The Egyptian authorities have told the organizers of the Gaza Freedom March once, twice, three times and four that we can’t go to Gaza, but the organizers will go back a fifth, sixth and seventh time, Medea Benjamin promised outside the U.N. offices in Cario here today. Still, it doesn’t look good for our year-end march. The chances are “less than zero,” says a friend.
Yet I have to say that the broken Gaza Freedom March has been a great achievement. How can that be, when we are going stir in Cairo? Well an international conversation over the issue is taking place here among the most diverse collection of people. I keep thinking of ways to convey just how inspiring that is. One minute you are talking with a slim, proper Japanese man. Then a minute later an Egyptian youth is telling you that Gaza thanks you for your moral solidarity. Then a minute after that Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb is saying that she came here to march, and she will march. Borders have fallen away here, and the American frame is gone. On my plane I met a kid from Jersey who had done the free Jewish “birthright” trip a year ago and whose Jewish friends have been angered at his decision to come here, but when I saw him today, he seemed enthralled, transformed, way down the path of education, in a pink scarf.
The Road to Gaza
by Raja Chemayel
Different ways to transport the goods to Gaza
Thousands of world activists are trying to reach Gaza
with about a thousand tons of humanitarian-emergency-goods.
There is a dilemma, here, for the Masters of the game :
If those activist are forbidden to reach Gaza
it will prove that the Egyptian Regime is a dirty-dictatorship
and equally that it is an inhumane one......
and also that it qualifies for treason.
If they reach Gaza , somehow , it will remind to the world that
one and a half Million civilians were starved,deprived and besieged.
Which will reconfirm the nature of the Sate of Israel .
If it were a Hollywood film ,
then the happy ending would come
whereas Moses succeeds in crossing the Sinai-desert ,
like those activists could do, and that Mubarak shall drawn in the Red-Sea
like his predecessors did .
But today Hollywood has less to say , or to do.....
so the end-scenario comes from Tel Aviv :
1- all activists must come via Israel and consume 3 nights
in Israeli hotels , restaurants and Taxis.
2- they may do their shopping only of Israeli-produced-humanitarian-goods
3- they may deposit those goods at the Gaza-Israel-borders only
where a 14% export duties shall be paid and 16% V.A..T tax
and a surplus of 32 % as transportation-fees.
4- once the goods reach inside Gaza , the priority with the distribution
shall be given to the informers of Israel , still stationed there.
The "happy end "
shall consist in the fact that Mubarak shall not drawn
and Netanyahu shall get the Nobel Peace Prize.
Eng. Moustafa Roosenbloom
customs-clearing-agent at Eretz.