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Two dozen cyclists ‘ride for Palestine’ across West Yorkshire

The ride was organised to raise awareness of the plight of people living in Palestine.

More than two dozen cyclists have biked across West Yorkshire to raise money for Palestine.

Ride for Palestine returned to Yorkshire this Sunday, with riders from across Yorkshire and Lancashire gathered in Centenary Square Bradford at 9am to start the 42-mile ride.

The riders went through Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury and returned to a rapturous welcome in Bradford.

More than two dozen cyclists took part in the 42-mile bike ride.

Along the way, they were greeted by many passers-by cheering. Even car drivers were waving and honking their horns in support.

The cyclist wearing T-shirts with the logo #RideForPalestine and some carrying Palestinian flags had a dual purpose. The main goal was to raise awareness of the situation of Palestinians and raise funds for a British NGO, Friends of Al-Aqsa.

Friends of Al-Aqsa is concerned with defending the human rights of Palestinians and protecting the sacred al-Aqsa Sanctuary in Jerusalem. Established in 1997, various international groups and organisations support the group.

The response of those who encountered the riders was positive, with a few asking the reason for riding.

Ahmed, one of the riders, said: “I was greatly touched not only by the encouragement of the passersby but the drinks and food they were offering us”. He added, “I am humbled by the generosity of the people of Yorkshire”.

Naz Shah MP welcomed the riders when they arrived in Manningham.

The 30 riders, some of them who had not known each other before, became close, and many exchanged addresses to remain in contact. One rider, Yusuf, said: “This turned out to be a great networking occasion for me, and I have made many new friends”.

The riders were met with crowds in Huddersfield and Dewsbury. However, the
biggest welcome awaited the riders at Lister Park, Bradford. Hundreds of people and dignitaries, including Naz Shah the local MP cheered their arrival.

The event, while testing the endurance of the riders was an opportunity to highlight the condition of the Palestinians while enjoying the hospitality and beauty of Yorkshire. The bikers are all set to repeat it again next year.

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