Road to Hope Convoy Press Release – November 1, 2010

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PRESS RELEASE

1 November 2010

Road to Hope (R2H) Convoy in Positive Dialogue with Egyptian Officials

Access to Gaza via Egypt looking likely

Arriving at the Libyan/Egyptian border on 26 October, 2010, the Road to Hope Convoy continues to wait at the border.   However, over the last two days increasingly positive communications with Egyptian officials gives us reason to be optimistic and the final manifest of vehicles and convoy members has been requested and received by the Egyptian Government in Cairo.  We now await final approval.

“Although the outlook for an expeditious approval to proceed with our mission is likely, we have always been prepared for the ups and downs and challenges that have been commonplace when attempting to deliver aid to Gaza.  If we were to move forward in the next day or two this would be one of the most trouble-free convoys yet.” – Convoy Leader Kieran Turner

“Our chief desire is to continue our journey to Gaza by land as soon as possible and fulfill our mission, nevertheless, we are prepared for any possibility.  Hopefully Egypt maintains its commitment to receiving aid destined for Gaza.  A successful and relatively trouble-free conclusion to our convoy will help to affirm Egypt’s commitment, thus shifting the burden of responsibility to people of conscience to support the people of Palestine in Gaza until the Israeli blockade is completely broken.” – Ken O’Keefe

Of secondary concern are the R2H Convoy participants who are survivors of the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara; they are proven humanitarians and we hope there will be no hindrance in their ability to complete this mission.

Mavi Marmara survivors – Ken O’Keefe (Ireland), Laura Stuart (UK), Ibrahim Musaji (UK), Ali Awasi (UK), Babu Zanghar (UK), Tauqhir Shareef (UK), Sakir Yildrim (UK).

Contacts:

London – Eleanor Merton +44 777 037 6701

Libya / Egypt – Kieran Turner & Ken O’Keefe +21 891 802 0981

Comments(23)

  • Anita
    November 1, 2010, 6:30 pm  

    God Bless you all and prayers for safe passage and return home safely!

  • Brenda
    November 1, 2010, 6:42 pm  

    Thanks for keeping us up to date I am calling the embassy again . Ken I just watched a video of a little girl whos family was murdered by the Israeli Military. What are the chances of someone adopting children from Gaza that have been left with no family to care for them. If you can find that question out for me can you please let me know . I just can not handle these children being put through anymore heartcahe. Its tearing me apart, Anyway i can help I am there for them .. Good luck Ken and everyone on the road to hope. You are appreciated my friends

    • Toby Freeman
      November 1, 2010, 7:55 pm

      Break the siege on Gaza.. Free the people! Unity and love to all the humanitarians on the convoy..RESPECT!

  • November 1, 2010, 7:33 pm  

    God be with you Ken and all on the convoy. Be safe and hug lots of people in Gaza from me, wish I was with you.
    Love to all
    Zahara

  • Cristina Soler
    November 1, 2010, 7:57 pm  

    Dear Ken : I am David Segarra’s mother, the spanish journalist who was with you on the Mavi Marmara attack. My heart is with you and your friends, I hope all of you arrive safely to Gaza .
    My son,as you know is now making a film about the terrible experience on the Flotilla, in memory of the nine people killed.
    Give my love and support to the heroic people of Palestine, here in Spain we are trying to send another Flotilla “Rumbo a Gaza”,in 2011.
    ¡Viva Palestina libre!

    • November 2, 2010, 3:42 pm

      Lovely to hear from you Cristina, hope to see your son soon.
      TJP

  • November 1, 2010, 10:41 pm  

    Of course nobody knows what the Egyptians are going to do.
    To trust the Egyptians to their word, could be costly.
    In case of very long delays, which could cause some crews to return home, or to risk some vhicles which could be barred from entry, a plan B should be saught.
    Perhaps some accommodation could be made with other convoys from the Arab countries, they don’t require visas to enter Egypt, to facilitate a sort of transfer and to maintain qauntity, and ease pressure and extra expence ?

    • November 2, 2010, 3:43 pm

      There a plan b and c and d, but thank you Ken.

