Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Viva Palestina US

‘We aim for $10 million in aid and 500 vehicles for Gaza’,

say George Galloway and Ron Kovic (via subscription email).

Fresh from the success of the Viva Palestina aid convoy which took over 100 vehicles to Gaza from Britain, George Galloway MP has linked up on his US tour with the Vietnam veteran and peace campaigner Ron Kovic to launch a similar, but bigger venture from the States.

Galloway announced the initiative at a 1000-strong meeting in Anaheim, South California, rounding off a packed-out, coast to coast speaking tour highlighting the Palestinian cause. (You can watch youtube video at )

“There’s a new atmosphere in the US over Palestine,” says Galloway, “the phenomenal response to this tour demonstrates that.”

Ron Kovic, whose story was immortalised in Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July, will be the co-leader of the convoy, which will form up in Egypt and make its way to the Rafah crossing and into Gaza.

Organisers are aiming for 500 vehicles and $10 million of aid.

“And what better day to head off,” says Galloway, “Than July 4 – Independence Day!”

For further information contact Kevin Ovenden: 07983 360 874

His statement from Santa Clara, April 5:


At 11:03 AM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

Are they going to bring in $10 million in cash or $10 million worth of supplies? I hope it is the latter, since with cash you never know what Hamas will use it for.

At 12:48 PM, Blogger Gert said...


Supplies. Like the original convoy.

At 5:45 PM, Blogger Gert said...

But cash to Gaza will be needed too, inevitably. Lest you advocate starving an entire people (including children) as punishment for voting Hamas, of couse...


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