Saturday, 28 March 2009

Call for an international movement to open the Rafah border

The following call was posted today on the VIVA PALESTINE site. To sign the international petition or join the call, visit the site:

Don't let Gaza die. After the massacre of the people of Gaza by the Israeli army that started on December, 27th 2008, the world was moved at the plight of Palestinians. But Gaza remains closed almost hermetically, humanitarian convoys accumulate at the border and only a small part is allowed to enter. Similarly, citizens of various countries, including many Palestinians are stranded in Egypt.

We, citizens of the world, oppose this illegal and deadly blockade, tolerated, not to say encouraged by most governments of the world, especially those of USA, Israel, Europe and many of the Arab countries. Once again, it seems that only civil society is able to mobilize to demand the application of the basic rights of people that are echoed in international law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (December, 10th 1948).*

Therefore, we call any individual or group (association, organisation, party, etc.) to participate, within its means, to establish a permanent sit-in at the border in Rafah, to put pressure on the Egyptian, US, European and Israeli governments, and also on the international community, until the definitive opening of the border between Gaza and Egypt, allowing the free movement of goods and people. TO FREE GAZA, TO BREAK THE SIEGE, FOR FREE MOVEMENT OF ALL AT RAFAH , NOW ! * Article 13. (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. * (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country. Enquires and endorsements please contact:

Posted by Frances Laing

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