Materials for Gaza Freedom March Press Conference and Press Briefing at United Nations – PDF

2009 Materials for Gaza Freedom March Press Conference

PRESS CONFERENCE

ONE YEAR AFTER INVASION OF GAZA CITIZENS FROM 43 COUNTRIES TO MARCH TO ISRAELI BORDER

December 16, 2009, United Nations, NY — On December 31st, over one thousand people from 43 nations around the globe will join 50,000 Palestinians in a March to the Erez Crossing with Israel as part of the Gaza Freedom March. The event is in response to a growing global initiative, to lift the crippling blockade on Gaza in order to allow food, medicine and rebuilding supplies to enter the Palestinian territory.

The international delegation includes international diplomats, doctors, lawyers, students, religious leaders, war veterans, civil society and members of the Jewish community. Amongst the 1,300 international delegates participating in the March are some prominent names, including Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker, former Italian Vice President of European Parliament Luisa Morgantini, French Senator Alima BoumedieneThiery leading Syrian comedian Duraid Lahham, author and Filipino Parliament member Walden Bello, and 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein.

Within Gaza, local groups have worked to ensure the participation of at least 50,000 local Palestinians, which include members of local unions, students, academics, refugee groups, women’s organizations and professional societies.

WHO:             Medea Benjamin, Co-Founder, CODEPINK

                      Abdeen Jabara, Member Steering Committee, Gaza Freedom March

                      Michael Ratner, President, Center for Constitutional Rights

WHEN:           11:00 a.m.

                      Thursday, December 17, 2009

WHERE:         United Nations Briefing Room

For more information please visit www.gazafreedommarch.org

 

PRESS BRIEFING

ONE YEAR AFTER INVASION OF GAZA CITIZENS FROM 43 COUNTRIES TO MARCH TO ISRAELI BORDER

December 16, 2009, United Nations, NY— On December 31st over one thousand people from 43 nations around the globe will join 50,000 Palestinians in a March to the Erez Crossing with Israel as part of the Gaza Freedom March. The event is in response to a growing global initiative, to lift the crippling blockade on Gaza in order to allow food, medicine and rebuilding supplies to enter the Palestinian territory.

The international delegation includes international diplomats, doctors, lawyers, students, religious leaders, war veterans, civil society and members of the Jewish community. Amongst the 1,300 international delegates participating in the March are some prominent names, including Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker, former Italian Vice President of European Parliament Luisa Morgantini, French Senator Alima BoumedieneThiery leading Syrian comedian Duraid Lahham, author and Filipino Parliament member Walden Bello, and 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein.

Within Gaza, local groups have worked to ensure the participation of at least 50,000 local Palestinians, which include members of local unions, students, academics, refugee groups, women’s organizations and professional societies.

WHO:             Medea Benjamin, Co-Founder, CODEPINK

Abdeen Jabara, Member Steering Committee, Gaza Freedom March

Michael Ratner, President, Center for Constitutional Rights

WHEN:          12:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

WHERE:        Global Policy Forum

777 UN Plaza Suite 3d

New York, NY 10012

For more information please visit www.gazafreedommarch.org

 

PRESS RELEASE

REPRESENTATIVES FROM 43 COUNTRIES TO MARCH TO ISRAELI BORDER

One Year After Invasion Of Gaza 1,300 People Anticipated to Participate in March as Part of Global Effort to Lift Devastating Blockade

December 16, 2009, United Nations, NY — On December 31st, over one thousand representatives from 43 nations around the globe will convene at the Gaza/Egypt border as part of the Gaza Freedom March. The event is in response to a growing global initiative, to lift the crippling blockade on Gaza in order to allow food, medicine and rebuilding supplies to enter the Palestinian territory.

“As world leaders refuse to hold Israel accountable for the results of its horrific 22-day invasion, the representatives of 43 nations are determined to bring the global call to end the siege.” said Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK, one of the lead organizers. “The people of Gaza should have the right to freely enter and exit the territory, they should have the right to rebuild their homes, their schools, and their economy.”

Amongst the 1,300 international delegates participating in the March are some prominent names, including Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker, former Italian Vice President of European Parliament Luisa Morgantini, French Senator Alima Boumediene-Thiery leading Syrian comedian Duraid Lahham, author and Filipino Parliament member Walden Bello, and 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein.

Within Gaza’s borders, local groups have worked to ensure the participation of at least 50,000 local Palestinians. Including local unions, students, professors, refugee groups, women’s organizations, and civil society. “The delegates will walk alongside our citizens–fishermen, doctors, students, farmers, and see for themselves that this blockade affects virtually every sector of Palestinian society.” said university professor and local organizer Haidar Eid. “Others will be reunited with their families for the first time”

The international delegates, including international diplomats, doctors, lawyers, students, religious leaders, war veterans, women’s groups, and members of the Jewish community, will enter Gaza via Egypt during the last week of December. In the morning December 31, they will join Palestinians in a non-violent march from Northern Gaza to the Erez/Israeli border. On the Israeli side of the Erez border will be a gathering of Palestinians and Jews who are also calling on the Israeli government to open the border.

Internationally renowned human rights attorney and President of the U.S. based Center for Constitutional Rights, Michael Ratner, is participating in the delegation along with his wife and two children. “Gaza is a human rights tragedy that cannot be ignored. The human costs of the blockade are horrendous and amount to collective punishment. Israel must be held accountable for the blockade and the horrendous assault a year ago. As an international human rights attorney, I feel it is my responsibility to see for myself the atrocities detailed in Judge Goldstone’s meticulous UN report and to show the people of Gaza that not they are not forgotten.”

For more information please visit www.gazafreedommarch.org