Wednesday, 12 November 2008


I'd been following the Free Gaza movement (who later would become famous in horrific circumstances) with some interest and this opportunity came up at the last minute. I was lucky enough to be given holiday at short notice. I went to Larnaca and got a boat to Gaza, where we met the head of Hamas - with whom I was offered a one-off interview - who has not been heard of since. I guess I was hoping for a spread but was told that they were running a picture of Remembrance Sunday instead. I guess it was one of the most frustrating experiences of my life. But I'm glad that the online news story was run (you can read it here), and I met some incredible people. There are those who continually risk their lives for what they believe in; it was a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse into their lives.

The very bad picture of me above shows the boat about to set off on its return journey; Haniyeh is just left of the pole in the middle bottom.

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