On the Flight to
Our goal: to draw attention to
We intend to shed light on the terrible suffering of the 1.5 million people subsisting in the desperate little piece of land called the Gaza Strip. We hope that if people world-wide understand what is happening, something will be done—and the people of
On the anniversary of last year’s horrific attack on
We have all agreed to abide by non-violence guidelines. We know, of course, that the forces for violence in the region are entrenched and powerful, but we believe that our non-violent witness will be part of a moral force pushing back against war and injustice. We hope that our presence can show the world that change is both possible and necessary. Because of this hope, we have given up our Christmas holidays, and each of us has dedicated two thousand dollars or more for expenses—a small cost, indeed, given what we would like to accomplish.
Everyone has packed a few items to bring to people in
My offerings are pathetic, given the vast need, but it is all I could carry.
A few days ago, we learned that the Egyptian government has decided to prevent us from entering into
Even after learning of the Egyptian decision, almost everyone decided to go ahead and travel to Cairo, hoping that Egypt will relent and allow us entry, and if that doesn’t happen, that we can mount a public protest in Cairo, even though doing so might well lead to our arrests.
Egyptian authorities have told March organizers that if anyone displays banners or protest signs, or if people gather in groups larger than six, we will be arrested. None of us want to be arrested, especially in
We are the voice of the voiceless, the arms of those physically held captive, the eyes of those blinded by hate.
There are those of us who resist because we have no choice, we resist to live. And there are those of us who know that no one is free until we are all free, and we use our bodies and the privilege of our relative freedom to resist oppression in all its forms.
There is no time for words without action. Here in Bil’in, we will be demonstrating in solidarity with
We have learned that
So, somehow, we will take a stand in
[i][i] HUMAN RIGHTS IN PALESTINE AND OTHER OCCUPIED ARAB TERRITORIES, Report of the United Nations Fact Finding