Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Gaza Freedom (and Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance) Marches On

Nancy Murray of US Campaign member group Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights has a piece in The Nation entitled "The Gaza I Know." Take it away, Nancy:
"The Gaza I have been visiting for the past twenty-one years bears little relation to the dehumanizing imagery to which it has been reduced by the mainstream media. The Gaza I know is home to friends and strangers who are as welcoming and humane as they are resilient and determined to achieve their freedom. They have maintained their humanity despite enduring a brutal forty-two-year-old Israeli occupation that has cost them the destruction of their homes, land, economy and future and the loss of more than 4,000 lives since the dawn of the twenty-first century....In late December, to mark the first anniversary of Israel's war, some 1,200 internationals from forty-two countries will be doing what they can to get things moving in the right direction. They intend to enter Gaza from Egypt to participate in the Gaza Freedom March."
Read the full article here.
The Gaza Freedom March, which is endorsed by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, is facing a new challenge this week, as Egyptian authorities are threatening to close the Rafah border with the Gaza Strip for the next several weeks. March organizers have vowed that this obstacle will not prevent them from entering Gaza. Click here to read more and take action.
In other Gaza news, 16 major humanitarian and human rights organizations have issued a report calling the international community to task for a year of inaction following the devastating Israeli attacks on Gaza a year ago. And Gisha, the Israeli Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, has launched a new blog with updated information about the status of Gaza border crossings.
You don't have to go to the Gaza Strip to advocate for an end to Israel's illegal and immoral siege. Join a solidarity action in your community, or use the action resources on our website to organize your own. And remember--the blockade of Gaza is only one aspect of Israel's policy of occupation and apartheid that we have to confront. Incorporate calls for boycott, divestment, and sanctions and for freedom for leaders of Palestinian nonviolent resistance into your solidarity actions. Meet with Members of Congress about the humanitarian effects of the siege and how U.S. military aid is misused by Israel. And take action in the media to draw attention to the conditions in Gaza one year after "Operation Cast Lead," and continuing U.S. support for Israeli violations of Palestinian rights in the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.