July 11, 2009
Video taken on the boat “Spirit of Humanity” of Israeli Navy approach and threat before capture of Cynthia McKinney and FreeGaza.
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Viva Palestina US update
The largest ever U.S. humanitarian aid convoy to Gaza is now gathering in Egypt to head across the border into Gaza on Monday, July 13.
Vehicles are coming from Alexandria, the medical supplies from Cairo and the advanced party of nearly 100 US citizens is heading for the staging post of Al Arish, just before the border with Gaza.
That group, of four buses, has, however, been stopped from crossing over the Suez Canal and into the Sinai region, which leads to Gaza.
The buses, carrying people, medical aid and bearing US, Egyptian and Palestinian flags in a spirit of international cooperation, have been held at a security checkpoint and given various, conflicting reasons for why they cannot proceed to their destination at Al Arish.
New York Councilman Charles Barron is leading the group and is negotiating with security officials to resolve the situation. He has contacted Washington and other elected officials in an effort to clarify the reasons for the delay and address any concerns as efficiently as possible.
Former US Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney will join the convoy on Sunday, July 23, and British Member of Parliament George Galloway will also be heading to meet up with Councilman Barron and the advance group.
Councilman Barron and the rest of the advance group of the convoy, however, are insisting on their right to travel with their supplies to Al Arish, where the rest of the convoy is to rendezvous with them before heading for the border crossing into Gaza.
This medical convoy is on the way to Gaza a month after US President Barack Obama described the situation in Gaza as a “humanitarian crisis.”
“Our convoy is on an aid mission,” says Galloway, “We come in peace; but we will not be stopped.”
Kevin Ovenden, Viva Palestina coordinator
For more information, etc, please phone Rob Hoveman on 00 44 7507 600561
Peace and Solidarity
As you are all aware, Viva Palestina, USA Aid Convoy will be at Rafah Border we hope on Monday, we have had reports that Cynthia McKinney will be with the Convoy.
Check out: [see above video]
EXCLUSIVE – VIDEO SMUGGLED out of Israel reveals what really happened when the Israeli Navy resorted to an act of piracy and illegally boarded the Free Gaza boat
Let us hope that they all have a smooth journey and get in to Gaza with minimum effort. A privilege which is withheld from so many Palestinian people.
Below you will see links for Photos of the Viva Palestina team whilst in Egypt.
Photos from Sue Thompson Global Peace Advocate, International Artist and Photographer, with the assistance of funding from Help International (HI) of Palestine and United Kingdom, have been able to take part in the Aid Convoy from USA, Viva Palestina. Sue’s joined with the convoy in USA , met with George Galloway, Head of the US Convoy in Cairo.
With the assistance of HI representatives, who; ”Aspire to enhance the Palestinians lives by building / creating positive living conditions; psychologically, socially and culturally to ensure a better and fairer ‘just’ life for the people of Palestine. ” she will be taking photos of the war raged community, especially of the children, to help promote awareness and the plight of children around the world via her “Source of Peace” during Exhibition Showcases .
For anyone wishing to join IMORB at Rafah Border email us or call
Nada Kassass (0020) 0… Arabic/English
Paki Wieland (0020) 0187358621 English
Iman Badawi (0020) 0197910753 Arabic/English
Gaza convoy stopped in Egypt
by Kevin Ovenden
July 11, 2009
Viva Palestina coordinator Kevin Ovenden reports that a humanitarian aid convoy originating in the U.S. and bound for Gaza has been stopped by Egyptian authorities.
THE LARGEST-ever U.S. humanitarian aid convoy is now gathering in Egypt to head across the border into Gaza on Monday, July 13.
Vehicles are coming from Alexandria, the medical supplies from Cairo and the advanced party of nearly 100 U.S. citizens is heading for the staging post of Al Arish, just before the border with Gaza.
Viva Palestina: Relief Halted on the Way
by Soozy Duncan
July 11, 11:47 pm EST
Stopped at the Suez Canal by Egyptian authorities, over 100 delegates from the Viva Palestina caravan are sleeping in vehicles until they are permitted passage to the Sinai peninsula on their way to deliver medical aid to Gaza. The group is being pressed to return to Cairo by Egyptian authorities and has not been allowed to cross the Mubarak Peace Bridge in El Qantara, Egypt.