Next Viva Palestina Convoy: December!
From an email alert:
Viva Palestina goes international – D-day 5 December
Success in the
The Viva Palestina US convoy achieved a remarkable success, but in the teeth of significant obstacles.
Two hundred people, almost all
It was the largest such mission in terms of people and aid ever to leave the
The convoy did face great bureaucratic obstacles, however. They resulted in an original three day stay in
As with the British convoy in February and March, there is a great desire in the
Pooling all our efforts
Viva Palestina representatives have had a series of extremely productive discussions with similar campaigns and initiatives – ranging from the Free Gaza movement to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in
In addition, the Viva Palestina
Bigger, better, and more effective in December
All of this means we have the chance to organise a huge convoy, far more significant than either the British or the
That means an even bigger build up to a single mission in December. The reasons, emerging from discussions between the British and American convoy coordinators and others, are clear:
*December 27 marks the anniversary of the beginning of the Israeli assault on
*The second US convoy needs to be in December. It will be greatly strengthened by combining with the effort from
*A joint mission heading from London, with Americans flying in to take part, will form the core of a convoy heading through Europe, into the Balkans, northern Greece, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and into Egypt – picking up support along the way. Discussions are well advanced on organising major events – rallies, cultural and sporting – at strategic points on the way. This will be critical in both building momentum to cross the border and in raising the humanitarian crisis in
*We appreciate that for some it is easier to get time off work in October than December. But for many more, it is the other way around. In particular, on both sides of the
*We want to get more high profile individuals to take part. This requires the extra time afforded by going in December. There are exciting initiatives to involve sporting and cultural figures. The will take some patience and time to make work.
*Everybody’s efforts in building both the British and US convoys were remarkable. With extra time in October and November, we believe we can far outdo what we’ve done before. We will have extra time to build up the regional structures and organisation of the convoy to make the mission both smoother and more effective.
*The two months of October and November should be used to reach out far further to potential support than we have already.
All this means that we are reorganising the next Viva Palestina convoy to be an international mission – spearheaded by people from Britain and America, leaving from London on the weekend of 5 and 6 December, aiming to be in Gaza on 27 December. Don't worry about the date moving again - we're setting the date in stone so we can all start planning and organising now.
The extra time we are giving ourselves should help ensure a great success. But that will only happen if push hard now, through summer and Ramadan, to build support. We also aim in that time to conclude discussions with the Charity Commission about the structure of Viva Palestina so that we will have a clear run through the autumn.
We do understand that some people in the
Further information and registration details for the convoy will be coming out in the next two weeks. In addition to organising events and to get vehicles and aid locally, please let us know if you would like to part of the regional and central organising for what promises to be a historic event. We want to get extensive national and regional coordination in place in the next two weeks.
With best wishes,