Viva Palestina convoy breaks siege of Gaza
by MainStreet, Wed Jan 06, 2010 at 09:51:41 PM EST
Wednesday 6th January
Today Viva Palestina's third convoy of humanitarian aid from this British organization for the Gazan Palestinians entered Gaza after a long eventful trip, in which the Egyptian authorities attempted to block the convoy at every turn. The convoy had been on the road for a month, traveled through 10 countries to Aqaba, Jordan, was turned back to Syria, took a ship and several airplanes to El-Arish, Egypt, then fought with Egyptian riot police for a day before eventually being permitted entry into Gaza via the Rafah crossing.
The many obstacles imposed by Egypt made clear that Egypt was subjugating itself to the will of Israel and the United States. The Obama administration was silent throughout the ordeal.
Kevin Ovenden, the convoy leader, had these words to say:
"We are all emotional to see that all of Gaza are out to greet us! Our Viva Palestina convoy is symbolic! It shows the Palestianian people just how much the people of the West do care. We come in peace to deliver humanitarian aid and we hope that our convoy (and convoy's like ours) will help to build pressure on the Israeli government to break the siege."
Videos of the crossing itself:
and commentary from British MP, George Galloway, leader of Viva Palestina:
(I'm certain that we will have video embedding shortly. Just click on the links for now)