Viva Palestina Have Reached Gaza!

// March 9th, 2009 // Blog

Viva Palestina Update
15.30 (GMT) Monday 9th March 2009

GROWN MEN CRYING…THE SIEGE IS BROKEN… ON THE DAY THE PROPHET WAS BORN

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 – on the day the prophet Mohammed (PBUH) was born.

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.

Farid Arada

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4 Responses to “Viva Palestina Have Reached Gaza!”

  1. iMuslim says:

    Allahu akbar!

  2. Shaik says:

    SubhanAllah walhamdulillah wAllahu akbar!

  3. Yusuf Smith says:

    As-Salaamu ‘alaikum,

    Why did they pick this particular route for the VP convoy? It is a very long and indirect route, and the harassment they received going through Tunisia was highly predictable as that state has a history of hostility to anything Islamic. Was it to avoid going through non-Muslim and non-EU countries in the Balkans, or longer ferry crossings than the one between Spain and Morocco? I hope the reasons were logistical, as to spend money on fuelling so many vehicles across so many countries would have been a waste, even if it was meant as a display of “brotherhood”.

  4. iMuslim says:

    Wa ‘alaykum salam wa rahmatullah

    As far as I know, they chose to travel through predominantly Muslim countries as they knew they would get better coverage from Arab media, which would help them in fundraising, and increasing public pressure on the Egyptian government to eventually let the convoy into Gaza.

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