Socialist Worker

Diary 5 - Gaza convoy: 'We sail on Sunday!'

by Jim Nichol
Issue No. 2223

Jim Nichol in the cab!

Jim Nichol in the cab!

The fifth Viva Palestina convoy from Britain is nearing Gaza. Human rights lawyer and socialist Jim Nichol reports from the convoy:

Wednesday: A cheer went up when we were told that an agreement had been reached. Sail? The ship has yet to arrive from Cyprus.

A cheer went up when we were told that IHH, the Turkish human rights organisation, had initiated proceedings in the International Criminal Court in The Hague against the Israeli government for the murder or nine men on board the Mavi Marmara.

A cheer went up when we were told of the old, old man who had come to the camp gates this morning. He had heard that we were going to Palestine. He had lived there. His home. He wanted to help. He was poor. He had what he stood up in. He went away. He came back with a packet of biscuits. Could we hand them out? Three cheers.

Leaving: 400 on site. A big clear up job. There are no prima donnas here, only cooperation and goodwill. And who says socialism won't work?

Each vehicle is filled with fuel to full: 150 vehicles,100 litres (average) equals 15,000litres.

This fuel will not have to be dragged through the dangerous tunnels between Egypt and Gaza.

Thursday: There is an agreement .We will sail when we have a ship. No doubt from Budget Ship, Hertz Ship Rental or similar outfit. Maybe we leave Saturday. Further delays once in Egypt are likely.

Lattakia, Friday: The ship that was on standby stood too long. It's off to the Baltic. A new contract was signed at 2am this morning. A ship left Greece bound for Lattakia at 9.30 this morning. Arrives Saturday pm.

We sail Sunday am.

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