Monthly Archives: January 2010

Palestine a Humanatarian Cause

Interviews with Jordanian supporters of VP (and 1 Bristolian!) via Aramram TV

Boycott

 

Why Boycott Israel?

The Palestinian people are experiencing their 42nd year of military occupation. The siege by the Israeli army and the economic blockade have devastated their daily lives so that ‘normal’ life is impossible.

Israel operates an entrenched system of racial Apartheid against its own non-Jewish inhabitants and has been illegally occupying Palestinian land in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights since 1967. It has sought to further annex these lands and has systematically transferred its own civilian population into these occupied territories in contravention of international law. Israel continues to build the illegal Apartheid wall, annexing vast swathes of Palestinian land in the West Bank and creating Palestinian ghettos, despite the ruling of the International Court of Justice that it is illegal.

180 Palestinian organisations and unions, in response to Israeli onslaught, have called for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Apartheid Israel

For more info: http://www.bigcampaign.org/

Viva IHH

Asalamu Alaykum wr wb

Alhumdulillah after much worry and anxiety we arrived safely in Istanbul. Subhanallah it feels like war, when traveling from Hostile territory to friendly territory. There was a reception for us outside the airport with media coverage and people who came to welcome us back. All the brothers who the Egyptians tried so hard to detain all made it on the plane.

The feeling of worry and helplessness was apparent on the faces of those who the Egyptians tried to detain. The Egyptians claimed they’d lost their passports, the amount of times they have done this countless. Upon hearing this the head of the Turkish contingency immediately got in contact with the Turkish foreign office so they can issue some emergency travel documents. Within 15 minutes they were there at the airport with the documents. However the British foreign office did not show up until hours later. The lack of urgency and support from the British has been clear throughout, and although being informed that they would be present upon arrival was not true.

Again it’s been amazing traveling with the Turks, and their organisation, manners, respect, commitment and dedication has been an eye opener for us and has caused our opinion of the Turks to change for the better. I would also advice the brothers and sisters to check out their organisation and the scale of the projects they have over taken throughout the world.

InshAllah many brothers are returning back to the U.K tomorrow, hopefully the weather won’t too bad so we don’t get delayed. May Allah make our journey safe and hassle free.

Bravery at all times….

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever of you sees an evil deed should change it with his hand [by acting], or if he cannot do that, then with his tongue [by speaking out], or if he cannot do that, then with his heart – and that is the weakest of faith.”

(Sahih Muslim)

Brave, young man speaks out against Egyptian police after Viva Palestina convoy was attacked and many members of the convoy were arrested and seriously wounded.

Inside Story

Al Jazeera Inside Story: The Politicas behind the Viva Palestina Convoy

George Galloway’s Viva Palestina convoy finally arrived in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday with a cargo of activists and humanitarian aid. Their month-long journey was marked by diplomatic tensions, enforced changes of route, and in the final hours, violent clashes with Egyptian security forces. So was it worth it and could it have been handled differently?

On the move

Assalamu alaykum wr wb

All have been given their passports back and we are not on the move, 300 of the convoy members will be flying to Istanbul shortly. Unfortunately, the kuwaiti, malaysian and american, who were arrested in egypt during the riots, decided not to come on the same flight as us, we advised them to stick together, but for various reasons, possibly to save money they decided to take another flight. As far am I am aware they have been held again and there is nothing we can do as they chose to go their own way. Many of us don’t need to go to Istanbul first, but we are doing so for safety because the IHH have political power and we will be less vulnerable in a large group.

I will keep you posted as much as possible, wasalaam.

Staying Put.

Asalamu Alaykum wr wb We’re still in the airport waiting to board our flight, it’s literally taking hours as the Egyptians are trying to keep hold of some passports. It’s the same trick they play every time, they allow people to go by handing out their passports, and out of pure relief they forget about those who are left behind. Once everyone has left, they then keep behind those they wish to question and as you can imagine they’ll be in a state of vulnerability, being on their own.

 The IHH who have organised the flight, are refusing to leave any members behind. Throughout the journey the IHH have shown strong leadership and responsibility. Majority of the time the IHH have had the lead role in keeping the convoy together, and if it wasn’t for them, then this convoy would not have made it as far as Gaza. It has been a pleasure  travelling with them, their members have shown upmost respect fot their leader and maintained dignity throughout. They also stood strong agaist the pressure of the Egyptian government especially when defending ourselves against the attack of the Egyptian authorities. The people whose passports have been kept mainly consist of those taken on the day of the attacks. We’re trying to contact the british embassy in Cairo, and see if they are able to get involved. We’ll keep you updated with any progress. JazakumAllah khair

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