brothers are back on the road
Seven men from
Blackburn set off today to join the Viva Palestina aid convoy to
Gaza. These men were wrongly arrested on Friday evening on the M65
motorway as they drove to rendezvous with the convoy in London as
it prepared to move off. They are taking three vans full of donations
of clothing, medical equipment, nappies and children’s toys.
The men have fundraised to pay for their vans, travelling costs
and all donations and intend to leave the vans in Gaza as further
Hailed as heroes
for the efforts to join the convoy and their fundraising, the men
met with Chris Chilvers, the North West organizer of the Viva Palestina
aid convoy, before setting off for Dover at noon today. Dr Chilvers
said, ‘They are very angry about their treatment at the hands
of the police and concerned that, despite being released without
charge, the police are still refusing to return donations from the
vans, personal belongings and mobile phones. The police have offered
no satisfactory reason for these violations’.
seven expressed their determination to join the convoy and to keep
the trust of all those that donated. Their effort is magnificent
and reflects the power of this solidarity movement to support Palestine.
By contrast, the police behaviour has been a disgrace’.
Due to the
intercession of local councillors, notably Salim Mulla, and the
Lancashire Council of Mosques, the Lancashire Police has agreed
to meet the costs of getting the group to Tunis and offered safe
passage to Calais.
The men will
cross from Dover to Calais tonight in vans decorated with posters
and salutations such as ‘from Blackburn with love’.
They will drive through France to Marseille to join a 24 hour ferry
crossing to Tunis in Tunisia. Here the group will meet the Viva
Palestina convoy as it arrives from Algeria on Saturday morning.
George Galloway is overjoyed that the group has set off and looks
forward to uniting them with the convoy in Tunis.
name is Tahir Gorji from Blackburn,
I will be taking part in the convoy InshAllah that will leave on
the 14th Feb 2009 from London to Gaza.
I was going on my own, shocking to my family, and friends. They
thought I was crazy.
after explaining the situation that we are all Palestinians, we
all should have a sense of responsibility to help those innocent
children, mothers and brothers of Palestine, they have given me
the strength and support to which I thank them abundantly.
now I have my best friend Safraz Patel who will be joining me on
are financing ourselves for the journey, the cost, and the vehicle
and with the funds and aid that we have collected from the generous
people of Blackburn will be given directly for the deprived people
believe that if we are able to, and fit enough to, we should help
in any way we can. This should be a duty on everyone, not jus the
ones that care.
should join hands and show unity for the victims of the atrocities.
Palestina has done a beautiful job in raising awareness and we should
all be a part of it.
Even when the convoy leaves from London, we should still be fundraising
and collecting donations as every small thing that we do in unity
will help InshAllah.
thank everyone who has taken part in trying to make this a success
in any way they have helped.
want to build relations with the oppressed people of Palestine,
so that we may take a stance, and share our Love, and wealth and
food with them, so that they may know that they are not alone.
are aware of what is happening and we will try and do whatever we
can in our power to help them.
also know that all the people who have supported this convoy will
be with us in spirit every inch of the way.
again will fences and walls or borer crossings separate us from
you, people of Gaza, people of Palestine, you are no longer alone.
pray so that we may get their safely and show them the love Britain
Palestina! Viva Palestina!
will be adding content to these pages as we recieve it from the
convoy. Please come back soon.