Landless Workers’ Movement sends 13 tons of food to Gaza; the goal is to donate 100,000 kilos of food

Between October and November, Brazilian Air Force airplanes sent food produced by the MST to Palestinian families

Translated by: Ana Paula Rocha

Brasil de Fato | São Paulo (SP) |
MST families from all over the country engaged in solidarity action. - Yuri Gringo

The Landless Workers’ Movement (MST, in Portuguese) showed solidarity with the Palestinian people, who are suffering from the massacre Israel is waging against the Gaza Strip. They sent a shipment of healthy food cultivated in land from agrarian reform.

Until now, the movement sent two shipments with a total of 13 tons of food transported by Brazilian Air Force airplanes (FAB, in Portuguese). MST’s goal is to send 100 tons of food for humanitarian aid. The first shipment, which transported two tons of food, was sent on October 30, with rice, corn flour and milk.

Settled families from all over the country participated in the solidarity action. Among the food sent in the first shipment, there was Terra Viva milk, produced by Cooperoeste (Santa Catarina state); rice from the Terra Livre Cooperative and Cooperavi (both from Rio Grande do Sul state); and corn flour from Terra Conquistada, in Ceará state.

“All the landless families are working in solidarity with the people of Palestine and the victims of Gaza, both by donating food and developing many activities, such as protests,” said Cassia Bechara, a member of MST’s national leadership.

The second shipment was sent on December 12 with more than 11 tons of non-perishable food to the Egyptian border. The MST is standing by to continue making shipments and is liaising with the Federal Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure that FAB flights transport the food.

“The Palestinian people, like all the peoples fighting for their sovereignty, need the solidarity actions of other peoples," Jane Cabral, also from the MST's national leadership, highlighted.

The MST follows the suffering of the Palestinian people. In addition to collaborating with international campaigns to raise money for families who live off the land, the movement is also asking for a passage to be opened to bring humanitarian aid to the place, where the population suffers from hunger, thirst and fear.

These campaigns are organized by the Palestinian Agricultural Workers Union, which is part of La Via Campesina International, a movement that brings together peasants from several countries.

Edited by: Rodrigo Durão Coelho