This is frustrating, but not entirely unexpected: no delegation, large or small, that entered Gaza over the past 12 months has ever received a final OK before arriving at the Rafah border. Most delegations were discouraged from even heading out of Cairo to Rafah. Some had their buses stopped on the way. Some have been told outright that they could not go into Gaza. But after public and political pressure, the Egyptian government changed its position and let them pass.
The efforts and plans of the Michigan Peace Team will not be altered at this point. But we need your help! Public Pressure does work!
We have set out to break the siege of Gaza and march on December 31 against the blockade. We are continuing in the same direction.
Contact the Palestine Division in Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cairo Ahmed Azzam, tel +202-25749682 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the U.S., contact the Egyptian Embassy, 202-895-5400 and ask for Omar Youssef or email email@example.com
Thanks friends! (sample letter below)
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I am writing/calling to express my full support for the December 31, 2009 Gaza Freedom March. I urge the Egyptian government to allow the 1,300 international delegates to enter the Gaza Strip through Egypt.
The aim of the march is to call on Israel to lift the siege. The delegates will also take in badly needed medical aid, as well as school supplies and winter jackets for the children of Gaza.
Please, let this historic March proceed.