A delegation of more than 100 women is planning to visit the blockaded Gaza Strip to meet Palestinian women in the coastal enclave on International Women’s Day.
According to Press TV, the members of the delegation come from countries such as France, Belgium, the United States and Ireland.
The participants are part of an international campaign called “Women Against the Blockade of Gaza.” The group aims to discuss and address the difficulties faced by Palestinian women in the besieged Gaza Strip.
Non-governmental organization Code Pink: Women for Peace has said it is forming a US delegation of 15 women, who will join the international coalition.
Published on 27 February 2014
Written by Alternative Information Center (AIC)
A new report addressing Israeli violations in access-restricted areas in the Gaza Strip reveals that the Israeli-imposed no-go zone in the coastal strip along the border with Israel prevents Palestinian farmers from accessing 35 percent of the agricultural lands and is estimated at 17 percent of the total land mass of the strip.
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The Palestine General Federation of Trade and Labor Unions protested at the Rafah crossing to demand its permanent reopening and an end to the Egyptian military restrictions along the border with Gaza.
Gazan workers who make up most of work force in coastal enclave have been hit with high unemployment following the Egyptian military crackdown on tunnels which are considered as Gaza’s lifeline amid the choking Israeli blockade. Now that most of tunnels are either destroyed or closed workers demand that Rafah be used also as a commercial crossing to allow badly needed goods into the besieged territory.The Egyptian military has maintained tight restrictions on nearly 1.8 million Gazans following the ouster of Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi last July.
The continued Egyptian military’s restrictions at Rafah have only exacerbated the already tight and inhumane Israeli blockade in place since 2007. Gazans blame the international community and especially Arab countries’ silence for their suffering.Analysts say the Israeli apartheid regime and the Egyptian military seem to be working hand in hand in blockading the people of Gaza. The Egyptian military has kept the Rafah crossing closed most of the time since the ouster of Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi last year. Many people here believe the Egyptian military is acting as Israel's proxy in maintaining the blockade.
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Eva Bartlett was interviewed by Geopolitiks on 19 February 2014.
"Eva Bartlett follows in the footsteps of Rachel Corrie." As she continues her US speaking tour about human rights in Palestine, activist and journalist Eva Bartlett joins us for the second episode of Geopolitiks to talk about her years spent volunteering in Gaza documenting the various angles of life under siege, from the "peace" talks to Israeli war crimes and much more.
Organizations undersign a call to the EU.
Source: Amnesty International-EU
To read full statement download: Gaza_Statement_EN
The undersigning organisations call on the EU to:
Border Crossing after it was opened for two days last week. Chairman of Crossings and Borders, Maher Abo Sabha, appeals to Egyptian authorities for opening the crossing permanently to alleviate sufferings of Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. He states, there are ongoing communications with Egyptians to open the Crossing for humanitarian cases.
Egyptian military often closes Rafah border crossing, which is the only outlet for Palestinians in Palestinian enclave.
The Egyptian army has demolished ten more tunnels under the border with the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli blockade for the past 79 months.
The tunnels were destroyed on Saturday as a part of the military-appointed government’s campaign of tightening the noose around the Palestinians living in Gaza.
The Egyptian army has destroyed hundreds of tunnels since it ousted the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in a coup in July last year.
The tunnels are the only lifeline for Gazans living under the Israeli siege. Palestinians use the tunnels to bring essential supplies, such as foodstuff, cooking gas, medicines, petrol, and livestock, into the Gaza Strip.
Four films dealing with Palestine and Israel will be screened in Vancouver, BC (Canada) in two days, March 1-2.
The Just Film Festival is produced by a group of partners including:
CODEVELOPMENT CANADA, LANGARA COLLEGE CONTINUING STUDIES, WORLD COMMUNITY, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL and VILLAGE VANCOUVER.
The fourth is Sponsored by Building Bridges Vancouver
Full schedule here.