Viva Palestina has landed...
Aa, Takbir!! Allahu Akbar
The Viva Palestina convoy of peace activists, with over 100 vehicles, carrying over £1 million pounds worth of Humanitarian aid that left the UK on 14th FEB travelling accross Europe and North Africa has today got thru into GAZA and broken the Seige!
Viva Palestina Update
15.30 (GMT) Monday 9th March 2009
GROWN MEN CRYING...THE SIEGE IS BROKEN...
And they entered side by side like heroes, some on foot some in their vehicles, tears, smiles, hugs, flowers. It was historic, it was legendary. Gaza we are here. We have fulfilled the promise - Viva Palestina! The lifeline from the people of Britain to you, the people of Gaza, has arrived.
We have broken the barriers, we have opened closed borders, we have defied the odds,we have overcome the challenges across thousands of miles and three continents. We are here to be with you, to embrace you, to share your tragedy with you.
After another morning of intense negotiations, a deal was reached to allow all of the members of the convoy to go through. In the end, Viva Palestina had to make the sacrifice of agreeing that some vehicles will have to cross the border from the Al Ouja Israeli controlled crossing point. This includes our mascot, the fire engine and the boat. This was due to the restrictions imposed by Egyptian law governing the Rafah Crossing.
A tearful Talat Ali told me that 'Rafah is the most beautiful crossing in the world', he also said that the time , effort and sacrifices put in by all the Viva Palestina family meant that history has been made today
George Galloway made an emotional speech thanking the people of Gaza for the wonderful reception and assuring them that for Viva Palestina and in our millions, WE ARE ALL PALESTINIANS! George also reiterated that the people of Palestine have voted and that their voice should be respected.
Today the convoy will head along the Salah Eddine road towards Gaza City witnessing along the way the destruction and death caused by the Israeli war machine. Along the way they will be greeted by the people of Gaza who will know that Viva Palestina is here and that they will NEVER BE ALONE.
The convoy, which arrived in Gaza through the Rafah border crossing on Monday, set out from London last month but was temporarily halted in Egypt where it was attacked by assailants linked to the Egyptian security agency.
Viva Palestina broke the 19-month Israeli blockade which had been kept during the recent Israeli war in the region.
Israel launched its all-out war against the Gaza Strip in December, leaving at least 1,300 people killed and thousands of others wounded and displaced.
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