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Egypt Bans Gaza Freedom March

Posted by uscsjp on December 25, 2009

First, see this very moving short piece from the Never Before Campaign for Palestine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9esPiCxLDZk

And from Viva Palestina:

No Christmas Cheer from Egyptian Authorities

“The Egyptian government has denied entry to the Viva Palestina  Aid Convoy carrying medical and humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Hundreds of tonnes of aid, including specialised medical equipment and powdered milk for babies, is now stockpiled in the Jordanian port town of Aqaba waiting for permission to enter Egypt via the Straits of Aqaba.

The international convoy of approximately 150 vehicles and more than 400 people from 17 countries was given the news by the Egyptian Consulate in Aqaba late on Christmas Eve.

British MP George Galloway, who is travelling with the convoy, said ‘We feel very sad that Egypt has turned us away on Christmas Day, but we hope they will reconsider. This is a very determined convoy and we’re not going anywhere except to Gaza.’

The convoy, jointly organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in the UK, left London on 6th December. It has enjoyed safe passage through Europe, Turkey, Syria and Jordan on its way to Gaza.

It hopes to enter Gaza and break Israel’s three and a half year illegal blockade of the Strip via the Rafah border crossing with Egypt on 27th December.

The date marks the first anniversary of the beginning of Israel’s three week land, air and sea assault on Gaza, which killed more than 1400 Palestinians…”

–Viva Palestina, 25 Dec, 2009

http://www.vivapalestina.org/home.htm

And the same for The Gaza Freedom March

Contact the Egyptian government for the Gaza Freedom March

“Using the pretext of escalating tensions on the Gaza-Egypt border, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry informed us December 20th that the Rafah border will be closed over the coming weeks, into January. We responded that there is always tension at the border because of the siege, that we do not feel threatened, and that if there are any risks, they are risks we are willing to take.

Please contact Egyptian embassies and missions all over the world with a clear message: Let the international delegation enter Gaza, let the Gaza Freedom March proceed!
Use our tool below to send an email directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo, Egypt. You can use our suggested text and/or add your own message…”

–The Gaza Freedom March, Dec, 2009

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/424/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1946


http://www.gazafreedommarch.org/article.php?list=type&type=416

And, from The Electronic Intifada:

Why I want to march in Gaza

Electronic Intifada: Peace and justice activists will soon travel to Gaza to show their support for Palestinians under siege. (Hatem Omar/MaanImages)

“On 29 December, I will attempt to cross into the Gaza Strip along with 1,300 other peace and justice activists from 43 countries. Some of us have traveled to Gaza previously. It will be my third visit since the Israeli invasion, which destroyed or damaged more than 50,000 homes and 90 percent of private industry.

But this time is different. The date of our arrival marks one year since the attack, and little has changed. Due to the ongoing blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt, with the acquiescence of the United States and the European Union, few homes have been rebuilt, unemployment is nearing 50 percent, children at two-thirds of the schools are studying without notebooks and pencils, and babies are suffering from nitrate poisoning due to contaminated water. Enough is enough. It’s time to do something dramatic: It’s time for the Gaza Freedom March…”

Pam Rasmussen, The Electronic Intifada, 23 December 2009

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10963.shtml

Finally, some local area actions sent by Jeff Warner of LA Jews for Peace

EVENTS: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26,  2:00 – 5:00 PM
Screening of the award-winning documentary
“Billboard from Bethlehem”

Guest Speaker Sulaiman Khatib from Combatants for Peace
VENUE CHANGE  –  The screening will be held at
YOGA DESA, in the Pine Tree Circle, 120 Topanga Cyn. Blvd., Topanga 90290
Pine Tree Circle is across the street from the restaurant Inn of the Seventh Ray and the post office
FREE EVENT Sponsored by Topanga Peace Alliance

RSVP: (818) 225-9112 –susanbeeftink@aol.com

DON’T FORGET
Monday evening, Dec. 28, 5-7 PM

Candlelight vigil at Israeli Consulate to mark 1-year anniversary of Israeli invasion of Gaza.

Bring your own candle

Israeli Consulate is on Wilshire Blvd at La Jolla (west of Fairfax and east of La Cienega and San Vicente

ACTIONS: Free Gaza March with 1350 people planning to enter Gaza through Rafah crossing on Dec. 28 is being stalled by the Egyptian government.

Contact the Palestine Division in Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cairo
Ahmed Azzam, tel +202-25749682 Email: ahmed.azzam@mfa.gov.eg
In the U.S., contact the Egyptian Embassy, 202-895-5400 and ask for Omar Youssef or email omaryoussef@hotmail.com
Sample text:       I am writing/calling to express my full support for the December 31, 2009 Gaza Freedom March. I urge the Egyptian government to allow the 1,300 international delegates to enter the Gaza Strip through Egypt.

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