Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Gaza Freedom March, I'll be there.

I am participating in the Gaza Freedom March. In brief summary, people are marching to Erez border crossing into Gaza to call for the borders to be opened, for the siege on Gaza to end. Internationals are entering Gaza, through Egypt, to join thousands of Gazans in a march to the Erez border crossing. Internationals, Palestinians, and Israelis are also marching from the Israeli side to meeting the marchers from the Gaza side.

I will be joining the march from the Israeli side.

The ultimate source for information is Gaza Freedom March which includes all the info and recent articles/releases relating to the March. I don't have the time to post all those links, so please just go to their site. There are ongoing issues with internationals trying to get to Gaza but being refused entry. I will try to post an original piece and some video after the march.

Here is the official call for the march:

Israel’s blockade of Gaza is a flagrant violation of international law that has led to mass suffering. The U.S., the European Union, and the rest of the international community are complicit.

The law is clear. The conscience of humankind is shocked. Yet, the siege of Gaza continues. It is time for us to take action! On Dec. 31, we will end the year by marching alongside the Palestinian people of Gaza in a non-violent demonstration that breaches the illegal blockade.

Our purpose in this March is lifting the siege on Gaza. We demand that Israel end the blockade. We also call upon Egypt to open Gaza’s Rafah border. Palestinians must have freedom to travel for study, work, and much-needed medical treatment and to receive visitors from abroad.

As an international coalition we are not in a position to advocate a specific political solution to this conflict. Yet our faith in our common humanity leads us to call on all parties to respect and uphold international law and fundamental human rights to bring an end to the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian territories since 1967 and pursue a just and lasting peace.

The march can only succeed if it arouses the conscience of humanity.

Please join us.

The International Coalition to End the Illegal Siege of Gaza
For more information, please see the Statement of Context

For a list of endorsers, please click here.

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