Fresh from the success of the Viva Palestina: Lifeline from Britain to Gaza aid convoy – which took over 100 vehicles to Gaza from the UK, Minister of Parliament, George Galloway has linked up on his US tour with the Vietnam veteran and peace campaigner, Ron Kovic, to launch a similar, but even larger venture from the States.
Galloway announced the initiative at a 1000-strong meeting in Anaheim, South California, rounding off a packed-out, coast to coast speaking tour highlighting the Palestinian cause.
“There’s a new atmosphere in the US over Palestine,” says Galloway, “the phenomenal response to this tour demonstrates that.”
Ron Kovic, whose story was immortalized in Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July, will be the co-leader of the convoy, which will travel from New York City to Egypt before making its way across the Rafah border into Gaza.
Viva Palestina: The USA Convoy to Gaza is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, but hopes individuals and groups from across the nation will organize locally to generate support for the convoy, which aims to raise 500 vehicles and $10 million of humanitarian aid.
“And what better day to head off,” says Galloway, “Than July 4 – Independence Day!”
What can YOU do to help the ease the suffering in Palestine?
The success of this movement depends on each of us, and EVERYONE has something to contribute – whether time, funding, skills, contact lists or organizing support! To see this convoy succeed, there are many needs we have yet to tackle…but our determination is great – WE CAN ALL DO SOMETHING TO COME CLOSER TO REALIZING THE GOALS OF THIS MISSION! http://www.vivapalestina-us.org/
The Rape of Gaza
By Roane Carey
June 02, 2009 “The Nation”
How would you feel if you found out that an American school, paid for with your tax dollars, was bombed and completely destroyed by a US ally? This happened in Gaza just a few months ago, during Israel’s now-infamous Operation Cast Lead.
I’ve been touring Gaza for the past three days as part of a Code Pink delegation, and the concrete rubble and twisted rebar of the American International School in Gaza is just one of the many horrifying images we’ve seen on this trip. The school, which taught American progressive values to Palestinian kids in grades K-12, was bombed by US-supplied Israeli F-16s in early January. The Israelis claimed, without supplying evidence, that Hamas fighters had fired rockets from the school. Now several hundred kids have not only lost the school they dearly loved; they have been given a very different lesson in American values, one no doubt unintended by the school’s founders and teachers.
via The Rape of Gaza