In the name of Vittorio Arrigoni, the ‘Stay Human’ convoy has entered Gaza

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After leaving Cairo this morning at dawn, the 80 activists of the ‘Restiamo Umani’ convoy have entered Gaza at 4pm after crossing five Egyptian check-points.

The convoy, whose goal is to return to the place where Vittorio Arrigoni has spent his life, wrote a first report – posted on – “We are going to Gaza, Vittorio is with us”.

The convoy will remain in the Gaza strip until the 17 of May to meet the Palestinian people who day by day are trying to resist the Israeli military occupation. The convoy will also join the commemorations for the thirtieth day of Vittorio’s death and for Nakba, the day of the Palestinian catastrophe, which will take place between the 14 and the 15 of May.

Meanwhile, a second convoy, with over 100 buses, will leave from Tahir square in Cairo, the square that has become the symbol of recent popular revolutions in the Middle East, and will try to cross the Rafah pass on the 15 of May.

This is a collective movement that wants to show full support to the fight of the Palestinian people for self-determination, to their everyday resistance against military occupation and to the right of all Palestianian refugees to come back to their land.

Follow the Stay Human Convoy via:


7 Responses

  1. annie
    May 12, 2011, 8:58 pm

    more from their website about the 100 bus convoy

    There are strong calls for cutting economic and political ties with the Israeli government, as a show of support for the Palestinian struggle for self-determination and the right of return of all Palestinian refugees.
    This Egyptian-led convoy is not intended as a one-off event, but as a mobilization that concerns all Palestinians and all the people of the Arab world who wish to show their solidarity with the Palestinian cause. The message is clear: it is a call for hope and change…people are beginning to speak of a Third Intifada.

  2. lysias
    May 12, 2011, 10:11 pm

    Restiamo umani, eh?

    Good rejoinder to Wiesenfeld, who apparently thinks the Palestinians are not human beings in the first place. (Much what Adolf Hitler thought about the Jews.)

  3. GuiltyFeat
    May 13, 2011, 5:58 am

    “There are strong calls for cutting economic and political ties with the Israeli government…”

    Anyone can call. I think it’s the response that matters.

    • pabelmont
      May 13, 2011, 10:03 am

      This is true; acts, not words, are what matter. Power is what the nations could use to attempt to change Israel’s actions, but power is also what the USA uses to intimidate the nations from doing so; also, commercial ties disincline nations to cut off trade. But this is the business of civic-society-BDS — to inform and create momentum for national-level-BDS.

  4. Kathleen
    May 13, 2011, 10:32 am

    Chills….”stay human”

  5. Theo
    May 13, 2011, 10:40 am

    We will be with you, Palestinians, on your day of remembrance! Fight for your freedom and rights, because it is better to die standing up than living on your knees in shame and servitude.

    Egypt has an unethical, or in my opinion even criminal contract on gas supplies. Since Israel pays only about 20% of the market price, Egypt could stop delivering with a short notice until a fair contract is signed. Or they can sell the gas to their own citizens and to hell with the zionists!

  6. jon s
    May 13, 2011, 1:30 pm

    Interesting that, according to the posting, the goals of the convoy do not include any reference to Vik Arrigoni’s murder- no condemnation, protest, outrage … Don’t they have anything to say about it?

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