The benedictian nun Teresa Forcades was deported from Israel on Saturday January 23, 2016 as she tried to enter the country. The reason for her trip was a two week teaching commitment she had at the Faculty of Teology at the Dormition Abby in East Jerusalem about the Holy Trinity. Montserrat Viñas, the emerita abbess of the Sant Benet de Montserrat monestery, Forcades travel companion, was allowed to enter Israel after being interogated. Forcades was sent back to Spain after her registration and interogation, but not before passing the night of Friday January 22 at the Tel Aviv airport detention facility.
The Women's boat to Gaza is a Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) initiative. By launching a women’s boat, women from all over the world aim to highlight the undeniable contributions of Palestinian women who have been central within the Palestinian struggle in Gaza, the West Bank, inside the Green Line and in the diaspora, and their indomitable spirit.
Barcelona, November 1, 2015
for immediate release
In light of the extremely deteriorated situation in Palestine, the Israeli oppression and the continued blockade of Gaza, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) met in Barcelona to evaluate past actions and plan for future work. The following strategic plan was adopted:
2016: Women's Boat to Gaza will sail to challenge the blockade.
2017: Focus will be on solidarity with the fishermen of Gaza.
2018: a large vessel carrying hundreds of supporters from around the world will sail to challenge the blockade.