Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
Opinion Editorials, June 2009
International Movement to Open Rafah Border in Protest at the Egyptian-Palestinian Border
ccun.org, June 14, 2009
The Gaza Strip is still under a brutal Israeli siege and blockade despite the international outcries which accompanied and followed the Israeli terrorist war on Gaza last January. Participant in this siege are the governments of Egypt, US, and EU.
This family of parents, and four children have generations of history
in Gaza. They were prompted, the father explained to me, to return this
summer at considerable expense because 2 young nephews had been accidently
killed during the recent war. He went on to say that this trip was to
visit family whom they deeply love and want to see before more violence
takes more lives.At about 3 p.m. we were called back to the border
where rather than being allowed to cross, we were told, "No one will cross
today, come back tomorrow." Everyone was shocked, Dismay gave way to the
palpable pain in the faces of the Palestinians. I looked for the family
from Texas. The father had taken a taxi to pick up the family's belongings
encouraged by the taking of the passports. He had rushed hoping to get
back before his family crossed the border. After calling to tell him of
the changes his wife in tears said to me, "This is so humiliating."
My quote for the day, " We are here to comfort the afflicted and to
afflict the comfortable."
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