Latest news from the Rafah gate sit-in and the U.S. Gaza convoy

July 12, 2009

The International Movement to Open the Rafah border is sending me constant updates  on their long-standing sit-in at the Rafah Gate and the progress of the U.S. Gaza Convoy.

Activists and their tent at the Rafah Border. International Movement to Ope the Rafah Border. June 2009.

Activists and their tent at the Rafah Border. International Movement to Open the Rafah Border. June 2009.

IMORB says: “We are actually 16 people in our camp with mainly Egyptian activists.Yesterday afternoon, the Egyptian authorities put barbed wire at the door of the bathroom and cut the water, so now, we have no more access to the bathroom.

 Chris says : “Fortunately, I managed yesterday morning to take a shower, after climbing over the bathroom iron gate, so now we will keep dirty. I’m happy to be here again, because this is, may be, the lonely place in the world where you can feel free. We are moving freely, we are challenging the Egyptian authorities, Israel and the worldwide community and we ask them to lift this infamous siege.”

 We are waiting for the ‘Galloway’ convoy which has been stopped by the Egyptian authorities at the Moubarak Peace Bridge checkpoint.

It is a shame to see how Americans civilians are treated by the Egyptian authorities.

At the border, we are seeing daily the American forces convoy who come and enter into the Rafah gate (don’t know why they are coming every day and what they are doing inside) but when it comes to American civilians, they are denied to move freely in Egypt.

It is due to their commitment in helping Gaza people who are suffering from an humanitarian crisis. 

Last week, G8 members called for an end of the Gaza siege but it seems Egypt did hear nothing. We will not talk about the racist Zionist entity because we know all that they never care about other people, particularly Palestinian people, and the whole world accepts it.

U.S. Viva Palestina convoy update

The Egyptian authorities didn’t allow them to cross the Moubarak Peace Bridge and to enter into Sinai. They are safe and back in Cairo…. They will try again on Monday!”

 IMORB is appealing for help for the U.S.Viva Palestina Convoy…and asks concerned citizens to:

 Contact the Egyptian embassy in Washington DC and call for the immediate release of the Viva Palestina convoy. Call 202-966-6342, fax 202-244-4319 and e-mail embassy@egyptembdc.org

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