Sunday, October 26, 2008

Demonstration At Erez Checkpoint

At 2:00 pm today, two busloads of demonstrators, the participants who were denied access to the Gaza Community Health Center Conference in Gaza, arrived at the Erez Checkpoint for a demonstration to protest the Israeli Army's refusal to permit entry to Gaza.  The buses brought participants from many countries, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Israel, Great Britain, and the United States.  Almost our entire delegation of 15 attended the demonstration.  After marching around the Erez parking lot and speaking with press from around the world, we marched to the Erez terminal gate and changed "Let Gaza Live" and "Build Bridges Not Walls" and "Let the Doctors In" and "Let the Gazans Out."  After the first half hour, the security forces on duty pushed the demonstration away from the gate and the demonstration took up another area to continue chanting and speaking with the press.  We have been told that the story has been running on local Israeli news all afternoon.  Pictures to follow.  Kudos to Alan Meyers from AJJP,  the staff of PHR Israel and the Conference.

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