Joint Arab List: “Women’s Boat to Gaza passengers were kidnapped by the IDF”

Just last week, the Joint Arab List created tensions as its members refused to attend former Israeli President Shimon Peres’ funeral. Now the political party published a statement in support of the flotilla that was intercepted near Gaza.
The Women’s Boat to Gaza Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

This evening (Friday), the Joint Arab List published a statement in support of the pro-Palestinian women who were on the Women’s Boat to Gaza. As reported by JOL two days ago, the Israeli Navy intercepted the Zaytouna-Oliva, which was sailing towards Gaza in an attempt to break the area’s naval blockade.

The Joint Arab List’s statement that will most likely cause an uproar within Israeli politics claimed that the Israeli Navy’s actions were a clear violation of international law. Furthermore, the Joint Arab List recently created chaos when its members boycotted former Israeli President Shimon Peres’ funeral.

“The Joint Arab List expresses its tremendous appreciation for the activists who participated in the Women’s Boat to Gaza and were kidnapped in international waters yesterday [sic] by Israeli naval forces,” read the Joint Arab List’s statement from its Facebook page. “The illegal interception was conducted 50 kilometers off the coast of besieged Gaza in clear violation of international law.”

The political party headed by Ayman Odeh also claimed that the flotillas will continue sailing until the Gaza blockade comes to an end. “Hijacking the boat within international waters and arresting the activists is another chapter within Israel’s series of thuggish acts against our people,” the party concluded on its Facebook page. “It was another attempt to oppress the legitimate struggle for freedom in light of the criminal blockade of Gaza.”

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