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Gaza Freedom Marchers Maintain Pressure in Cairo for Border Opening

Activists are keeping up the pressure with the intent that Egypt should open the border and allow the convoy to go to Gaza.

Gaza Freedom March
Photo of Freedom March courtesy: Ali Abunimah

(CAIRO, Egypt) - The Gaza Freedom March is being held up by the Egyptian government after all, in spite of word issued a few days ago that Egypt had changed its position on allowing entry into Gaza.

It has been one year since the Israeli military decimated the people of Gaza in retaliation for Hamas rocket attacks that killed a small number of Israeli people, approximately seven. In retaliation, Israel unleashed an attack involving illegal weapons and specific targeting of ambulance crews and schools.

After all of that, Israel blocks the entry of humanitarian relief supplies and construction equipment and medicine at the Gaza border. Egypt is working with Israel, in spite of the fact that the Palestinians are suffering so much.

The march is designed to peacefully call attention to the problems associated with reaching the people in the landlocked Gaza Strip.

Now we learn that buses, hired to take the bulk of marchers from Cairo to Al Arish this morning, did not show up as scheduled, on instructions from the Egyptian government.

Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of 'One Country, A Bold Proposal,' said today, "We know that some marchers who traveled to Al Arish on their own have been prevented from proceeding further. This was not a surprise. Tomorrow, 29 December, Gaza Freedom Marchers will continue with actions in Cairo, a day, incidentally that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to visit."

He says they are keeping up the pressure with the intent that Egypt should open the border and allow the convoy to go to Gaza.

Source: Ali Abunimah

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