EUROPEAN CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE SIEGE OF GAZA: International Action in Solidarity with Gaza
UPDATE: The demonstration was stopped in the Sinai by Egyptian authorities. As protesters attempted to ‘Walk to Gaza’, they were threatened with arrest before eventually turning back to Cairo. There will be a press conference in Cairo tonight (31st March).
Original press release: End the siege of Gaza!
End the world complicity to the Israeli occupation and crimes against the Palestinian people!
A group of international participants decided to act against our countries’ complicity to the inhumane and devastating siege of the Gaza Strip.
A delegation including participants from the Basque country, Austria, Scotland, Norway, Italy, Netherlands, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Palestine, Jordan, America and India intend to reach the Egyptian side of the border with Gaza in order to deliver a truckload of food and medicine and
in protest against the inhuman siege imposed on the people of Gaza, with the complicity of our own governments.
We protest against the genocide of the Palestinian people and condemn the hypocrisy of European and other governments who blatantly violate the democratic will of the Palestinian people and have taken positions in the interest of the Israeli and US agenda of occupation and domination.
We strongly condemn the European Union for backtracking on their responsibility, as stipulated in past agreements, to facilitate and oversee the flow of people through the Rafah border crossing. The European governments are therefore directly complicit in the Israeli-imposed siege of the Palestinian population of Gaza, their confinement to an open air prison and denial of access to the most basic goods and services, resulting in massive suffering and a humanitarian disaster.
Our protest must also be seen in the light of the 60th anniversary of the 1948 Nakba -the massive expulsion and forced flight of the Palestinian people as a result of the Zionist aggression which paved the way for the creation of the state of Israel- as well as the on-going Nakba and Israeli occupation, marked by expansion policies, expropriation and bloodshed.
We emphasize the urgent need to enforce and broaden the global campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the Israeli Apartheid State and its policies of occupation and oppression.
Solidarity with the people of Palestine!!!
We call on everyone wishing to participate to join the delegation to Rafah!!!
European Campaign Against the Siege of Gaza