[QODLink]
Middle East
'Fighting to break the Gaza siege'
UK politician tells Al Jazeera why aid convoy destined for Gaza must be allowed to proceed.
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2009 18:29 GMT

The aid convoy is destined for Gaza, which is under an Israeli blockade [FILE: GALLO/GETTY]
 

George Galloway, a UK politician who is leading the convoy, tells Al Jazeera why the group must be allowed to proceed:

It was Christmas Day but there was no room at the Inn for the weary travellers.

Turned away by the Arab Republic of Egypt, the 500 members of the Viva Palestina Convoy to Gaza spent Christmas in a car park in Aqaba.

The last time so many Turks, Arabs and British were together in this town they were fighting the first World War against each other.

Now, they are fighting to break through the siege on the Palestinian people in Gaza.

In video

Gaza aid held up in Jordan

There will be time enough afterwards to review everyone's role in the sorry Christmas story but for now I am appealing to anyone and everyone to help us reach Gaza.

Our medicines are in a race against the time of their expiry date and are spoiling in the desert sun, whilst people in Gaza die for the want of them.

The government of Turkey and the respected Premier [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan are trying their best, as is the former prime minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, as well as the wife of the current prime minister in Kuala Lumpur.

I have written to Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan asking her to contact Madame Susan Mubarak who as well as being first lady of Egypt is the head of the Egyptian Red Crescent, to see if it is testosterone that's the problem.

The facts are these: more than 200 trucks and 500 people from 17 different countries gave up their Christmas holidays to try to help one and a half million Arabs and Muslims in Gaza.

We are four hours away, across the Red Sea from approaching Rafah.

An Arab government will not allow us. The question is: What are 300 million Arabs going to do about this continued slow, quiet massacre of their brothers behind the wire?

Source:
Al Jazeera
Featured on Al Jazeera
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Colleagues of detained Al Jazeera journalists press demands for their release, 100 days after their arrest in Egypt.
Mehdi Hasan discusses online freedoms and the potential of the web with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
A tight race seems likely as 814 million voters elect leaders in world's largest democracy next week.
Featured
Since independence, Zimbabwe has faced food shortages, hyperinflation - and several political crises.
After a sit-in protest at Poland's parliament, lawmakers are set to raise government aid to carers of disabled youth.
A vocal minority in Ukraine's east wants to join Russia, and Kiev has so far been unable to put down the separatists.
Iran's government has shifted its take on 'brain drain' but is the change enough to reverse the flow?
Deadly attacks on anti-mining activists in the Philippines part of a global trend, according to new report.
join our mailing list