All posts for December 2009

UN expert repeats call for threat of sanctions against Israel over Gaza blockade

December 30th, 2009 | Posted in Palestine

Big Midest News that Isn’t ‘Fit to Print’

December 30th, 2009 | Posted in Corporate Media, Egypt, Palestine, Politics

Lettre ouverte de la Gaza Freedom March au Président Mubarak

December 30th, 2009 | Posted in Egypt, Palestine

Under International Pressure, Egypt Yields Ground to Gaza Freedom March

December 29th, 2009 | Posted in Egypt, Palestine
    Huffington Post Robert Naiman, Policy Director of Just Foreign Policy


    Photo: Egyptian military watch tower on border with Gaza Strip, Palestine.

Cairo – Twelve hours before this writing, it appeared that 50,000 Palestinians in Gaza planning to march to the Erez border crossing with Israel on Thursday in protest of the continuing blockade on Gaza might not be accompanied by any of the 1400 internationals who had come to Egypt planning to join the Gaza Freedom March.


U.S. Citizens attacked by Egyptian Riot Police in Cairo

December 29th, 2009 | Posted in Egypt, Palestine
    report by Cindy Sheehan December 29th 2009


Photo: Angela Sevin Egyptian police cover camera at Gaza Freedom March in Cairo.

One of my friends, Joshua Smith, just texted me from Cairo and said that some U.S. citizens of the Gaza Freedom March went to the U.S. Embassy today there to try and implore the staff there to intercede on behalf of the March to help get them into Gaza–they were not so warmly welcomed.

Recently, almost 1400 people from around the globe met in Cairo to march into Gaza to join Gazans in solidarity and to help expose their plight after years of blockade and exactly a year after the violent attack in what Israel called “Operation Cast Lead” that killed hundreds of innocent Gazan civilians. So far the Marchers have been denied access (Egypt closed the Rafah crossing) and their gatherings have become increasingly and more violently suppressed.


Public Commemoration of Gaza Massacre

December 29th, 2009 | Posted in Canada, Palestine, Quebec

gathering to commemorate the deaths brought by Israel’s assault on the Gaza strip


    Sunday, January 3rd, 2010
    13h00 Phillips Square
    metro McGill
    corner Ste. Catherine and Union
    Montreal, Quebec


Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters opposes walls, supports Gaza Freedom March

December 29th, 2009 | Posted in Culture, Palestine
    by Roger Waters 27 December 2009


    Photo: Ronald de Hommel Israeli military wall in Gaza, Palestine.

My name is Roger Waters. I am an English musician living in the USA. I am writing to express my great admiration for and solidarity with the 1360 men and women from 42 different countries around the World who are gathering in Egypt, preparing for The Gaza Freedom March. We all watched, aghast, the vicious attack made a year ago on the people of Gaza by Israeli armed forces and the ongoing illegal siege. The suffering wrought on the population of Gaza by both the invasion and the siege is unimaginable to us outside the walls.

The aim of The Freedom March is to focus world attention on the plight of the Palestinian people in Gaza in the hope that the scales will fall from the eyes of all, ordinary, decent people round the world, that they may see the enormity of the crimes that have been committed, and demand that their governments bring all possible pressure to bear on Israel to lift the siege.


Lessons of Gaza

December 29th, 2009 | Posted in Egypt, Palestine

Gaza Freedom March: ‘You Are Our Voice’

December 29th, 2009 | Posted in Palestine

Gaza Freedom March is determined to break the siege

December 29th, 2009 | Posted in Palestine

1,360 international delegates appeal to Egypt to let Gaza Freedom March proceed


Photo: Sabrien Amrov. Gaza solidarity demonstration in Montreal, December, 2008.

Citing escalating tensions on the Gaza-Egypt border, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry informed us on December 20 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 and that if there are any risks, they are risks we are willing to take. We also said that it was too late for over 1,360 delegates coming from over 42 countries to change their plans now.

Although we consider this as a setback, it is something we’ve encountered—and overcome–before. No delegation, large or small, that has entered Gaza over the past 12 months has received a final OK before arriving at the Rafah border. Most delegations were discouraged from even heading out of Cairo to Rafah. Some had their buses stopped on the way. Some have been told outright that they could not go into Gaza. But after public and political pressure, the Egyptian government changed its position and let them pass.


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