Hit The Road For Palestine Solidarity!
With a pro-Israel President in the White House supporting a dangerous right wing Zionist Government hell-bent on expanding illegal settlements, building the international support for peace and justice in Palestine is more vital than ever.
The international Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid is going from strength to strength and the label “apartheid” is hurting Israel, just as it should. How else do they explain the battery of exclusive separate anti-Arab laws, devised to strip Palestinians of any civil rights and justify discrimination and repression on a massive scale?
The Big Ride in 2017 will be marking:
The 3rd anniversary of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza in 2014, which killed 2,205 Palestinians (including 547 children);
The 50th anniversary of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza strip (the Occupied Palestinian Territories) in 1967 when 300,000 Palestinians were made refugees and their villages ethnically cleansed; and
The 10 year illegal siege of Gaza.
We will be organising a 3 day cycle ride demonstration from Liverpool on Friday 4th August, cycling over to Manchester where all riders will be accommodated in ‘home-stays’. On Saturday we cycle over to Bradford, and will have extra support vehicles on hand. You can cycle as little or as much of the two tough uphill sections as you want. On Sunday 6th August we complete The Big Ride by cycling to Sheffield.
Why not get involved - cyclists and non-cyclists are both welcome. Raise money and awareness with us. Viva Palestine.
The Big Ride was initiated in 2015 by activists in Britain, Ireland and beyond who wanted to combine our love of cycling with support for the Palestinian people. We staged a marathon ride from Edinburgh to London over nine days on the first anniversary of the bombardment of Gaza, raising over £65,000 for projects to help children recover from the loss and trauma they suffered.
In 2016 we staged a four-legged ride converging on Birmingham for a community festival followed by a mass ride to Shenstone where we successfully blockaded the UAV factory in protest at its selling drones to Israel.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
We're asking cyclist and non-cyclist to help us build this event. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact number. We'll then get back to you with a few practical things we need help with.
Raise the Big Ride in your local community, political or workplace organization.
Cycle with us some or all of the way!