Tue 29th December 2009
Holocaust survivor starts hunger strike to protest blockade of
An 85 year-old Holocaust survivor began a hunger strike in
Hedy Epstein is part of an international group that was set to enter
Epstein’s parents managed to help her escape to
Epstein remained outside a UN building in
Protests were also staged at the French Embassy where hundreds of French activists called on their embassy to pressure Egyptian authorities to allow them to make the journey to the Gazan border at El Arish.
Angus MacLean of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC), which has 12 delegates in the Egyptian capital, is pictured alongside Hedy Epstein. “She is a remarkable woman who campaigns for
SPSC chair, Mick Napier explained “on the anniversary of
“We have a responsibility to the 1.5 million Gazans now in their fourth year under this crippling blockade. The longer they prevent us from getting to
Notes for editors:
1. The Scottish
For further information, contact:
SPSC Secretary: Sofiah MacLeod: 0131 620 0052; 07931200361
2. SPSC has sent a delegation of 12 members to the march.
Blogs with participants’ details and photos can be found here:
Interviews with participants can be arranged on request.
3. Hedy Epstein (née Wachenheimer, 15 August, 1924-) is an American political activist known for her support of the Palestinian cause and anti-Zionism through the International Solidarity Movement and for her background as a refugee from Nazi Germany. Born in the Black Forest, she immigrated to the United States in 1948, and she currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri.
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