Saturday, January 9, 2010
Harper: shake hands with Mubarak
Stephen Harper and Hosni Mubarak share something: both of their governments have deported George Galloway! Certainly, thwarting the humanitarian work of a peace activist is not an honor to share; however, their dastardly methods won't stop Galloway. 139 Viva Palestina trucks carrying mostly medical supplies have finally entered Gaza after a long journey. 59 trucks, however, were confiscated by Egypt. The Viva Palestina convey left England on Dec. 5, crossing the continent, but were denied entry through the Nuweiba port by the Egyptians (although they had had earlier permission), then had to take a lengthy detour/back track through Syria and via a Turkish ship arrived at the Egyptian port of El-Arish. Then they were told they could not pass through Rafah border but had to go through an Israeli border crossing, which of course would have meant that the aid trucks would be denied entrance, hence riots erupted and beatings by Egyptian police and security. Since having crossed into Gaza, 7 have been ordered arrested by the Egyptians for inciting violence.
viva Palestina route maps here