The freedom flotilla aid ship MVFinch has received approval to dock in an Egyptian port giving further encouragement for the opening of borders into Gaza.
Press TV talks with Michael Chossudovsky, Director for the Center of Research on Globalization in Montreal who is in touch with the ship and is very optimistic about humanitarian materials getting through due to the actions taken by Egyptian authorities.
George Galloway’s Viva-Palestina convoy finally arrived in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday with a cargo of activists and humanitarian aid.
They’ve made it to the Gaza strip a month after leaving Europe, but its been a month marked by diplomatic tensions, enforced changes of route, and in the final hours, violent clashes with egyptian security forces.
Was it worth it? and could it have been handled differently? What are the politics behind the scenes?
The famous song, Va pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi was first performed in 1842 when the Northern part of Italy was under the thumb of the Austrian empire. It is a song about the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted, conquered, and subsequently exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar).
The song has become a plaintive cry for freedom for all occupied people and is dedicated to the Palestinian fight for justice, from the Occupied West Bank to besieged Gaza. Supporters from around the world marched on December 31, 2009 and January 1, 2010 to demand of their governments, “Break the siege on Gaza, let them live in peace and with dignity”
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Viva Palestina Aid Convoy Arrives in Gaza, George Galloway Describes “Desperate” Situation
A humanitarian aid convoy has arrived in Gaza nearly a month after it embarked from Britain. Members of the Viva Palestina convoy began passing through Egypt’s Rafah border crossing into Gaza on Wednesday. They are expected to spend the next forty-eight hours distributing the aid supplies. We go to Gaza to speak with British MP George Galloway, who led the convoy.
The Viva Palestina aid convoy entered Gaza Wednesday, after it received the approval of Egyptian authorities to bring into the besieged, impoverished coastal sliver several tons of humanitarian supplies.
The activists entered Gaza through Rafah border crossing. More than 500 international activists accompany the convoy organized by the British-based group Viva Palestina, a Press TV correspondent reported.
Fifty-nine vehicles were not allowed into the strip but the supplies were unloaded and taken through by the activists.
Eric Ruder reports on calls for solidarity from activists on a mission to bring badly needed supplies to the Palestinians of Gaza.
THE VIVA Palestina convoy to deliver humanitarian relief supplies to the besieged people of Gaza is calling on solidarity activists everywhere to call, e-mail and fax officials of the Egyptian government and gather outside consulates and embassies around the world as the convoy embarks on the last leg of its attempt to cross from Egypt into Gaza.
The situation is changing by the hour, so Viva Palestina organizers are asking that activists be prepared to either demand that Egyptian authorities allow the convoy to cross into Gaza or to celebrate the successful and safe passage of humanitarian relief supplies that are urgently needed by 1.5 million Palestinians living under Israel’s blockade in Gaza.
Today, Saturday January 2nd, the 250 vehicles that make up the “Viva Palestina Convoy” were loaded onto a Turkish cargo ship in the port city of Latikia in Syria. The ship will set sail tonight for El Arish port in Egypt.
The crossing will take 26 hours, having had a futher 8 hours added to it’s journey time by Israeli pressure. Tomorrow, over 500 members of the convoy will fly to El Arish and meet up with their vehicles.
A plane has been charted by Viva Palestina, the Turkish and Malaysian Governments, and it will make 3 trips in order to fly everyone to Egypt.
Having arrived in Aqaba, Jordan on December 24th, the convoy has faced numerous difficulties in the intervening time.
In a press conference conducted earlier this evening, the Egyptian foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit announced some threats, warnings, surprises as well as some good news. The press conference that aired on Egyptian official TV a few hours ago was boiling with Aboul Gheit’s very firm and angry answers to the journalists’ questions who did not spare him a topic. They asked about the peace process, Hamas, Rafah tunnels and the Iron Wall besides the questions about the Gaza Freedom March and Viva Palestina.
To my surprise, it seems that the mainstream media are so far ignoring this press conference and no one has published any of the surprises or the good news which he carried for the Gaza Freedom March and the surprise he had for Viva Palestina. Not even those directly concerned, the activists themselves. Instead, searching the mainstream media today you will only get news about Egypt’s arrest of activists in Cairo, the activist hunger strike, Viva Palestina’s redirection to Syria, and so on.