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Egypt Says It Will Block International Gaza Freedom Marchers

By Robert Naiman | December 21, 2009

On December 31, together with more than 1000 peace advocates from around the world, I’m planning to join tens of thousands of Palestinians in a march in Gaza to the Erez border crossing to protest the Israeli blockade of Gaza, and to demand international action to relieve Gaza’s humanitarian crisis.

Unfortunately, it appears that the Egyptian government has just announced that it will not allow the internationals to enter Gaza as planned. If so, that would be a shame.

But this apparent decision could be reversed with sufficient public pressure, in Egypt and around the world. Concerned individuals can write to the Egyptian Embassy in Washington and to the Foreign Ministry in Cairo. There is also contact information for the Egyptian consulates in Chicago, Houston, New York, and San Francisco here.

The aim of the march is to call on Israel and the international community to lift the siege, and to respond to Gaza’s humanitarian crisis. The international participants will also take in badly needed medical aid, as well as school supplies and winter jackets for the children of Gaza. Dec. 27 will mark the first anniversary of the Israeli invasion, from which Gaza has not recovered, in large measure because of the ongoing Israeli blockade, which has prevented Gaza from rebuilding.

Of course, if the Egyptian government decision stands, and the international participants are not allowed to enter Gaza, then much less international attention will be drawn to the ongoing blockade, and that would be an unfortunate setback for peace efforts, because the need for international attention is great.

December 21, 2009 - Posted by | Solidarity and Activism

2 Comments »

  1. obviously this is going to take alot more than 1000 or more.it seems to me and i’m sure a whole lot of other people that take notice to what is really going on know that israel has the political world by the short and curluys(for want of a better word).the people of gaza have’nt done anything wrong.egypt with all it’s history should not be bought and paid for by these zionist pick a word.livni just had arrest warrants droped, olmert and members of his staff just pleaded not guilty to a number of charges,and as usual the political world remains silent.these people are going to be the ruination of us all.

    Comment by the cook | December 21, 2009 | Reply

  2. What do we expect from a Government with a caveman mentality?

    Comment by B. Benhamid | December 22, 2009 | Reply


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