That would be Maryam as in Mary, the mother of Jesus. Clearly, the Christian women have not considered what Islamic law would do to their freedom to openly proclaim Mary as "Mother of God." Or Theotokos, or Regina Coeli -- all very, very haram, when it is blasphemous in Islam to imply that Allah has a son, and Islamic law makes blasphemy a matter of severe punishment.
Indeed, the Christians here are making themselves pawns for propaganda on behalf of a group that would demand from them conversion, subjugation, or war (per Qur'an 9:29) if they had their way. Just as the original Fraud Flotilla was a calculated attempt to sway world opinion, this one attempts more directly to arouse the sympathies of Christians who have no clue what Islamic law holds for unbelievers.
"Christian and Muslim women announce they will go to Gaza on board the ship "Mariam", Mary," from Asia News, June 19:
Beirut (AsiaNews) - In all likelihood the "Mariam", the Arabic name of Mary, has not yet left the Lebanese port where it is berthed. The ship is carrying a group of Christian and Muslim women who are intent on bringing aid, especially medicine, to the population of Gaza, and is already causing problems in Israel
You'll want to read this next bit sitting down:
Because it is one thing to attack a ship carrying more or less peaceful pacifists, another is to raid a ship voluntarily baptized with the name of Our Lady. "We are determined to go - says Rima Farah, spokeswoman for the group - and our weapons are our faith in the Virgin and humanity."
"The mission - she clarified yesterday - is of a humanitarian nature and will be conducted on board a merchant ship and not a tourist vessel." "A huge image of the Blessed Virgin will be raised on the ship and the boat will be loaded with medicines to treat cancer patients among the women and children." Religious songs, she added, will accompany them on their expedition.
The first sounding of the alarm caused by the "Mariam" was the Israeli defence minister, Ehud Barak's warning to Lebanon, which he said, "will be held responsible for any departure from one of its ports of vessels bound for Gaza". And the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Danny Ayalon, added that, unlike previous attempts to break the blockade imposed on Gaza, this time the people on board could be jailed and deported.
"The Mariam - commented Farah - has already begun to achieve its purpose, as Israeli leaders have launched warnings and threats." "We are not afraid," said the organizer of the expedition, Samar El-Hajj.
The ship, according to the woman, is "now ready" in an unnamed Lebanese port and will also welcome on board about thirty European pacifists and two score of journalists.
The protesters, meanwhile, gathered in prayer in a cave near the Shrine of Our Lady of Mantara (pictured) where it is said that Mary expected Jesus
The women's group claims to have no association with Hezbollah or with other political organizations. "We are not related to the 'Party of God', but the Mother of God."...
How cute. But again, what would the "Party of God" (Hizballah) like to do about your calling Mary the Mother of God?
Anyway, all is not well aboard the Maryam. In fact, Hizballah itself is balking at letting a female pop star join the campaign on account of her "nudity." There's your future, Lebanon, if you don't choose otherwise.
"Haifa Wehbe asks to join Gaza flotilla," from the Jerusalem Post, June 18 (thanks to Dumbledoresarmy):
Lebanese model and pop star Haifa Wehbe was banned by Hizbullah from boarding a female-only ship headed for Gaza, Kuwaiti daily Al-Seyassah reported on Friday.
Wehbe reportedly appealed to the leadership of the Islamist terrorist movement and political party and requested to join the Lebanese women who have signed up as passengers on the aid ship Mariam, which will sail to Gaza in the coming days.
The trip was organized by the Free Palestine movement in conjunction with Samar Hajj, whose husband Ali Hajj has been in jail for four years in connection with the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
According to the Kuwaiti paper, Hajj was told yesterday by Hizbullah leaders that Wehbe would have to be prevented from taking part in the journey on grounds that her "nudity ... and immodest dress will harm the reputation of all women participating in the trip."
The leaders further noted that the ever-popular Wehbe's presence was likely to "divert attention from the main objective of the trip."
Later on Friday, Hizbullah denied it was involved in preparations for the trip, saying the group had "decided from the very beginning to stay away from this humanitarian act in terms of organisation, logistic support and participation so as not to give the Israeli enemy any pretext to attack the participants."
Clearly, if it has a say in who goes on the ship, the group is involved.
Earlier this week, Hajj declared that the female activists were "all independent women who believe in breaking the siege on Gaza." She added that "This has nothing to do with Hizbullah, although it is an honor for us to be supporters of the resistance."
... for which they would be rewarded with subjugation under Sharia law.