June 27, 2009

PSC Actions and Events – 25 th July 2009

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PSC Actions and Events
 1. 11 July – national conference in Birmingham ­
Justice for the Palestinians ­ the moral issue of our time
A one-off opportunity to discuss with internationally-renowned speakers ­ including Dr Rita Giacaman, who has pioneered work on Palestinian health and resistance to occupation. She is from the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University, and played a central role in the Lancet’s recent study.
The conference will be discussing 1948 and after ­ the refugee question with Karma Nabulsi and Haim Bresheeth; looking at the reality of Israeli occupation with Prof Manuel Hassassian, Samia Botmeh and Rita Giacaman; and lessons from the Anti-Apartheid Movement with Victoria Brittain.
The final session will focus on taking action ­ with Daniel Machover talking on war crimes, and building boycott, divestment and sanctions with Betty Hunter, Hugh Lanning and Salma Yaqoob.
Book your place NOW! For more details: http://www.palestinecampaign.org/index9b.asp?m_id=1&l1_id=3&l2_id=62&Content_ID=557

 2.  3-5 July ­ PSC Sponsored Walk in Dartmoor

Your chance to meet other activists, get fit and raise money for the PSC! For more details: http://www.palestinecampaign.org/index9b.asp?m_id=1&l1_id=3&l2_id=62&Content_ID=577

 

3. Get involved in your local branch ­ for branch information, go to http://www.palestinecampaign.org/Index5b.asp?m_id=1&l1_id=13&l2_id=56.
If contact details for your branch aren’t there, please email psc.admin@palestinecampaign.org.
And if you are happy for your details to be passed to a local branch, please email psc.admin@palestinecampaign.org and tell us.

 4. Make sure your MP has put their name to Early Day Motions calling for peace and justice ­

 for more details http://www.palestinecampaign.org/Index5b.asp?m_id=1&l1_id=51&l2_id=54

 5. Volunteers needed!

PSC is only able to carry out its vital campaigning work thanks to its volunteers.

If you’d like to volunteer your time over the summer, helping out with the priority campaigns of the PSC, supporting our activities, events or our magazine, Palestine News, contact denis.fernando@palestinecampaign.org or psc.admin@palestinecampaign.org.

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The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) aims to raise public awareness about the occupation of Palestine and the struggle of the Palestinian people. PSC seek to bring pressure on both the British and Israeli government to bring their policies in line with international law.

PSC is an independent, non-governmental and non-party political organisation with members from communities across the UK.

Join PSC today!

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May 12, 2009

URGENT ­ Lieberman in London: Protest Wednesday 13 May 09 10.30am Foreign Office

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AVIGDOR LIEBERMAN, ISRAEL’S OPENLY RACIST FOREIGN MINISTER, IS COMING TO LONDON to meet the British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband and the Shadow Foreign Secretary, William Hague, as part of his bid to strengthen ties between Europe and Israel

PROTEST AGAINST ISRAEL’S RACIST FOREIGN MINISTER

WEDNESDAY 13 MAY 10.30AM – 12.00 NOON

FOREIGN OFFICE, WHITEHALL, LONDON

Protest called by Stop the War Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, British Muslim Initiative, CND, Palestinian Forum in Britain.

JOIN US to show our disgust at the government’s willingness to meet with Israeli warmongers. During Israel’s bombing and invasion of Gaza, Avigdor Lieberman threatened action ‘just like the United States did with the Japanese in World War II’, when the US used nuclear bombs to obliterate two cities. He has called for the execution of elected Arab members of Israel’s parliament if they have any contact with Hamas, and threatened the expulsion of Palestinian citizens of Israel.

In February this year he said: “If you want peace, you must prepare for war.”

For more information on Lieberman: http://electronicintifada.net/bytopic/people/658.shtml

DEMONSTRATION: SATURDAY 16 MAY IN LONDON:

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Saturday 16 May – national demonstration

Remember Gaza – End the Siege Now! End Israeli occupation – Free Palestine

Assemble 12 noon Malet Street – Rally in Trafalgar Square

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The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) aims to raise public awareness about the occupation of Palestine and the struggle of the Palestinian people. PSC seek to bring pressure on both the British and Israeli government to bring their policies in line with international law. PSC is an independent, non-governmental and non-party political organisation with members from communities across the UK. Join PSC today!

Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Box BM PSA
London
WC1N 3XX

Tel:   020 7700 6192
Fax:  020 7609 7779

Email: info@palestinecampaign.org

Web: www.palestinecampaign.org

April 29, 2009

Remember Gaza… End the Siege now! – Free Palestine! National Demo May 16 2009

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Remember Gaza… End the Siege now! – Free Palestine! National Demonstration 16 May London

With a growing number of supporting organisations, listed in the e-flyer below, we want to ask all members and supporters to help mobilise for the national demonstration on May 16.

Please make sure to circulate the e-flyer below to all you friends, colleagues and other contacts asking them to circulate it…

We have plenty more material available in the PSC office: stickers, leaflets and posters.. contact us to receive some more..

Volunteers needed We are looking for volunteers on the day, to make sure the demonstration will be safe and successful. Please contact us if you are able to help stewarding the demonstration: email info@palestinecampaign.org or call 02077006192.

Thank you for helping us making this demonstration a massive show of support for the Palestinian people.

Free Palestine! National Demonstration Saturday 16 May 2009

Assembling 12 noon in Malet Street, London WC1

Rally in Trafalgar Square

Free Palestine — End Israeli Occupation — End the Arms trade

JOIN US TO MAKE THIS THE BIGGEST DEMONSTRATION FOR PALESTINE IN THE UK

Called by: Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, British Muslim Initiative, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Palestinian Forum in Britain

Supported by: Action Palestine, Amos Trust, Arab Media Watch, Association of Palestinian Communities UK, Britain-Palestine Twinning Network, The Council for Arab-British Understanding, Campaign Against the Arms Trade, Christian Peacemaker Teams UK, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Friends of Lebanon, Friends of Birzeit University, Friends of Sabeel UK, The Green Party, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions UK, Jewish Socialists’ Group, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Labour Friends of Palestine, Liberation, Midlands Palestinian Community Association, Muslim Association of Britain, Muslim Council for Britain, NUS Black Students Campaign, Palestinian Forum in Britain, UNISON, UNITE, Pax Christi, Public and Commercial Services Union, Rail Maritime and Transport Union, Viva Palestina, War on Want, Zaytoun Ltd

Leaflets are available from the PSC office

Please save the date and start organising transport now!

Please contact the PSC office for more information:

Tel: 020 7700 6192

Email: info@palestinecampaign.org

Web: www.palestinecampaign.org

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April 7, 2009

Palestine Solidarity Campaign – Events Update: 7 April 09

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PSC Events Update

 

          Trade Union Conference in Liverpool 18 April

          Remember Gaza – Free Palestine! National Demonstration 16 May

          Sponsored Walk in Dartmoor 4 & 5 July

          PSC Day Conference in Birmingham 11 July

          Other upcoming events

 

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Palestine Solidarity Trade Union Conference

Saturday 18 April

 

Quaker Meeting House,

School Lane, Liverpool  L1 3BT

 

Registration, stalls, photos 10.00

Conference    11.00 – 4.00

 

A crèche will be available.

 Speakers include: Sameh Habeeb, photojournalist: Gaza eyewitness report, Manawel Abdel-Al, Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU), Eamon McMahon (Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign), Greg Dropkin (Liverpool Friends of Palestine)

 

Organised by: Liverpool Friends of Palestine and Merseyside Association of Trades Union Councils

 Fees: Branch delegates £10; individuals £5/3 (concession low-waged/unemployed) Lunch: Middle eastern (mainly) food available at a small cost

 

Contact for more info/ email: tbnw16268@blueyonder.co.uk

 

Remember Gaza – Free Palestine!

National Demonstration 16 May 2009

National demonstration – Saturday 16 May, assembling 12noon in Central London

Free Palestine

End Israeli Occupation

End the Arms trade

Called by: Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, British Muslim Initiative and Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Leaflets are available from the office – please save the date and start organising transport now!

Please contact the PSC office for more information:

 Tel:   020 7700 6192

Email: info@palestinecampaign.org

 

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PSC Sponsored Walk 2009

 

In Postbridge, Dartmoor in Devon

 

Friday 3rd July to Sunday 5th July 2009

 

Join us for the annual PSC sponsored walk, this year again in a wonderful location: Dartmoor in Devon.

 Please register with the PSC office now and start raising the funds for this years campaign for Palestinian rights.

 We have booked a youth Hostel exclusively for our group. A basic joining fee will cover accommodation, meals and other costs.

 There will be a range of walks available for various abilities, and there will be a social event with music and BBQ on the Saturday night.

 As well as raising much needed funds, this is a chance to meet other PSC supporters over a fun weekend. Sign up now!

