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category international | rights, freedoms and repression | feature author Thursday January 07, 2010 04:21author by Fintan Lane - IPSC media officer Report this post to the editors

Siege is broken!

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has received word from the Irish participants on the Viva Palestina aid convoy that they crossed the border at Rafah and arrived in Gaza shortly after 7pm (Irish time). This is exactly one month after the convoy set off on its journey and despite concerted efforts by Egypt to obstruct its progress.

Galloway interview on Al Jazeera

According to Tyrone man John Hurson in a text sent at 7.40pm, "We arrived in Gaza 30 minutes ago to one amazing welcome. The excitement is incredible. It is good to be home again and meet all my friends. Beautiful feeling." John Hurson had also participated in the previous Viva Palestina aid convoy to Gaza.

Among those interviewed on the video are the Irish participants from Derry. The Derry members of the convoy are J.J. Crockett, Enna O Donghaile, Eddie McBride, Derek McChrystal and Danny Doyle.

Freda Hughes, spokesperson for the IPSC, said, "The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign sends its congratulations to all those who participated in the convoy. It was a long, hard journey, but they made it. It was a brave effort and some of them were physically attacked by the Egyptian police along the way. The obstruction of the convoy by the Egyptian authorities was shameful and the attack on members of the convoy last night was an absolute disgrace, but we are glad to see that most of the humanitarian aid has finally reached its destination, where it is badly needed."

She continued, "It is especially appropriate that the siege of Gaza has been broken by this convoy at this time, which is exactly 12 months since the Israeli massacre in which 1,400 Palestinians were brutally killed. It is important to remember that more than 300 of those victims were children. We are also conscious that the Israeli blockade of Gaza continues and its impact is primarily on the civilian population. People in Gaza continue to suffer horribly. The Israeli siege of Gaza must end now."

There were 10 Irish participants on the convoy, from both north and south of the border, and three vehicles from Ireland.

Among those in Gaza at present are John Hurson from Tyrone, Kate O'Sullivan from Cork, and Dave Carroll, also from Cork. Dave Carroll was injured and required stiches following last night's attack on the convoy in El-Arish by Egyptian riot police.

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Bravo to all concerned     Sean Clinton    Wed Jan 06, 2010 22:23 
   Congratulations to brave activists     Raymond Deane    Wed Jan 06, 2010 22:37 
   I'm moved to tears..     FSB!    Thu Jan 07, 2010 01:37 
   Heartfelt thanks from Seattle     annepaxton - Voices of Palestine    Thu Jan 07, 2010 02:38 
   Great news     Miriam Cotton    Thu Jan 07, 2010 13:10 
   Well done!     Fred Johnston    Thu Jan 07, 2010 14:45 
   Ross was lost     Damien    Thu Jan 07, 2010 17:48 
   Comhghairdeas! Great news, well done to all!     Jacqueline Fallon    Thu Jan 07, 2010 21:26 
   Thousands of left-wing and peace activists marched in Tel Aviv     Malachy Steenson    Fri Jan 08, 2010 13:04 
 10   Irish humanitarians safely out of Gaza as Israeli air-strikes kill 3 Palestinians     Kev    Fri Jan 08, 2010 16:48 
 11   Heros     is mise le meas    Sat Jan 09, 2010 21:07 
 12   Depends on what you mean by...     FSB!    Sat Jan 09, 2010 23:33 
 13   Gaza trip     Aidan OSullivan    Mon Jan 11, 2010 17:14 
 14   Acknowledged by the state!?     john    Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:36 
 15   50 MPs to enter Gaza     Aidan OSullivan    Tue Jan 12, 2010 22:08 
 16   Jan 18 action at EDO/Brighton -arms supplier to the bombing of Gaza     Smash EDO    Mon Jan 18, 2010 18:41 
 17   Israel would be delighted if Egypt threw open its borders with Gaza     John W    Wed Jan 20, 2010 14:17 
 18   Childers calls for talks with Hamas     Aidan OSullivan    Thu Jan 21, 2010 09:22 

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