colonizers with it, the Strip is still considered occupied by the United Nations. The Israeli government has turned the Ghetto-like Strip into the world’s largest open-air prison. Without Israeli approval, no one can get in or out of Gaza. On a regular basis, the ITF commit massacres such as in 2008/09 and 2014 in which thousands of defenseless people were killed ,while the international community kept silent.
It’s time the illegal Israel occupation of Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights is terminated by the international community.