 Email: psc.admin@palestinecampaign.org Tel: 02077006192

 

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Palestine Solidarity Campaign

 

Day Conference in Birmingham

 

Saturday 11 July 2009

 

Keep this date free for a wonderful opportunity to hear speakers on the

key issues for supporters of Palestine including:

 

• 1948 and after — ethnic cleansing and the refugees

 • The Reality of Occupation: Politics, Economy, Health, Education, Land

 • Lessons from the Anti Apartheid Movement

 Confirmed speakers: Karma Nabulsi, Rita Giacaman, Samia Botmeh, Daniel Machover, Victoria Brittain..

 More details to be announced very soon.

 

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Other upcoming events:

 

Please check the PSC website for more events and actions around the UK.

 

www.palestinecampaign.org

  

Including:

          Charity Crafty fair for Gaza 19 April London

         Screening of Route 181, Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel, 21 April, Hackney/London

         The 10th London Palestine Film Festival 24 April to 8 may at Barbican and SOAS

         Le Trio Joubran – Wales Tour 2 to 10th May

         Camden War Crimes Tribunal on Israel’s attack on Gaza 9 may

 And many more..

 

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The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) aims to raise public awareness about the occupation of Palestine and the struggle of the Palestinian people. PSC seek to bring pressure on both the British and Israeli government to bring their policies in line with international law. PSC is an independent, non-governmental and non-party political organisation with members from communities across the UK. Join PSC today!

  

Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Box BM PSA
London
WC1N 3XX

Tel:   020 7700 6192
Fax:  020 7609 7779

Email: info@palestinecampaign.org

Web: www.palestinecampaign.org

 

 

 

January 24, 2009

24 January 2009 – BBC/Gaza Rally. Tony Benn’s Speech outside the BBC

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Embargo: 1.30 pm, Saturday 24 January 2009

Press Release

THE RT HON TONY BENN SPEAKING AT A MEETING OUTSIDE THE BBC BROADCASTING HOUSE, PORTLAND PLACE, SAID THIS AFTERNOON [SAT JAN 24]:

“The decision of the BBC to refuse to broadcast a national humanitarian appeal for Gaza, which has left aid agencies with a potential shortfall of millions of pounds in donations, is a betrayal of the obligation which it owes as a public service.

“The destruction in Gaza and the loss of the lives of over a thousand civilians and children, has shocked the world as Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki Moon, made clear, when he saw the devastation for himself.

“The human suffering that the people of Gaza has experienced over the last few weeks has appalled people who have seen it for themselves on their television screens.

“To deny the help that the aid agencies and the UN need at this moment in time is incomprehensible and it follows the bias in BBC reporting of this crisis, which has been widely criticised.

“I appeal to the Chairman of the BBC Trust to intervene to reverse this decision to save the lives of those who are now in acute danger of dying through a lack of food, fuel, water and medical supplies.

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Stop the War Coalition on behalf of the Coalition’s President, Tony Benn

0207 229 0779

0794 110 2163

23 January 2009 Fredi Kanoute and a goal for Gaza

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A GOAL FOR GAZA

Star footballer Fredi Kanoute, now playing in Spain but formerly of Tottenham Hotspur, celebrated scoring a goal last Saturday by lifting his shirt to reveal a T-shirt with the word Palestine blazoned across it.

He was booked by the referee and fined 3000 Euros. Spain prohibits players from displaying religious or political messages on the pitch.

See video of Kanoute’s goal for Gaza here: http://tinyurl.com/bmh4q8

23 January 2009 – Student Occupations for gaza

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WAVE OF STUDENT OCCUPATIONS FOR GAZA

There has been an extraordinary wave of student occupations in solidarity with Gaza in universities and colleges across Britain — in London, Oxford, Sussex, Warwick, Kingston and elsewhere. (See Guardian report here: http://tinyurl.com/d6r8u4)

Among the students’ demands are a call for aid to be organised for Gaza and for colleges to disinvest in arm companies which supply Israel.

The occupations in SOAS, the London School of Economics and Essex have all been victorious in winning these demands.

Other occupations are demanding that old computers and text books are sent to Gaza to replace those that have been destroyed. At Kings College, the students are occupying to demand the rescinding of the honorary doctorate awarded to Shimon Peres, the president of Israel. At Oxford, the students want a series of lectures by Peres cancelled.

SEND MESSAGES OF SUPPORT Five website have been set up by students involved in the occupations for Gaza, through which you can send messages of support.

LSE: http://lseoccupation.blogspot.com/

KINGS: http://kcloccupation.blogspot.com/

SUSSEX: http://sussexoccupation.blogspot.com/

WARWICK: http://warwicksolidaritysitin.wordpress.com/

OXFORD: http://occupiedoxford.wordpress.com/

JOIN THE OCCUPATIONS FOR GAZA CAMPAIGN If you are a student in a college or school and want advice on how you can join the occupation campaign in solidarity with Gaza, call 020 7278 6694.

