After frantic preparations to join British aid convoy to Gaza, Kamahl Mashni from Australians for Palestine arrived in London in time to find himself assigned as one of the drivers of the fire engine leading the convoy.
The aid convoy is the bold initiative of British MP George Galloway who – along with many other MPs, senior government ministers, church leaders, aid
workers, BBC staff, film stars – was outraged when the BBC refused to air a Gaza Appeal after Israel’s devastating 3-week long war on a Palestinian population already suffering immense deprivations from Israel’s 18 months of
The appeal had been launched by The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), an umbrella organisation for 13 humanitarian aid organisations: Action Aid, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Conern, Help the Aged, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund, World Vision.
The BBC had claimed that it did not want to compromise public confidence in its impartiality and was also concerned about the delivery of aid in a volatile situation, despite the ceasefire being already in place.
[See the appeal the BBC refused to show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smBSqO90k4c ]
Kamahl is one of about 300 volunteers who have left London in a 110-vehicle convoy, all filled to the brim with more than £1 million worth of aid for the people in Gaza. The number of vehicles, people and aid are expected to
increase as the convoy makes its 5,000 mile journey through France, Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.
So far, the convoy has exceeded all expectations with 12 ambulances, a boat, trucks and a fire engine in the
line-up. George Galloway who is leading the convoy said: “We will lead the biggest convoy of British vehicles across North Africa since Montgomery.”
If all goes well, the convoy should arrive on the Egyptian side of Rafah in early March, and hopefully, will not be faced with problems about entering into Gaza through the border town of Rafah.
We urge everyone to support our Australian effort to bring aid to the Palestinians. You can send a Valentine to Gaza through Australians for Palestine and Women for Palestine. Details for making donations can be
found on the attached poster or by visiting our website
http://www.australiansforpalestine.com – SK