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Tomorrow in NY, 21 groups will call on Egypt to open gates to Gaza

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Egypt's side of Rafah border crossing

Egypt’s side of Rafah border crossing

Brooklyn for Peace has announced a protest tomorrow afternoon at the Egyptian consulate in New York calling on the country to open Gaza. Notice that 21 groups are signatories. Facebook link is here. From the press release:

Please join us on January 4 to defend Gaza against Egypt’s closing the Rafah Crossing to Gaza.

Gaza Needs Our Help!

Please join us in calling on Egypt to open the Rafah Crossing gates

Saturday 4 January 2014, 1:00-2:30pm

Egypt Consulate, 1110 Second Avenue between 58-59 Streets, NYC

Recent storms and flooding have added to Gaza ’s woes but the underlying problems remain the same:

In September 2011, five independent UN rights experts made a report to the UN Human Rights Council which said that Israel’s siege of Gaza amounted to collective punishment of the Palestinian people and was a “flagrant contravention of international human rights and humanitarian law” under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Now Egypt is making a dire situation even worse by restricting movement of critical food, fuel, and aid to Gaza and preventing people from moving across the border for study or for medical care.

The International Red Cross and the United Nations have found the Israeli regime’s siege of Gaza to be illegal under international law.

Now Egypt is doing Israel ’s dirty work!

Residents of Gaza are blockaded by land, sea and air.

Egypt: Open the Rafah Crossing gates!

Sponsored by Brooklyn For Peace

Co-sponsors:

Adalah-NY
Al-Awda NY
Arab American Association NY
Arab Muslim American Federation
Brooklyn College Students for Justice in Palestine
CUNY Law Students for Justice in Palestine
International Action Center

International Socialist Organization of NYC

Jewish Voice for Peace NY
Jewish Voice for Peace Westchester
Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
Middle East and North Africa Solidarity Network
Park Slope Food Coop Members for Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions
Park Slope United Methodist Church , Social Action Committee
Peace Action Staten Island

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid

The Riverside Church Israel Palestine Task Force
St. Michael’s Church Task Force on Israel-Palestine
Salam Arabic Lutheran Church
Veterans For Peace NYC Chapter 34

Brooklyn For Peace
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8 Responses

  1. Justpassingby
    Justpassingby
    January 3, 2014, 3:05 pm

    Great work!
    Egypt is doomed, a egyptian dictatorship that is more close to Israel than to Gaza.

  2. talknic
    talknic
    January 3, 2014, 5:28 pm

    Israel / Egypt peace treaty:

    Article III ……. Each Party undertakes to ensure that acts or threats of belligerency, hostility, or violence do not originate from and are not committed from within its territory, or by any forces subject to its control or by any other forces stationed on its territory , against the population, citizens or property of the other Party. Each Party also undertakes to refrain from organizing, instigating, inciting, assisting or participating in acts or threats of belligerency, hostility, subversion or violence against the other Party, anywhere, and undertakes to ensure that perpetrators of such acts are brought to justice etc http://www.avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/isregypt.asp#art3

    And BTW

    …. The Parties agree that the normal relationship established between them will include full recognition, diplomatic, economic and cultural relations, termination of economic boycotts and discriminatory barriers to the free movement of people and goods, and will guarantee the mutual enjoyment by citizens of the due process of law. etc (ibid)

  3. Justpassingby
    Justpassingby
    January 3, 2014, 6:10 pm

    Egypt is doomed with their military dictatorship and that are close to Israel.

  4. Daniel Rich
    Daniel Rich
    January 3, 2014, 7:35 pm

    You might as well ask Gaza to open the gates to hell. As long as US stooges remain in place and power, there will be no open gates to Gaza and the collective punishment and wanton destruction of anything valuable will continue until there’s something of a revolution in the US + EU. For now the window dressing looks great, but I guess the daily life of an average Palestinian is still very grim.

  5. Citizen
    Citizen
    January 4, 2014, 12:49 am

    I wonder who, from which political group inside Egypt decided to help Israel keep Gaza under siege? Couldn’t Egypt leadership take the stance that nothing in the treaty
    requires them to wall off their border neighbor, the Palestinian people of Gaza?

    Is it just that the Egyptian military still calls the shots, no matter who is elected to top political office in Egypt? That military gets a big chunk of US foreign aid. There’s been calls in congress to cut that aid (by AIPAC’s congress critters). Whenever foreign aid cuts have been brought up to help America’s horrible economic situation, Egypt is the aid recipient always brought out as the big example to cut off, even though Israel gets twice as much under the treaty formula (bought by US foreign aid dollars forever it seems)
    .
    All relevant polls have shown the Egyptian masses take the dimmest view of Israel; in one poll I saw their view was actually dimmer than the Palestinian view of Israel. I feel I’m missing something looking at Egypt’s actions in this regard since the Arab Spring….what is it?

    • Justpassingby
      Justpassingby
      January 4, 2014, 7:20 am

      Citizen

      I think you make a good summary/reply to your own question really.

      The military regime+american aid=problem.

    • JeffB
      JeffB
      January 4, 2014, 2:49 pm

      @Citizen

      The group is SCAF. Anyway they have good reasons.

      1) Arming Hamas. Egypt as a country has a sovereign obligation to control its exports to Gaza. They don’t want Israel responding by arming factions in Egypt that Israel likes. States who want good relations don’t arm one another’s guerrillas / terrorists.

      2) The Egyptian military (SCAF) hates Hamas and wants to see them fail. They want Egyptians to understand what an Islamic government means. Hamas is loyal to the Islamic Brotherhood.

      3) They don’t want the Islamic Brotherhood to turn Gaza into an out of country base of operations for violent resistance. Think the role that Laos played in Vietnam.

      4) SCAF blames the Palestinians for the rightward shift in Israeli public opinion in 2000 which they see as a danger to the region.

      5) They don’t want hundreds of thousands of refugees next time there is a dust up with Israel.

      etc… They Egyptian population tends to have a MW perspective: Palestinians are the good guys and Egypt should side with the good guys. SCAF tends to have a realistic perspective: the purpose of the Egyptian government is to advance the interests of the Egyptian people. The Palestinians are trying to get Egypt into a war with Israel and that’s very much against those interests.

      Now that the Liberals in Egypt are siding with SCAF I’m not sure there isn’t a majority which if they understood the issue better wouldn’t be anti-Palestinian. Its hard to tell, since strong SCAF supporters aren’t “swing voters” and thus their Palestinians presuppositions don’t get questioned.

  6. pmb1414
    pmb1414
    January 4, 2014, 10:50 am

    International Socialist Organization of NYC? Queers Against Israeli Apartheid? Oh well, as they say~ “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” At least the cause is just.

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