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Gaza Relief Convoy Campaign Is Gaining Momentum


The Gaza Relief Convoy campaign is gaining momentum

It's not yet too late to make a donation earmarked for "Gaza Convoy Jan. 2008" to:
Gush Shalom p.o.b. 3322 Tel Aviv 61033 Israel

In the U.S., Canada, U.K., Holland and Germany tax-exempted donations can be made for the Gaza Relief Convoy through charities which will pass it on to Gush Shalom - write to correspondence_AT_gush-shalom_DOT_org for the details.

It is very rewarding to see our efforts supported by concerned people sending contributions from near and far, but we still need more.

We decided to concentrate on buying waterfilters - water filters being desperately needed:

The lack of fuel has severely damaged the provision of drinking water, and the people have to make do with extremely bad quality water. Therefore there is an enormous need for water filters, but there aren't anymore - they are 'blacklisted' as part of the collective punishment by the Israeli government.

Though we assume you know about the situation of the one and half millions inhabitants of Gaza, we add a link to a Dec 19,2007 Sky news video, which gives some sharp insight in daily life under siege.
http://video.news.sky.com/skynews/video/?&videoSourceID=1297593&flashURL=/fe%20eds/skynews/latest/flash/gaza_kids_P19324.flv

Another important reason why to buy water filters: they won't deteriorate if our struggle to get them into Gaza would take some time.

By coming on Saturday January 26 with a truckload of filters AND a lot of Israeli citizens AND (hopefully) a lot of media, AND with the Palestinians waiting for us on the other side of the checkpoint we think we can make it extremely inconvenient for the authorities to refuse us to pass these things on.
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And in the case that they won't let it through to begin with, we will continue to campaign, and hopefully all the international donors will then protest - by phone and fax and snail mail and through the embassies worldwide - until the convoy is let through. It looks as if with such a basic necessity we would also stand a good chance with the Supreme Court on this matter.

The water filters will ultimately get to Gaza, however hard we may have to struggle for it.

As a result of it all, we hope also to have raised the awareness about the Gaza plight.

The list of Israeli sponsors so far:

Gush Shalom * Coalition of Women for Peace * Combatants for Peace * Committee Against House Demolitions * New Profile * Hadash * Balad * Adalah * Tarabut /Hitahbrut * Alternative Information Center * Bat Shalom * Anarchists Against the Wall * Physicians for Human Rights-Israel * Follow-Up Committee of the Arab Population in Israel * Psychoactive

Gazan partner:

End the Siege Campaign

ENDS

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