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Gaza convoy happened because of the Activists and the Turks

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If only we knew what powers were at play to force the Egyptians hands.

Undoubtedly the resilience of the convoy, even in the face of Egyptian riot police played a part, and the seeming coordination inside Gaza where a demonstration was held in tandem.

It seems the deal reached in the Jordanian port of Aqaba, was brokered by Turkey. And the Turkish Government has consistently been an outspoken supporter for the Gazans. Turkey has also shifted its political (and economic) orbit towards Iran and Syria. There must have been a concerted international effort. And Galloway etc must have been expecting more obstacles (aka Israeli style) and had some cards up their sleeves.

It appears a kind of gagging order was agreed upon. For no interviews shown reveal any animosity to the Egyptians, even though they caused much hardship, even the activists without injury look exhausted.

The news agencies are saying an Egyptian guard on the Gaza border was killed in “crossfire”. Well he was high up in a high guard post, crossfire is implausable. Diplomacy dictates a peaceful ending, rather than further escalation.

The opponents of the convoy, seemed to have lost this round. They got some concessions. The convoy is only alllowed in Gaza for 48 hours, 60 vehicles are not allowed in. But they haven’t gained any sympathy.

Originally an aid organisation called Code Pink was negotiating for the convoy with the Egyptians, they accepted an arrangement where only 100 activists would be allowed into Gaza. And you could say “Code Pink” fell at the first hurdle, this was rejected by the rest of the activists. Given “CodePink’s” recent endorsement for a further US military presence in Afghanistan, one can only wonder what their true agenda is.

Regarding the pressure, only someone in the diplomatic corp could understand what pressures work. Presumably every Egyptian ambasssador in the world was contacted, but I would imagine economics also were at play, perhaps threats to ventures or tourism.


14:44 / Israel News

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu telephoned his Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Aboul Gheit several times Tuesday night and urged him to release members of an aid convoy blocked at El-Arish following violent clashes.


Tuesday’s demonstration joined a wave of protests against Mubarak across the Arab world. The Hamas organization in Gaza called on Palestinians on Wednesday morning to stage protests calling on the Egyptian authorities to allow the entry of the foreign activists.

AFP and The Associated Press contributed to this report






The activists entered Gaza through Rafah border crossing. More than 500 international activists accompany the convoy organized by the British-based group Viva Palestina, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The activists entered Gaza through Rafah border crossing. More than 500 international activists accompany the convoy organized by the British-based group Viva Palestina, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Fifty-nine vehicles were not allowed into the strip but the supplies were unloaded and taken through by the activists.

The Egyptian approval came after activists and security forces clashed earlier in the day when Cairo refused to allow part the aid convoy to pass through its land to the Hamas-ruled territory.

More than 55 activists and over a dozen members of the security forces were injured in the clashes. Some sixty convoy-members were also arrested. …

British lawmaker George Galloway, who is accompanying the convoy, said that the activists had been forced to renegotiate with the Egyptian authorities.

“We refused this because it’s a breach of the agreement which we reached in Aqaba between the government of Egypt and the Turkish side,” he said. “It is completely unconscionable that 25 percent of our convoy should go to Israel and never arrive in Gaza, because nothing that goes to Israel ever arrives in Gaza.”

Egyptian authorities had also refused the convoy entry into the country from the Red Sea, forcing it to change course to a Mediterranean port.

Source: Press TV, Dec 6 2009

Written by morris

January 7, 2010 at 2:00 am

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