Monday, July 13, 2009

Egypt Keeps Gazan Border Closed

What else would you expect?

Everyone in the world knows Mubarek's government has been bought off with Zionist money

"Egypt stops Gaza-bound medical convoy

July 12th, 2009 8:18 AM

International Movement to Open Rafah Border

Egyptian authorities have refused to allow 'Viva Palestina' activists trying to carry humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip to cross into the Sinai Peninsula.

The largest-ever US aid convoy to help the people of Gaza was stopped at the Suez Canal on Saturday on its way to Al Arish, where the rest of the group and supplies will join them before heading for the border crossing into Gaza.

The activists are part of a convoy of at least 200 people -- all Americans, including Charles Barron, a New York City Councilman -- that plan to be in Gaza by July 13.

Former US Congresswoman from Georgia, Cynthia McKinney, who was arrested by Israeli forces earlier this month while heading to Gaza on a humanitarian mission, will also join the convoy.

Viva Palestina activists say despite earlier arrangements, Egyptian border officials are not allowing the medical convoy to pass and have even threatened them with arrest, saying they have not received a list of the names of the members of the convoy.

The group -- intending to break the crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza, home to 1.5 million Palestinians -- spent the night in their buses despite pressure from security officials to return to Cairo.

"We are determined to cross onto Gaza, and no matter what happens next, out of this first small confrontation, we've achieved a success for the movement in support of the Palestinian people. The convoy is going to move on, and we ain't gonna let nobody turn us around," Barron said.

Egypt and Israel have sealed their borders with the seaside territory since 2007 when Hamas took control of the coastal territory, leaving thousands of Gazans in desperate need of life's essentials.

According to a recent report by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the deadly Israeli-led blockade, which has prevented supplies from reaching Gaza, has created a dire humanitarian situation in the region.

The humanitarian agency says seriously ill patients are not receiving the treatment they need and that thousands of Gazans whose homes were destroyed during Israel's three-week Cast Lead military operation are still without shelter.

In Solidarity
from all
International Movement to Open Rafah Border

"Only a united world against oppression will help unite and free all of Palestine."

(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country