Blocked Gaza Aid Convoy, letter to Egypt

James Armstrong james36armstrong at
Tue Dec 29 22:03:04 GMT 2009

Viva Palestina Convoy changes route
Organisers of Viva Palestina aid convoy, which is trying to reach the Gaza Strip, have now agreed to go via Syria en route for Egypt.

URGENT Video Appeal from Monica of BGLINK part of the Viva Palestina Convoy.

The Viva Palestina aid convoy to Gaza which left London on December 6th has been blocked from entering Egypt, they are held at the Jordanian port of Aqaba. The convoy, which is made up of more than 200+ vehicles, planned to reach Rafah on December 27th.

Contact your MP: and the Egyptian Embassy in London: 020-7499-3304 or around the World:
see full report at

This is what our friend Faysal Mikdadi wrote to the Egyptian 
consul general and many others regarding the imposition of conditions on the Viva Palestina convoy - how to use facts clearly and pointedly.  

Thank you so much, Faysal.
 Original Message -----From: FHM481812 at 

To: consular at 
Cc: milibandd at ; nickclegg at 
; information.cairo at ; UsConGenJerusalem at ; lornalow at ; info at ; info at 
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 11:13 AM
Subject: Aid Convoy to Gaza from Dr F H Mikdadi


Dr Faysal H 
Mikdadi FRSA  

Your Excellency, 

I am writing to urge your assistance to 
ensure that the people of Gaza receive the medical aid which British and 
European citizens have worked hard to provide for the Palestinian people 
suffering under Israeli siege in the Gaza Strip. 

We understand that the Egyptian 
government is imposing conditions on the Viva Palestina / Palestine Solidarity 
Convoy of 210 aid vehicles which make it impossible for them to leave Aqaba to 
deliver the ambulances packed with medical aid and the aid trucks with food and 
educational materials.

As you may be aware, Viva Palestina is a UK 
registered charity that was formed earlier this year to provide humanitarian 
relief for the people of Gaza. The two previous convoys, which entered Gaza 
via Eqypt in March and February this year, successfully delivered hundreds of 
tonnes of desperately needed aid through the Rafah crossing. 

Falk, UN Special Rapporteur stated on 18.12.09: “Two urgent priorities must be stressed on this dismal 
anniversary: first, Israel’s allies must demand, with a commitment reinforced by 
a credible threat of economic sanctions, that Israel immediately end its illegal 
blockade of the Gaza Strip. Second, the Goldstone Report’s 
recommendations, having confirmed the commission of war crimes 
possibly amounting to Crimes Against Humanity, by Israel and Hamas, must be 
fully and swiftly implemented.” 

Alas, the Egyptian government appears 
to be aiding Israel’s blockade of Gaza . 

We appeal to you to convey our demand 
to the Egyptian authorities that the convoy be allowed to travel to Gaza through 
Egypt and to the Rafah crossing to show the Palestinian people there that they 
are not forgotten by people of conscience across the world. 
Thank you for reading this 
e-mail. I do hope that you will make the necessary representations to your 
government to ensure that the blockade is lifted forthwith. 
Yours sincerely,
Dr Faysal H 
Mikdadi FRSA LI
One Cedar Road
Charlton Down
Dorset DT2 

Telephone: 01305 213 702
Mobile: 07971 532 409
E-mail: fhm481812 at

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