Journey to Gaza

The Viva Palestina humanitarian convoy may be the most famous lefty-inspired journey to Gaza, but it’s not the only one. Patrick Ward* is a staff writer for the Socialist Review and has visited Israel and Palestine before. He’s also a friend of mine, and along with Stop the War Coalition’s Stewart Halforty he’s travelling to Gaza to report on the situation there and (in his words) “bypass the corporate media”.

Whatever your politics, it is a worthy pursuit and I wish Patrick and Stewart very well. There will no doubt be some interesting updates on their blog here – Patrick already tells me he’s made “excellent contacts” – so I encourage you to check it for updates.

*Note for student politics geeks: Patrick was editor of London Student, the University of London Union newspaper, in 2005-06 (which is how I met him), and Stewart Halforty was ULU president at the same time. Patrick is a Socialist Workers Party member.

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