  • November 2, 2010, 9:41 am  

    Good luck guys, it will be a tough one trying to get through by the Egyptian authorities, but lets hope that their conscience overides their loyalty to the usa.
    Thinking of you all

  • Hicham FILALI
    November 2, 2010, 11:34 am  

    Is it possible that I join the Initiative to bring Hope and justice to Gaza? I am from Morocco. I hope things get better.
    I will pray for this.

    • November 2, 2010, 3:44 pm

      We are locked in with the people we have Hicham but all those supporting Palestine are with us.
      TJP

  • Hayat
    November 2, 2010, 3:08 pm  

    I realy dont understand, what Egypt is up to????? to leave our sisters and brothers in Gaza starving and suffering, shame on them shame on them, and GOD will reveng from them, its Eid coming, what the hell ???????? i thank the convoy very much ,and plz plz be paciant what ever it takes to reach Gaza, we all must free Gaza, thanks to you our heroes…..

  • yousuf
    November 2, 2010, 4:59 pm  

    Best of luck..you have our prayers…

  • pavel
    November 2, 2010, 9:00 pm  

    Good luck!

  • November 4, 2010, 7:06 am  

    Dear people of courage. Sending you prayers of light love hope in the name of peace honour integrity for all human beings. Sometimes you can’t see how dark it is till you shine the light. God Bless you all.

  • Gareth Smith
    November 4, 2010, 11:55 am  

    There’s no mystery here. Egypt is in cahoots with the US and Israel and Mubarak gets loads of US dollars. Egypt is in a difficult situation of not wanting to upset either the US or Islamic fundamentalists like the Muslim Brotherhood. Mubarak needs the dollars for his electoral campaign which he is likely to lose after 30 tears in power so he’s not going to upset Israel by allowing aid into Gaza without Netanyahu’s sayso. Viva la revolucion!

    • Karim
      November 4, 2010, 5:44 pm

      Actually you are right there is no mystery , Egypt want to bring peace to the Middle East and it knows its not possible as long as Hamas holds Gaza hostage.
      Mubarak know these convoys are meaningless and tons of supply flows daily from Israel into Gaza. He understand the only reason these convoys exist is to strengthen the terrorist regime of Hamas and help Iran achieve its aim to prevent any peaceful settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.

  • Cristina Soler
    November 4, 2010, 8:01 pm  

    To Karim :the convoys are meaningless you said?
    Meaningless as Justice, solidarity, courage, heroism, brotherhood, love, conscience,empathy,freedom…?
    Terrorism is to think as you do : cruelty, insolidarity and heartless.

    • Karim
      November 5, 2010, 10:01 am

      To Cristina, actually Terrorism is murdering a pregnant woman and her unborn child and taking pride in doing so as Hamas have done recently a day before peace talks between Israel and Palestine began in order derail them. Thinking in a certain still not considered terrorism outside of the leftish Oceania.
      How many more flotilas and convoys how much more Justice, solidarity, courage, heroism, brotherhood, love, conscience,empathy and freedom do you think there would be if the media had no interest and didn’t bother reporting them?
      Where is the Justice, solidarity, courage, heroism, brotherhood, love, conscience and empathy to the millions of hungry people in Africa and around the world in a which aren’t a “sexy” subject the media loves reporting?

  • Karim
    November 8, 2010, 6:27 pm  

    Gaza Strip Weekly Crossing Report for October 24th-30th, 2 Nov 2010
    The Israeli Government, together with the IDF, coordinates the delivery of a variety of humanitarian aid and development assistance to the civilian population of the Gaza Strip on a daily basis. The following report details cross-border activities for the fourth week of October 2010.
    During this period, a total of 1,017 truckloads crossed from Israel, carrying 22,742 tons of goods, humanitarian aid and development assistance for Gaza’s civilian population.

    In addition, 1,995,511 liters of Heavy-Duty Diesel fuel were transferred to the Gaza Power Plant and 100,000 liters of Gasoline for UNRWA. 691 tons of cooking gas and 16 truckloads of iron and cement were transferred into the Strip.

  • Rashid
    November 10, 2010, 7:15 pm  

    Ken it’s great news about the ship! How many vehicles are you able to get on?

  • Karim
    November 13, 2010, 11:30 am  

    Oh Ken I so disappointed of you and your friends, why didn’t you stab shot and lynched those greek commandos?
    I think it was your duty to defand yourself from that act of piracy.

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