Monday, July 13, 2009

Fundraising for a Tainted Cause

Update: On July 4, approximately 200 activists with the Viva Palestina US convoy flew to Egypt. The convoy is currently waiting to cross into Gaza but have been held up by the Egyptian authorities. Organizers say the convoy will try to cross into Gaza tomorrow, July 14, but it is unclear if they will be allowed to do so.

Several prominent Americans are on board, including former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, NYC Councilperson Charles Barron, Alison Weir and several representatives of Neturei Karta, an anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox group.

George Galloway, an anti-Israel British parliamentarian, is in the U.S. fundraising for Viva Palestina US, a convoy to Gaza that is scheduled to leave on July 4.

Earlier this year, Galloway organized a European Viva Palestina convoy that gave money and vehicles directly to Hamas. He was subsequently banned from entering Canada because of this.

Over the next two weeks, Galloway will be in Anaheim, San Diego, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, New York, New Jersey and Washington, DC, being wined and dined by local anti-Israel groups and collecting money for the Viva Palestina US convoy. The convoy is hoping to raise $10 million and 500 vehicles.

ADL has called on the Department of Justice to look into Viva Palestina US and investigate whether the money raised through this effort will once again go to a U.S.-designated terrorist organization.

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