Convoy update: 24th January 2009
pressure on BBC
Gaza worse than Darfur
They already know we are coming
The International Committee of the Red Cross has declared the humanitarian
crisis in Gaza to be worse than Darfur.
Hatem Shurrab, an aid worker in Gaza, says:
"It is only now that we can assess the real damage to Gaza,
as all areas are now accessible.
has said it will cost billions to rebuild Gaza.
is something that aid agencies alone cannot do.
to meet the immediate needs of people, to provide them with food,
water, shelter, medicine and blankets."
It is at just
this time that the BBC is refusing to broadcast an appeal for aid
by the 13-strong group of charities that makes up Disasters Emergency
Relief. Hunge numbers of people have called the BBC to complain
and we urge you to do so on 03700 100 222. So outrageous is the
BBC's position that even government ministers are calling on them
to reconsider. Pressure now can make a difference - Tony Benn, George
Galloway and others were to hand in a letter and lead a protest
at the BBC organised by the Stop the War Coalition today.
The BBC's ban
on aid tells us everything about the massacre of the Palestinians
people in Gaza. It is not some natural disaster. It is politically
driven mass murder.
the convoy has two purposes. First to contribute to the aid effort
that the BBC among others is trying to block. But secondly, it is
to smash the propaganda blockade of Gaza. It is to raise the banner
from London to Egypt of freedom for the Palestinian people. We want
to create the permanent political pressure needed in Britain to
shake the establishment from its pro-Israel bias.
People in Gaza
understand that and are telling us so as they hear of our undertaking.
Please help make it a success.
We now have
21 confirmed vehicles and help coming in from as far afield as Australia