Thursday 24th December 2009
Scots group heads to
A Scottish group is set to join around two thousand internationals in a bid to break
Twelve members of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign will spend Christmas in
The “Gaza Freedom March” will bring together individuals and groups from all over world in what organisers describe as "an historic initiative to break the siege that has imprisoned the 1.5 million people who live there”.
The international group hopes to enter
A statement on the organisation’s website notes, “Dec. 27 will mark the first anniversary of the Israeli attack and invasion of the Gaza Strip. And although the Israeli tanks have left, the complete closure of the borders continues.”
The group hopes the march “will call worldwide attention to the ongoing humanitarian crisis… [and] force the leaders of our governments to tell
Mick Napier is chair of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC), one of hundreds of organisations sending delegations to the march. He explained, “Palestinians need to know that they are not alone, and Israeli ministers should know that they are.
“The United Nations has made clear that it believes
Also taking part is 85 year-old Holocaust survivor, Hedy Epstein. “I want to tell the people I meet in
Notes for editors:
1. The Scottish
For further information, contact:
SPSC Secretary: Sofiah MacLeod: 0131 620 0052; 07931200361
2. SPSC is sending a delegation of 12 members to the march; most will arrive in
Details of participants can be found here:
and a blog has been set up here:
Interviews with participants can be arranged on request.
The Gaza Freedom March has been organised by the International Coalition to End the Illegal Siege of Gaza, an umbrella group of individuals and organizations that share the goal of bringing an end to the blockade of the Gaza Strip. Members and/or endorsers include groups such as CODEPINK: Women for Peace, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, and Medical Aid for
For a complete list, visit here.
How likely is the march to be successful in achieving its objectives, since so many other demonstrations, etc. have not had an impact?
No one event or activity will end the siege of the Gaza Strip or the Israeli occupation overall. However, we believe we are at a critical juncture in global public opinion, with citizens and governments becoming increasingly critical of Israeli policies. The tipping point, when
For more information on the Gaza Freedom March, visit: www.gazafreedommarch.com
The Press Room can be found here: www.gazafreedommarch.com/article.php?id=5025
A Press Pack can be downloaded here: www.gazafreedommarch.com/downloads/PRESS%20PACK.pdf