Sixth Gaza land aid is planned

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY JESSICA ELGOT

PRO-PALES­TINIAN AC­TIVISTS Viva Palestina are to at­tempt to send a sixth land con­voy to Gaza.

The UK-based group, whose founders in­clude for­mer Re­spect MP Ge­orge Gal­loway, said it hoped to per­suade the tran­si­tional authorities in Egypt to al­low free move­ment of peo­ple and goods through the Rafah cross­ing.

In March, Viva Palestina an­nounced it would no longer take part in flotil­las to Gaza, be­cause the risk in­volved con­flicted with its char­i­ta­ble sta­tus.

This time the group aims to de­part from Lon­don in Novem­ber and ar­rive on De­cem­ber 27, on the an­niver­sary of the Is­raeli of­fen­sive in Gaza in 2009.

A spokesman said: “At this time of year, the world’s Chris­tian com­mu­ni­ties and many oth­ers are par­tic­u­larly fo­cused on Jerusalem and the cri­sis fac­ing the in­hab­i­tants of that an­cient city will also be part of our mes­sage.”

Last year the Char­ity Com­mis­sion crit­i­cised Viva Palestina for claim­ing to have raised more than £1mil­lion for Gaza through its con­voy, when the true fig­ure was just £180,000. But it cleared the char­ity af­ter it was ac­cused of do­nat­ing £25,000 to Ha­mas. The Com­mis­sion said that the do­na­tion had been a per­sonal one from Mr Gal­loway.

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