We will then put you in touch with students already organising occupations. There will be a discussion of the student occupation campaign at the national activists meeting in London this Saturday (see below for details). Representatives from the university and college occupations have been invited to attend.

23 January 09 BBC Blocks Aid to Gaza Appeal Update. The Government complains to the BBC and you should too

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URGENT REQUEST TO ALL STOP THE WAR’S SUPPORTERS

GOVERNMENT COMPLAINS TO BBC FOR BLOCKING GAZA APPEAL

JOIN THE GOVERNMENT’S PROTEST: COMPLAIN NOW TO THE BBC

Stop the War understands that the government has contacted the  BBC to complain about its decision to refuse the broadcasting  of a humanitarian appeal for Gaza.

The BBC’s decision will prevent the raising of millions of   pounds in emergency aid being sent to Gaza. Stop the War is  demanding that the exchange between the government and the BBC  be made public immediately. The BBC says it is blocking the emergency appeal “to avoid any risk of compromising public confidence in the BBC’s   “impartiality”, as if this has anything to do with   humanitarian aid for a devastated people.

Either they need the aid or they do not. This is the first time in the 48 years of similar national appeals for humanitarian aid that a broadcast has been refused. It is estimated that £10 million of urgently required  aid will not now be sent to help Palestinians in Gaza, living in catastrophic conditions.

“This is a betrayal of the BBC’s obligation to be a public service,” said Tony Benn, President of Stop the War. “To deny the help that the aid agencies and the UN need is incomprehensible.”

It is imperative that the BBC responds to the government’s   complaint and reverses its decision to refuse this broadcast.    If it does not, we will see people in Gaza continue to suffer   due to being denied emergency relief because of BBC   “impartiality” .

Stop the War urges all its supporters to complain to the BBC.

We must mobilise all the pressure we can to get the BBC to   reverse its decision.

TO COMPLAIN TO THE BBC

PHONE: 03700 100 222

TEXT: 03700 100 212

ONLINE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/

BRING CHILDREN’S DOLLS TO THE BBC

If you are coming to demonstration on Saturday 24 January,   which assembles outside Broadcasting House, we are asking   protestors to bring children’s dolls, wrapped if possible in   white shrouds, to be laid on the steps of the BBC, as a   memorial to the hundreds of children who died in Israel’s   attacks and as an act of solidarity with the Palestinians in   Gaza, now denied urgently needed aid by the BBC.

DEMONSTRATE FOR GAZA: SATURDAY 24 JANUARY

END THE BLOCKADE: STOP ALL ARMS SALES  BRING THE WAR CRIMINALS TO JUSTICE

Assemble 2.00pm BBC Broadcasting House for rally   Portland Place, London W1A 1AA

Nearest tubes: Great Portland Street or Regents park.

March starts at 3.00 pm. Ends with rally in Trafalgar Square   4.30 pm.

BRING CHILDEN’S DOLLS WRAPPED IN WHITE SHROUDS TO LAY ON THE   STEPS OF THE BBC BRING SHOES WITH MESSAGES TO GORDON BROWN INSIDE TO DELIVER AS  WE MARCH PAST DOWNING STREET

Instead of banning all arms trade with Israel and breaking all  diplomatic relations, Brown has offered to send the British navy to help Israel tighten its blockade on Gaza.

MARCH ROUTE:   Assemble and rally Portland Place, March to Regent Street,   Piccadilly, Lower Regent Street, Trafalgar Square,   Northumberland Avenue, Embankment, Parliament, Downing Street,   Trafalgar Square (End rally)

STOP THE WAR COALITION   NEWSLETTER   No. 1078  23 January 2009   Email office@stopwar.org.uk   Tel: 020 7278 6694   Web: http://www.stopwar.org.uk

23 January 2009 BBC Blocks Aid to Gaza Appeal

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BBC BLOCKS AID TO GAZA: PROTEST 24 JANUARY

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BBC BLOCKS AID TO GAZA: PROTEST

24 JANUARY BRING DOLLS TO LAY OUTSIDE THE BBC BRING SHOES WITH A MESSAGE FOR GORDON BROWN

If the BBC was not tarnished enough by its coverage of Israel’s attack on Gaza — in the words of Tony Benn, “often looking like a propaganda wing of the Zionist lobby” — its decision yesterday to block an appeal for emergency aid to Gaza would be reason enough for making the BBC a focus of our demonstration on Saturday 24 January.

