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
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