Gaza delegation, in Gaza City: Susan Adelman’s diary

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Sun, Mar 8, 2009

Citizen Diplomacy, Gaza, Press, Remind Obama

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Here’s another update from Susan Adelman, in Gaza City now!

The Egyptians blinked!! We were contacted by the Egyptian Red Crescent just before dinner on the 7th and told that they and the Palestinian Red Crescent would facilitate the transportation of our relief supplies from Egypt to Palestine. This was a BIG signal. They also mentioned that Mrs. Mubarak was “very interested” in our International Women’s day project. At that point we knew that they Egyptian government did not want 60 international human rights activist camping out with big banners, Alice Walker and Rachel Corrie’s parents at the Rafah Gate. So…. Yesterday morning we set out from El Arish at 9 a.m. and after lots of bureaucratic screw-ups — including that LAST passport which was found on the copy machine — we were in Raffa, Palestine, where we were met by the mayor and had a press conference. We arrived, exhausted but exhilarated, in Gaza City at 5 p.m. and, after a brief lecture/q&a on the actual conditions in Palestine and hopes/despair for the future, we dispersed, some of us to the homes of Palestinians and some to hotels. Some of us stayed with a man who is a paramedic, studying to be a nurse. It was his ambulance which picked up Rachel Corrie’s body when she was mowed down by and Israeli bulldozer. More later about our families and our IWD events.

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  • http://fba1221.blogspot.com Fiona

    WooHoo! I’ll be wearing my pink ribbon around my neck at work today in support of and honoring all those women who have and will make a difference. Thank-you.

  • Sporkmaster

    I would be interested in some of those stories. Also what is the local opinon of Hamas and Fatah?

  • Christine Rainwater

    I’m SO PROUD of my CodePink sisters!!!

  • http://www.wilpf.org Odile Hugonot Haber

    Good to know you made it in Gaza!
    Bravo! Thank you for your news.
    Odile Hugonot Haber

  • http://diaryofapeaceactivist.blogspot.com/ LilyLiberty

    So glad you made it to gaza- please send us more information so we can post it to our blogs and send it to the press
    Sue Eleuterio

  • Jill Bloom

    My heart and soul have been in Gaza for so many years and it has ached constantly until I found out about the work of Code Pink in Gaza. You know, I heard you at the convention and I saw you in front of the Federal Building in Westwood many years ago, but now I stand with you.

  • Martine

    So happy and pleased to hear the news that you’ve all made it safely and are visiting with people in Gaza!! Hurray!

    Give our love and hugs to all the people from their sisters in Washington, DC!

    Free Free Gaza!!!!

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