LIFT THE SIEGE OF GAZA
When: Saturday January 2, 2010 – noon to 1 p.m.
Where: New Seward Hwy. between Benson & Northern Lights
Alaskans for Palestine in solidarity with The International Coalition to End the Illegal Siege of Gaza will hold a rally in support of the Gaza Freedom March on Saturday, January 2nd from noon until 1:00 at the corner of New Seward and Benson or Northern Lights.
On December 31, 2009, more than 1,300 citizens from across the world will join with an estimated 50,000 Palestinians in a peaceful march to the Erez border crossing into Israel. This historic non-violent action has been organized by The International Coalition to End the Illegal Siege of Gaza. Its objective is to draw international attention to the siege and blockade of Gaza, which are illegal under international law. The Gaza Strip has been subject to Israeli control since the end of the Six-Day War in 1967. Although all the settlements were vacated and the Israeli Defense Forces withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Gaza’s land and sea borders remained tightly controlled by the Israeli government. The blockade has caused immense suffering among Gaza’s 1.5 million citizens.
Alaskans for Palestine stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza and the International Coalition to End the Illegal Siege of Gaza.
It is vital that this act of non-violent resistance be told around the entire world. It is time that the people of the United States understand our government’s role in promoting Israel’s violations of the international humanitarian laws.
[from a press release by Alaskans for Palestine]
Here is video from a rally yesterday - December 31st - in Boston:
Here is Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin, discussing the Freedom March activities, at the UN's New York City HQ, on December 17th:
And here is Democracy Now's coverage of the Egyptian government's attempts to thwart marchers from Cairo, on December 30th: