Kiwi convoyers get a hero’s welcome in Auckland

20 Jun

Four Kia Ora Gaza convoyers (back right) greet the welcoming crowd


Today saw a nice “Welcome Home” celebration at Auckland Airport for our returning Kia Ora Gaza convoyers. Giving our team to Gaza a heros welcome were 40 supporters, a good turnout in the middle of a working day.

Congratulations to our four Kiwi convoyers – Roger Fowler, Tali Williams, Hone Fowler and Gibran Janif – for putting themselves on the line to help the imprisoned population of Gaza and the cause of Palestinian liberation.

And thanks to Lydia Sosene, a member of the Auckland Council’s Mangere Local Board, and Javed Khan, vice-president of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, for speaking at the homecoming celebration and extending their support to Kia Ora Gaza.

Here’s a photo gallery of the homecoming, courtesy of Auckland photographer Doug Fisher:

Roger Fowler holds aloft the Champions Cup presented to Kia Ora Gaza at Nuseirat, a refugee camp in central Gaza, while (from left) fellow convoyers Tali Williams, Hone Fowler and Gibran Janif look on

 

Lydia Sosene, a member of the Auckland Council’s Local Board, brings greetings from Mangere

 

Javed Khan, vice-president of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, brings greetings from Aotearoa’s Muslim community

 

Ismail Waja, an executive member of Kia Ora Gaza, holds aloft the plaque to be presented to each convoyer

 

Roger Fowler, leader of the Kiwi Team to Gaza, accepts his plaque from Abdul Elah Arwani

 

Tali Willians gets a big hug for her service in Gaza from plaque presenter Tawera Ormsby

 

Abdul sparkles while presenting a plaque to tired convoyer Hone Fowler

 

Gibran Janif accepts his plaque from Tawera

 

Gibran gives a stirring speech about how Palestinians in Gaza refuse to be defeated despite facing massive odds

 

Billy Hania, a Palestinian Kiwi, says the countdown has begun for Israeli apartheid

 

Yusuf Abdullahi, a Somali Kiwi, praises the Kia Ora Gaza team for their mission to Gaza

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