Former members of the band Pink Floyd have expressed support for the pro-Palestinian women activists detained by the Israeli Navy, as they appear set to be deported today.
The vessel Zaytouna-Oliva, skippered by Australian Madeleine Habib, was intercepted by the Israeli military in international waters as it attempted to reach Gaza.
The protest group reported that the two journalists aboard the vessel have already been deported, and the 13 campaigners had been moved from Givon Prison to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.
According to Ms Habib’s husband Stuart Baird, the women are expected to fly out of Israel today.
“The call I had with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade this morning indicated it was likely that all the women participating in this action to draw attention to the women of Gaza would be deported today,” he said.
Mr Baird said in the lead-up to the Gaza mission, Ms Habib had skippered rescue boats for Doctors Without Borders to help save refugees attempting to reach Europe across the Mediterranean.
The Women’s Boat To Gaza mission — coordinated by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition — described the incident as “kidnapping” on their Twitter page.
The all-women crew had sailed from Barcelona a few weeks earlier, according to Mr Baird, who expected Ms Habib to return straight to her home in Hobart, Tasmania.
Pink Floyd praises women’s efforts
Vocal support for the women’s efforts has come from Roger Waters, founding member of Pink Floyd.
While Waters left the band in 1985 and has not played with the other members since 2005, the living band members have come together to support the Women’s Boat to Gaza mission.
A message on their Facebook page read:
“David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters stand united in support of the Women of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, and deplore their illegal arrest and detention in international waters by the Israeli Defense Force.”
It is uncertain whether the band is considering performing together again.
Waters also tweeted his support for the Zaytouna-Oliva crew.
Another tweet read: “Our respect and admiration for you is unbounded, Zaytouna-Oliva is a brave beacon of light and love. With you in solidarity.”
Before the boat’s seizure, Mr Waters tweeted a video expressing support for the mission.
While many expressed support for Mr Waters’ stance on Facebook, not all shared his views:
“I knew Waters was an idiot, but i´m disappointed to hear that about Gilmour and Mason.”
“Actually, we’re bashing the extreme silliness of a supposedly thoughtful individual ignoring all reality and regrettably backing a terrorist organisation that continues, solely for reasons of hatred power, a futile fight against a non enemy who would’ve, if the terrorist organisation had bothered to do so, been living in peace for decades. nah…rog is wrong. he’s blinded by the very same latent anti-semitism that has ruled too much of the planet for absolutely no reason.”