World Bulletin / News Desk
The big freedom convoy for Gaza, from London, arrived on Monday in Syrian capital Damascus with scores of supporters.
Freedom of Gaza Convoy (Viva Palestina) is expected to arrive in Jordan on Tuesday. 7 trucks of aid will join the convoy.
Although very few Palestinians take part in the organization, people who joined the cause say "Everyone who carry Palestine is in his heart is a Palestinian."
A representative for Turkish organisation IHH said that "We talked to the convoy teams at the hotel they are staying. Everyone has a story."
"Sakir Yildirim (40) was able to reach Gaza last year alone with an ambulance from ristol by land. Now, he is taking a truck to Gaza with the convoy. Yildirim had founded an association called Gaza Bristol Link after returning from Gaza last year. He and his friends bought a truck and four cars with money they have collected."
Also, a young Palestinian, Yusuf departed from Texas to go to Gaza. He plans to buy relief supplies and get a car in Egypt for the country he was born, Palestine. He was Persecuted by Israel in a very young age, he had left his country first to Lebanon and then emigrated to the United States. He joined to the convoy in Istanbul.
(Yusuf from Texas)
Yusuf explained his feelings by saying "I will meet with my relatives when I go to Palestine. I am separated from them, but they or Palestine is never out of my mind. I grew up with them and I am a Palestinian. I think you are also Palestinians. No need to be born in there. Everyone who carry Palestine is in his heart is a Palestinian."
Talal Abdulrashid from Jerusalem said that "I come from England. I'm a Palestinian, from al-Aqsa.. We have set off from England to break the siege. Hopefully we will reach Gaza. Israel exiled us from our homes in 1982. We crossed to Lebanon and then to Britain. My relatives are still living in Jerusalem."
Woman driver of the ambulance, Lewelyn Lia is a 55 years old British Jew. Coming from London, Lia told IHH represantative that "There are many Jews who are oppose to in Israel's war against the Palestinian. I am one of them. I do not know if we will be able to enter into Gaza."
"I believe, Egypt and Israel face great pressure because of the press and the people. I can not say that Israel's repression is about religion. It is all about system of exploitation," she said.
"I am worried that the issue of religion becomes prominent. We have set off to put an end to the war lasted 60 years. I hope we will succeed," she added.
Sam Rez, comes from London, said that "When war broke out in Gaza, I was affected by the violence in there. I was sick because of my grief. I was depressed. Then I started to research and in this way I learned about the convoy. I'm a drug researcher, a specialist."
"I am not a Muslim, but it makes me really sad to see all the persecution and wars happen in the Islamic world," he said.