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Press release Note: Correct adress for prior notfikation to Press Conference is or call Staffan Granér att +46703549687 Förstakammarsalen, Parliament house, Stockholm  17/5, Kl. 10-15 Press Conference in Förstakammarsalen  at 15.30
Press release At 1558 (CEST) on 5 October, we lost contact again with the Zaytouna-Oliva and presume that the Israeli Occupation Navy has now begun to attack it and that it has been surrounded in International Waters (latest position: Lat+31.906033 Lon+33.757630).
Press release As you surely know, at this very moment there is a boat en route to Gaza, that little Palestinian enclave. Its mission is to observe, break and eventually end the inhumane, illegal and for all involved parties destructive blockade of Gaza. Women's Boat to Gaza, as we call our action, is an initiative by Ship to Gaza and the Freedom Flotilla Coalition. 
News There are an estimated 4,000 fishermen in Gaza. Only 5-700 of them fish regularly. The reason for that is either that they fear being detained by Israeli occupation forces, whose ships patrol the six-nautical-mile zone from the shores within which Palestinian boats are allowed.
Press release Messina, Italy:  This morning, women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician.
Press release Messina, Italy – There is adage that says “Hope springs eternal.” This was personified today when the Amal-Hope II entered Messina port to join her sister Zaytouna-Oliva.
Press release During a visit in Sweden, rock legend Patti Smith declares her wholeheartedly support for Women´s Boat to Gaza. In a video published on Youtube Smith says she is supporting the women on board the Zaytouna-Oliva who in solidarity with their sisters in Gaza are determined to break the inhuman blockade.
Press release 13 September, 2016 On Wednesday 14 September, the latest Freedom Flotilla Coalition will set sail from Barcelona to Gaza, aiming to arrive by 1 October. This year the mission Women's Boat to Gaza (WBG), on two boats named 'Amal-Hope and Zaytouna-Oliva, will carry out a humanitarian mission to send a message of hope and solidarity to the people of Gaza.
Press release Onboard Women´s Boat to Gaza, which will depart from Barcelona next week (Sept 14), three Swedish human rights activists will sail during the different legs:
News Malin Björk has been a member of the European Parliament for the Swedish Left Party since 2014. Women's rights and refugee rights are top priorities in her political work. Prior to her political office, Malin Björk worked at the NGO European Women´s Lobby for several years. She is also a strong advocate for LGBTI people´s rights.
News Paulina de los Reyes is professor of economic history at Stockholm University and chair of the Swedish Association for Gender Studies. Her main research areas are postcolonial feminism, critical race theory and working life studies.
News Jeannette Escanilla will be sailing as delegate with Women's Boat to Gaza (WBG) on the last leg from Messina to Gaza city. She is representing the left party of Sweden in the County council of Uppsala where she is vice chairperson of the committee for children and youth.
Press release In a ruling issued by the Supreme Court of Israel, under the presidency of Miriam Naor, the state of Israel is ordered to immediately release and return the vessel ”Estelle” to its owners, the Swedish human rights organisation Ship to Gaza.
Photo: UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan
News Israeli navy forces detained several Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip late Wednesday. The head of the fishermen union, Nizar Ayyash, told Ma’an that Israeli navy boats confiscated a Palestinian fishing boat while five fishermen were on board.