Gaza Convoy – first press release

The latest press release concerning the convoy to Gaza attended by 4 Warwick students has come out – please, please, please, remember to pester your papers, local politicians and anybody and everybody you know to try and raise awareness of the convoy. Facebook messages, status updates, twitter, emails, blogs, if there is any way you can help to raise awareness, your help would be most appreciated. If you have any friends who you think would also want to help, let them know as well.

You can follow the concoy from its blog website at:

on at the facebok group:

on twitter:

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then enter the email address and send!

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For the Viva Palestina website:

The Press releae

For immediate release: 18/12/2009University of Warwick, Coventry

Four students from the University of Warwick are travelling to the Middle
East as part of an international convoy to break the blockade of Gaza and
deliver aid to its citizens.

Leaving from Folkestone on Saturday 5th December, Warwick finalists Nü De Vrede and Fred Stevens-Smith will drive through Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece and Syria before reaching Cairo in late December. There they will be met by Marie Sophie Pettersson and Katerina Elias-Trostmann, also finalists, who are flying to Cairo from London on Christmas Day.

The convoy will take provisions of food, medicine, educational supplies and other goods to the civilian population. It will also raise international
awareness of the effects of the blockade on the citizens of Gaza. The
vehicle the Warwick students are using has been paid for by a series of
fundraising events on the Warwick Campus, including a booksale and a charity dinner. These events raised over £3,000.

The convoy has been planned by Viva Palestina, an organisation formed in 2009 consisting of volunteers from across the U.K. A similar convoy took place in July 2009 from the U.S.A.

The convoy expect to reach Gaza on the 27th December. This is the first
anniversary of the commencement of the Israeli Operation Cast Lead in which, according to the BBC, about 1,300 Palestinians and 10 Israeli soldiers were killed in three weeks. Three Israeli citizens also died in rocket attacks during the operation.

Once inside Gaza the students will distribute the supplies they have brought from the U.K and on New Years day 2010 they will participate in a freedom march for peace alongside members of Code Pink: Women For Peace.

The convoy will be supported by a team of Warwick Student in the U.K who will regularly report on their progress using social media such as Twitter, Facebook and a blog.

A military blockade of the Gaza strip has been enforced by the Israeli
Defence Force since June 2007. The blockade prevents the free movement of people and restricts imports of essential goods including aid. Amnesty International has described the blockade as a “form of collective punishment of the entire population of Gaza, a flagrant violation of Israel’s obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention.” The United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian territory, Richard Falk, condemned Israel’s siege of Gaza as amounting to a “crime against humanity.”

Notes for Editors:

Friends of Palestine Society, Warwick University will be maintaining a blog
documenting the progress of the convoy:

Follow the Warwick convoy on Twitter:

Viva Palestina website:

Code Pink website:


*Name: *Natasha Lewis-Smith *Tel: *07984525697 *Name: *Sam Playle *Tel: *

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