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The convoy that departed from Britain passed through France, Italy, Greece, Istanbul, Ankara, Konya, Adana, and arrived in the city of Gaziantep. It will make its way through Syria, Jordan and finally enter Gaza from Egypt.
A long and exhaustive journey lies before the convoy team that is moving under the banner of “Viva Palestina.” No one is complaining about the long journey, sleeping in sports hall in sleeping bags and modest conditions.
There are people from Turkey, Britain, the United States, France and Italy, namely from diverse ethnicity and language, in the 200-vehicle convoy; however, all have a common goal: to reach Gaza and break the embargo.
The determination of woman drivers in the convoy is quite interesting. Journalist Rada Daniell, 53, and teacher Josephine, 55, are taking two ambulances to Gaza. Daniell has been driving since the convoy departed from London. Asked if she hadn’t got tired after driving for so long, she replied: “Palestinians are tirelessly fighting for six decades. My tiredness is nothing compared to theirs.”
Her fellow traveler Josephine said: “Unfortunately our government is remaining silent. This is an embarrassment for them. We decided to act when our government failed to do so. We purchased two ambulances with the money we raised among ourselves and now we are taking them to the Palestinian people.”
She broke her leg, but resumed journey on wheelchair
Sara Jawhari, 20, had an accident in Konya and broke her leg, but didn’t give up. She is now travelling on a wheelchair. She was born in the United States but she is of Palestinian origin and has relative in Palestine. This is the first time she is visiting Palestine. She studies journalism and is one of the youngest people in the convoy. The US media is always publishing reports that justify Israel, she said. She is trying to do away with this prejudice together with her friends and that is why she has joined the convoy. Upon her return to the US, she will write what she observed in Gaza, inform people around herself and attend meetings regarding this issue.
When we told her “Your leg is broken. Isn’t hard for you to carry on the journey? You can return to the US,” she replied: “I will not give up even if both of my legs were broken.” In other words, everybody has committed themselves to this cause. In every city they visit, convoy participants are asked how they will enter Gaza. However, they keep their hopes high. With Allah’s assistance we will enter Gaza, they say. Everyone is excited and believes they will be able to enter Gaza.
Bülent Yıldırım, president of the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, was impressed by the ardor of the convoy participants. He repeatedly praised the British team in his speeches. “They are doing what we Muslims should be doing. Every Muslim community should learn a lesson from this,” he said.
The convoy will be in Syrian on 20 December.