Thursday, 16 September 2010

Viva Palestina 5 - the journey begins

On 31 May, the Mavi Marmara, carrying aid for the people of Gaza, was attacked by Israeli forces in international waters. The massacre shocked the world and turned the spotlight once again on the illegal and inhumane siege of Gaza.

But if Israel thought their brutality would deter others, they were wrong. Many more people have been inspired to support the Palestinian people with practical aid. 

This Saturday, 18 September, the fifth Viva Palestina convoy leaves for Gaza. The land convoy from London is due to join with convoys from Casablanca and Doha, and another international flotilla that will try again to reach Gaza by sea.

It is a fantastic example of solidarity, and my hopes and prayers are for a peaceful and successful journey.

You can still donate to Viva Palestina here.

And, thanks to my friends at Philosophy Football, you can also wear the official t-shirt that will be worn by all the drivers and crew on the convoy. The shirt can be bought online here, and sales will help to fund the convoy.