Egypt allows 400 activists to enter Gaza

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Gaza City November 17, 2012 Photo: Marah Elwadia
Egyptians Activists Occupy Gaza Photo: Mahmood Abdulmonem

As Israel continues to pound Gaza for the 5th day Egyptian authorities have allowed a five bus convoy of 400 activists to enter Gaza thru the Rafah border in solidarity with Gazans under siege. This represents a radical departure from the policies of the Mubarak regime during Israel’s ’08-’09 war on Gaza.

The activists are also delivering much needed medical supplies and humanitarian aid to Al Shifaa Hospital, in Gaza, in coordination with the Egyptian Red Crescent.


“We want the free world to stop the onslaught on defenseless civilians,” said Mahmoud Ali of the Constitution Party, according to state-owned news agency MENA. “We want to relay to the steadfast Palestinian people the support of all Egyptians.”


A five-bus convoy transporting members of several Egyptian parties and political movements arrived at the country’s Rafah border crossing with Gaza, officials said.

“We all entered through Rafah border … 100s now attempting to enter Gaza,” activist Gigi Ibrahim said on her Twitter account, according to AFP.

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15 Responses

  1. Les
    November 18, 2012, 6:12 pm

    Thank you Annie. This a wonderful and hugely significant breakthrough. Thanks too, to the Arab Spring.

  2. dimadok
    November 18, 2012, 6:12 pm

    And Israel allows 170 trucks of medical supplies and food-the question is, which is more helpful?

    • Les
      November 18, 2012, 7:37 pm

      “allows” says it all. That is unless you meant to be sarcastic.

      • eljay
        November 18, 2012, 7:42 pm

        I condemn both Egypt’s and Israel’s military blockades of Gaza. Both countries should immediately lift their blockades and – in conjunction with a complete halt by Israel to its 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction and murder, a campaign it has the power to halt immediately and completely – they should work toward improving the lives and livelihoods (incl. infrastructure and economy) of the citizens of Gaza.

  3. maggielorraine
    November 18, 2012, 7:04 pm

    Dimadope, Let me ask you a question. If I locked you and your family in a cage for years, should I still get a pat on the back for giving you dinner while I beat your parents to death?

    Israel is the occupying power, which according to international laws requires that it provide for the occupied population. Israel has flagrantly violated international law in this regard, by instead putting Gaza under siege, causing inter alia a medical crisis where medications and equipment (not to mention electrical power, fuel and clean water) are scant.

    The amount of trucks it “allows” to enter Gaza (do you not see anything wrong with that statement in and of itself?? Israel “allows” Gaza to have food and medicine? OH WOW!) still doesn’t meet the totals of what was imported before the siege began. See the work of the NGO Gisha to compare truckloads here:

    Israel should not be commended for “allowing” people to eat, especially when the supplies are still not enough, especially when Gazans wouldn’t need so much medical equipment if Israel weren’t attacking an occupied population stuck in an open-air prison with nowhere to run to, especially when Gazans wouldn’t rely so much on the goodwill of their oppressor if they were allowed to have a functioning economy, especially when t Palestinians are revolting in the first place because of ethnic cleansing, occupation, collective punishment and the denial of their basic human rights.

    You are absolutely sick.

  4. Les
    November 18, 2012, 7:14 pm

    Here’s an Onion headline too good not to share:

    “Israel Calls For Increase In U.S. Taxes To Fund Attacks On Gaza”,30423/

  5. Walid
    November 18, 2012, 10:08 pm

    Annie, this is a gimmick but of the Arab kind this time. How many Gazans are being allowed to exit through Rafah or at least given shelter on the Egyptian side of the border?

    • Annie Robbins
      November 19, 2012, 12:40 am

      not enough walid

      • Walid
        November 19, 2012, 3:00 am

        Annie, it’s not as if the 400 are like the 600 that rode into the valley of death. Letting the 400 activists into Gaza is just as fruitful as the Arab League having another emergency session to discuss Israeli massacres of Palestinians and unless they are mostly doctors and nurses, they will probably be in the way. Letting the 400 activists enter Gaza, serves to let President Morsi off the hook and he’s a Brother, just like the Hamas people so it gives you an idea of what not to expect from the Arabs. No change from the days of Mubarak. It seems that the only ones willing to help the Palestinians are the rulers of Qatar.

  6. Obsidian
    November 19, 2012, 12:13 am

    A gimmick? Not allowing Gazan civilians to leave a war zone sounds like Hamas is holding civilians as hostage, human shields.

    • Annie Robbins
      November 19, 2012, 12:40 am

      sounds like Hamas is holding civilians as hostage

      there are over 1.5million people there. i’m sure there would be some evidence of this if it was the case. care to do some googling to substantiate?

    • Avi_G.
      November 19, 2012, 1:07 am

      Not only is Hamas holding them hostage, using them as human shields, they are also grinding the intestines of Gazans and using them to make hot dogs. How do I know that? It’s simple, they are Moslem, and Moslems are monsters, sub-human; they do that kind of stuff for fun, unlike the civilized Western Jews.

      Now in all seriousness, when you’re finished dehumanizing and propagandizing see if you can muster the courage to grow up.

    • Walid
      November 19, 2012, 2:41 am

      Obsidian, those navy ships off Gaza shores not allowing anything or anyone into or out of Gaza are not Hamas’.

  7. Les
    November 19, 2012, 1:41 pm

    Is there any evidence that humanitarian minded Israel has opened up its border with Gaza to let Palestinians flee?

  8. Joseph Glatzer
    November 21, 2012, 1:04 am

    Palestinians in Gaza need a political solution and a boycott of Israel, not humanitarian aid and supplies. If Egypt wants to help Palestinians, they can tear up the treaty with Israel. When I went on Gaza Freedom March, the Egyptian Red Crescent gave us roses on our bus after the Egyptian regime refused to let us through for days. So, please can we have a bit more skepticism in regards to this publicity stunt?

    It must be nice to pull of a siege of Gaza, maintain military coordination with Israel and training and money from the US, keep the Rafah border closed for the most part, and then all you have to do is send a few fucking aid trucks and the pro-Palestinian activists will hail the action as a huge breakthrough and amazing and wonderful.

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