While the media is now saturated with reports showing the scale of Israel’s barbarism over the past three weeks and the humanitarian disaster it has created, and while the United Nations, the Red Cross and all the other aid organisations involved are saying that immediate emergency aid must be rushed to Gaza, the BBC has blocked a joint appeal by a wide range of organisations from being broadcast after all the main news programmes on every TV channel.

These emergency appeals to populations in desperate need of aid have been organised frequently in the past 48 years and not once in that time has one been blocked. It is agreed by all the channels that a decision to support an aid appeal must be unanimous among the broadcasters and so the BBC’s decision not to agree scuppered the whole aid appeal, which it is estimated would have raised at least £10 million — aid which would have been used immediately to help Palestinians in Gaza, now barely surviving in catastrophic conditions.

One in six buildings have been destroyed or badly damaged by Israel’s bombs and missiles, many dead are buried underneath and still being dug out, the country’s infrastructure has been destroyed, one million people have no electricity, half a million people have no access to clean running water, the hospitals are crammed with people who have suffered horrific injuries without enough basic medical supplies for them to get the treatment they need.

A spokesperson for the organisations which wanted to broadcast the prime time appeal, said, “Agencies are already providing food, drugs and blankets as well as delivering clean water. But we will soon reach the limit of what we can do, without more money.”

And the BBC’s response? “The decision was made because of question marks about the delivery of aid in a volatile situation and also to avoid any risk of compromising public confidence in the BBC’s impartiality in the context of news story.” This has nothing to do with “impartiality” – the appeal was for humanitarian aid to a devastated people. How can you be “impartial” about that? Either these people need the aid or they don’t.

We have seen throughout these weeks of barbarism how Israel’s spin machine has been indulged by the BBC in particular. We know, as the Guardian reported two weeks ago, that the BBC management instructed its journalists to enable this to happen. The result was Israeli spokespersons given frequent opportunity to justify mass slaughter, including the deaths of over 400 children.

Our demonstration on Saturday assembles outside BBC Broadcasting House.

To register our disgust at the BBC’s capitulation to Israel’s manipulation and intimidation of the media, we are asking protestors to bring children’s dolls, wrapped if possible in white shrouds, to be laid on the steps of the BBC, as a memorial to the hundreds of children who died and as an act of solidarity with the Paletinians in Gaza denied urgently needed aid because of BBC “impartiality”.

DEMONSTRATE FOR GAZA: SATURDAY 24 JANUARY END THE BLOCKADE: STOP ALL ARMS SALES BRING THE WAR CRIMINALS TO JUSTICE Assemble 2.00pm BBC Broadcasting House for rally Portland Place, London W1A 1AA Nearest tubes: Great Portland Street or Regents park. March starts at 3.00 pm. Ends with rally in Trafalgar Square 4.30 pm.

BRING CHILDEN’S DOLLS WRAPPED IN WHITE SHROUDS TO LAY ON THE STEPS OF THE BBC BRING SHOES WITH MESSAGES TO GORDON BROWN INSIDE TO DELIVER AS WE MARCH PAST DOWNING STREET

Instead of banning all arms trade with Israel and breaking all diplomatic relations, Brown has offered to send the British navy to help Israel tighten its blockade on Gaza.

MARCH ROUTE: Assemble and rally Portland Place, March to Regent Street, Piccadilly, Lower Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, Northumberland Avenue, Embankment, Parliament, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square (End rally)

Email office@stopwar.org.uk Tel: 020 7278 6694 Web: http://www.stopwar.org.uk

A Lifeline from Britain to Gaza – The Viva Palestina aid convoy

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A LIFELINE FROM BRITAIN TO GAZA

A Lifeline for Gaza aid convoy will leave Britain on Saturday 14 February 2009.

It has been initiated by George Galloway MP, who writes: We will not look away. The Palestinians in Gaza need our help now, just as they did when Israel’s bombs and illegal weapons were dropping. Thousands of people have contacted me to say that they have marched, cried at the television pictures and feel helpless in the face of the suffering.

That’s why I have launched a major initiative in response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. I will be leading an aid convoy from London to Gaza leaving on 14 February and travelling through France, Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and through Rafah and into Gaza.

It will bring material aid and raise the banner of Palestine in all the countries that we visit. The convoy will be led by a British fire engine, ambulances, and many trucks full of practical aid given by the various communities in Britain.

FOR FULL DETAILS OF THE AID CONVOY, SEE THE VIVA PALESTINA WEBSITE: http://www.vivapalestina.org/

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