Monday, October 19, 2009

Nadia Hijab on Goldstone Report, Gaza Freedom March

US Campaign Advisory Board member Nadia Hijab writes at Middle East Online on the Goldstone Report and civil society efforts to break the siege of Gaza:
"The Goldstone Report has rightly focused international attention on the crimes committed during Israel’s offensive against Gaza in December-January this year. Even if the United States quashes it at the United Nations Security Council -- where it is likely to go now that the Human Rights Council has adopted it -- the report will make human rights violators think twice. But it doesn’t end the Israeli siege of Gaza....This has left it to people from around the world to try to break the siege themselves."
Hijab highlights the efforts of the Free Gaza Movement, the Viva Palestina convoys, and the US Campaign endorsed Gaza Freedom March. Here's Hijab commenting on the march:

"The Gaza Freedom March involves hundreds of international activists who plan to cross the border at Rafah and to march alongside the Gaza Palestinians on December 31st, aiming to reach the border with Israel. Enthusiasm for the march in Gaza is understandably high, given the Strip’s isolation, with thousands reportedly planning to march with the internationals. Among other things, youth groups from around Gaza are planning dance, theatre and music shows to welcome the visitors. University student unions hope to strike for the day to bring out the numbers, and women’s groups are also aiming to mobilize their members. All of these international volunteers have been speaking out when they get back home and pushing for change in their own government’s policies that allow Israel to keep its siege in place. Perhaps their sustained efforts will finally shame their leaders into action to end the persecution of the Palestinians."

Click here to read the full article. To find out more about the Gaza Freedom March, click here. And keep an eye on this space and our website for opportunities to shame our leaders into ending the U.S. policy that keeps Israel's siege of Gaza in place.