Published on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 by Al Jazeera
Freedom March: Activists Reject
by Al Jazeera
Members of an international group gathered in
Hedy Epstein, 85, (L) a a
Organizers of the
Egyptian authorities had initially said the group would not be allowed to cross the border, citing security reasons and a "sensitive situation".
The activists were hoping to march into
However, both it and the Israeli-controlled border points have largely remained sealed since 2007, when Palestinian faction Hamas took full control of the territory after brutal infighting with rivals Fatah.
March organizers had called the Egyptian government's concession a "partial victory" but said the offer was not sufficient.
Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada and a participant in the march, posted to his blog, saying that "it's not enough and the pressure and protests should be kept up".
"However, getting 100 or 1,300 into
Roqayah Chamseddine, a US student attending the march, told Al Jazeera: "Our mission is not to be divided and sending only 100 of over 1,300 would be doing just that.
"For anyone to claim that
"Those borders must be opened and as long as
Earlier on Tuesday, around 40
On Sunday and Monday, about 80 people held a sit-in outside the French embassy to try to rally international support for the movement.
Others, such as
A separate aid convoy, which had been trying to reach
The Viva Palestina convoy, carrying 210 lorries full of humanitarian aid for the people of
It is now expected to set sail from the Syrian
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