Kiwi Team who broke Israeli siege of Gaza returns home

31 Oct

NewstalkZB

31 October 2010

Six New Zealanders who took part in a Gaza aid convoy are welcomed home today.

Roger Fowler, Chris van Ryn, Julie Webb-Pullman, Pat O’Dea, Mouser Taher and Hone Fowler were part of a large group which successfully broke Israel’s blockade. They delivered medical aid and a message of international solidarity.

Kia Ora Gaza co-organiser Grant Morgan says it was a dangerous mission. “You’ve got to take your hats off to people who put their bodies on the line and go halfway around the world to help people they’ve never met because it’s the right thing to do”, he told Newstalk ZB. “I call them heros. I think most people would agree with that.”

He says they crossed three continents over 37 days, and faced down both the Egyptian and Israeli governments.

Photos: Doug Fisher

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