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Friday, July 08, 2011

Another flotilla on the way

There's yet another flotilla headed our way, this time from South Africa (Hat Tip: Russell H).
3.3 SAMWU sends well wishes to the historic Africa 1 Aid Convoy

Tahir Sema, SAMWU National Spokesperson, 7 July 2011

SAMWU has sent its well wishes to the Africa 1 Aid Convoy, which is to set sail and travel by land to the besieged land of Palestine on the 14th of July, bearing much needed aid and medical supplies.

The African continent will witness the historic crossing of the first land-based humanitarian aid relief convoy that will journey from Cape Town, South Africa, to the besieged and occupied Palestinian territory of Gaza. The Africa 1 Aid Convoy, an initiative spearheaded by the South African based Al-Quds Foundation and supported by a host of well-wishing civil society organizations and charities will aim to gather support and spread awareness about the plight of the Palestinian people, as it journeys through Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Egypt and finally into Gaza.

The convoy is expected to carry a range of humanitarian material as determined by the people of Gaza. This will be made up of electrical generators, medical supplies, water detoxification units, stationery, and educational material and left hand drive vehicles.

As the General Secretary of our federation Comrade Zwelinzima Vavi said, at the COSATU Central Committee held this month; "We have a moral and political duty to the people of Palestine and not those who howl at us daily for standing on the side of justice. It is immoral to be neutral when justice is on trial."

SAMWU's Central Executive Committee meeting in June 2010 urged and we continue to urge all unions and civil society organisations to join in crucial campaigns in support of the people of Palestine and also to take whatever action they can, to further isolate Israeli Apartheid. SAMWU believes that we must be a positive part of the solution to the terrible humanitarian catastrophe that faces the Palestinian people.
Not only is Gaza not 'besieged' or 'occupied,' it is also richer than any of the countries through which that convoy is passing. Maybe someone in Darfur will realize that, raid the convoy and hand out the material to the local population.

What could go wrong?

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At 3:02 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

It will take a long time... and they'll have offload their goods in El Arish or through the Rafah Crossing. What they won't get is a confrontation with Israel. Gaza is incidentally, one of the least deprived places on earth.

At 4:44 PM, Blogger HaShaliach said...

People are blinded by their perceptions of reality. Should they travel through a true refugee camp, such as might be found in the Sudan, then visit a mall and stay in grand hotels in Gaza and relax at the beach, they will still not see 'reality'. They will most likely remark at how courageous those people in Gaza are, and what they have been able to accomplish in spite of the Israeli "occupation and apartheid practices". /sigh/

At 5:04 PM, Blogger HaShaliach said...

In a previous comment I implied that the reality of a refugee camp in the Sudan should be compared to the advertized suffering of the people living in the territory of Gaza. Sorry! Gaza is not a refugee camp. The comparison was meant to illustrate the reality those in true need, as opposed to those who's 'great need' is manufactured for political purposes.


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