Neish a ‘gentle soul’ doing important work abroad

Kevin Neish, Gaza flotilla

Re: Neish suspected of ulterior motives (Letters, June 29)

I have to reply to the letter attacking Kevin Neish who is on his way to Gaza to protest the Israelis’ denial of human rights there.

I have known Kevin for 20 years. I met him in Central America, when he was a protector for Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Mench, and on work he has done for many human rights activists threatened by their governments.

Kevin is not a political animal and certainly not an opportunist. His friends have had to work very hard to get him any press coverage for this trip, which he needs for his safety.

He is a gentle soul, committed to peaceful action and he has an enormous number of friends, for whom Ana Porzecanski’s letter was a poorly informed insult.

Alison Acker

Victoria