Sadly here’s my final collection of e-mails for this week. I start a new project next Monday and therefore won’t have as much time to share information as I have had over the past month or so. Please continue to follow the progress of the convoy to Gaza at http://www.vivapalestina.org and check updates on my website where I will continue blogging.
Yvonne Ridley will also be giving regular updates from the convoy for the duration of the trip. Her website is www.yvonneridley.org
Jazak Allah Khair.
Boycotting does work!! – Fruit growers disappointed by canceled orders from abroad, leaving produce to rot in warehouses
From Khalid Khan (Manchester)
"I am Malcolm X tour" – Saturday 28 February (6pm) – Bradford, The Playhouse, book at http://radicalmiddleway.co.uk/ for this free event.
Watch the video on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eECCyHUD-0c&feature=email
VivaPalestina "A Lifeline from Britain to Gaza" – latest updates and info below…
Seven films of solidarity – Here at Viva Palestina we’ve been over-whelmed by the support of people, from across the UK and beyond, for the people of Gaza. That support is wonderfully demonstrated by a marvelous video collection of the convoy departure produced by FourManFilms. You can now watch this via Youtube at our website at
http://www.vivapalestina.org/video3.htm Take a monent (or 70 minutes) to watch these videos and then please forward the link to your friends in your email address book.
DELAYS AT THE BORDER THEN A GREAT WELCOME by Farid Arada (Manchester Viva Palestina)
After long delays at the border,our convoy has been greeted by thousands of Algerians from the border town of Maghnia. It is not known as to the reason for the delay, but I am told that the passport checks were done at a leisurly pace in an atmosphere of friendship and brotherhood. The Gaza convoy enjoyed a picnic in the beautiful sunshine whilst waiting for their passports. As I am writing,they are filling up their vehicles with fuel on the house,courtesy of Algeria just outside Maghnia. The likely stop for the night will be the cities of Ein Timouchent or Tlemcen or a car park! In the morning,they will set off for Algiers,a journey which will take them most of the day. I am told that the convoy is buzzing and the athmosphere and spirits are very high. See the BBC website at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7903953.stm
Some notes from Yvonne Ridley is on board the Viva Palestina convoy with award-winning film-maker Hassan al Banna Ghani.
*Heroic convoy members saving the lives of 20 Moroccan policemen after a near-fatal road crash near Fes.
*Heroic London mother-of-six battling cancer continues her mercy mission for the sake of the children of Gaza.
*History in the making as Morocco and Algeria open their land borders for the first time in nearly two decades to let the mercy convoy pass.
Of course most of those making the headlines are Muslims and as we know, the Islamophobic media in Britain prefers to write about Muslims in a negative way.
But this flawed news judgment reflects badly on them and not the Viva Palestina crew who come from all parts of Britain – they might not have been born in the UK but they are doing their adopted country proud.
*Israel Is Committing A Holocaust In Gaza: Norman Finkelstein*
BRUSSELS — According to Finkelstein, Israel, a state built on the ashes of the Nazi Holocaust,* is now committing a holocaust against Palestinians in Gaza*. In a telephone interview with Today’s Zaman, Finkelstein said Israel was a "terrorist state" created by the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948. Praising Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish people for their courage in supporting Palestinians, *Finkelstein referred to Israel as a "satanic" and "lunatic" state.* Finkelstein’s parents survived the Nazi camps in World War II and then immigrated to the U.S.
Hollywood’s New Censors By John Pilger, Z Net February 19, 2009
Read this excellent article at http://www.zcommunications.org/zspace/commentaries/3780
UN nuclear watchdog: Israel’s ‘perceived double-standard’ hurts NPT
A perception among Arab nations that Israel has undermined the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is a major obstacle to global nuclear disarmament, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog said on
Monday. Read this article at
From Social Welfare Party <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Africa border opens for Gaza aid
The border between Morocco and Algeria, closed for almost 15 years, has been temporarily reopened for an aid convoy heading towards the Gaza Strip.
New video on South London Respect website. Radical British music for Palestine. (Radical British music for Palestine)
Video of the Viva Palestina convoy send off has been put on the Southwark Respect Website: http://respectpartysouthlondon.wordpress.com/
An interesting article on the political changes emerging in the relationship between Hamas, Fatah and Mubarak. From the Jerusalem Post (of all newspapers…these are strange times).
Galloway seeks inquiry into convoy arrests (The Guardian, Saturday 21st February 2009)
MIDEAST: Border Politics Slows Aid to Gaza
CAIRO, Feb 21 (IPS) – Egyptian authorities are continuing to prevent humanitarian aid from crossing the border into the Gaza Strip, according to local sources.
Source: Inter Press Service (IPS) News Agency – http://www.ipsnews.net/index.asp
bring n buy event for gaza (Manchester)
hi everyone , i am organising an event at Saffron Restaurant, Cheetham Hill Road, Cheetham Hill Manchester to be held on Saturday 28th February between 12noon and 3pm. its a bring n buy so if you have anything that you can donate , that you no longer need , that someone else may find useful then bring it along on the day , alternatively contact me , drop it off at saffron beforehand, but importantly show us your support for Gaza . Anyone wishing to have a stall , then do come along help us in this cause. If on Saturday its a nice dry day then we hope to have the event outdoors. Its free invite . Lets donate our items sitting gathering dust, or even the unwanted present. . come along and show your support. thanks in advance samina khan 07878429068
From Mazhar Iqbal (Leeds)
Israel: Troops should get medal for Gaza
A rather excellent rebuttal of fascist Dutch MP Geert Wilders’ film Fitna.
Please spread far and wide, link it in websites and blogs so that when people search for Geert Wilders and Fitna this comes up in the results.
Parts 1 to 3
From Naveed Sajid (Manchester)
For your information…
From Asif Deen
The Truth About the 2009 Gaza Massacre
Part 1/4: Azzam Tamimi, Holocaust Memorial Day Talk.
If you have some spare time (spilt in 4 Parts). Talks of Egyptian, Saudi and Fatah complicity in the war.
Fatah sent 4000 soldiers into Gaza the day the war started