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Convoy members on hunger strike for Gaza

27 December 2009

The Viva Palestina convoy is still stranded in Aqaba, Jordan. It’s less than a day’s journey to Gaza, but the Egyptians won’t let us through.

As of 1120 this morning, I and 19 others are on a hunger strike in solidarity with the hungry people of Gaza. We will be joined by more volunteers every day until we are allowed to take our aid into Gaza via Rafah in Egypt.

It’s the anniversary of last year’s murderous attack on Gaza. The focus should be on Israeli war crimes, not on Egypt’s refusal to allow aid to pass through Nuweiba and Rafah.

Please write to local and national media, MPs, the Egyptian consulate etc, and ask your friends to do the same.

See posts below for contact details.

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  1. srenison permalink
    29 December 2009 9:46pm

    update on convoy action
    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/12/200912281583520582.html

    or see article pasted below.

    Gaza aid convoy to change course
    Egypt accused the French protesters of lying and trying to embarrass it [AFP]

    Organisers of the Viva Palestina aid convoy, which is trying to reach the Gaza Strip, have agreed to travel via Syria en route to Egypt. The agreement came after a Turkish mediator reached a deal with the Egyptian consul in Jordan’s Red Sea port of Aqaba. The convoy will now head to the Syrian port of Latakia to sail from there to the Egyptian port of El Arish, and then to Gaza.

    The Viva Palestina convoy, which has been stranded in Aqaba for the past five days, is led by George Galloway, a British MP. A statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Information said that Galloway had been told by November 10 that the convoy had to travel through El Arish.

    ‘Disregarding directives’

    “Egypt was surprised with Galloway’s insistence to disregard the Egyptian directives,” the statement said.

    In depth

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    “In light of Egypt’s feeling that the convoy organisers are seeking to impose a fait accompli and disregard the Egyptian directives, Egypt announced that it will not allow the convoy access, except through Arish port.”

    Turkey dispatched an official on Saturday to try convince the Egyptians to allow the convoy to go through the Red Sea port of Nuweiba, the most direct route to Gaza after Egypt insisted that the convoy can only enter through El-Arish, on its Mediterranean coast.

    Viva Palestina and another convoy, the Gaza Freedom March, were planning to arrive on Sunday to commemorate the first anniversary of Israel’s war on Gaza that killed 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis.

    Meanwhile, at least 300 French participants of the Gaza Freedom March spent the night camped out in front of their embassy in Cairo, bringing a major road in the Egyptian capital to a halt as riot police wielding plexiglass shields surrounded them.

    Egypt angry

    Hossam Zaki, an Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman, accused the French protesters of lying and trying to embarrass Egypt. “They claimed they had aid to carry to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, which is a lie,” the MENA news agency quoted Zaki as saying. “They want media exposure and to pressure and embarrass Egypt,” he said.

    On Sunday, police briefly detained 38 international participants in the Sinai town of El-Arish, organisers said. “At noon (10:00 GMT) on December 27, Egyptian security forces detained a group of 30 activists in their hotel in El-Arish as they prepared to leave for Gaza, placing them under house arrest,” they said. “Another group of eight people, including American, British, Spanish, Japanese and Greek citizens, were detained at the bus station of El-Arish in the afternoon of December 27.”

    On Sunday, Egyptian police also stopped some 200 protesters from renting boats on the Nile to hold a procession to commemorate those who died in the Gaza war.

    On December 31, participants are hoping to join Palestinians “in a non-violent march from northern Gaza to the Erez-Israeli border,” the organisers said.

  2. Viva Viva Palestina permalink
    30 December 2009 9:22pm

    PLEASE REPOST, TWEET, SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE PROTEST IN LONDON OUTSIDE EGYPTIAN EMBASSY AT 1.00PM CALLED BY PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN AND NUMBER OF ORGANISATIONS.

    South Street, LONDON W1 (MARBLE ARCH OR HYDE PARK CORNER TUBES)

    Please remember to bring “No Gaza, No Giza” signs! Let’s tell the Egyptian Embassy that we will boycott Egypt if you don’t allow access to Gaza. Even if tourism is reduced by 20% as a result of the Boycott that will be more than what the USA gave Egypt in Aid last year…. See More
    NO GAZA NO GIZA
    VIVA VIVA PALESTINA

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