Gaza: “End the Siege”

In January, CPTers joined 2000 people in a huge convoy, organized by Israeli peace and human rights groups, carrying seven tons of food and supplies to protest the Israeli attacks and blockade of Gaza.

During a program near the Gaza border, the crowd heard from Nurit Peled Elhanan, an Israeli peace activist whose daughter was killed by a suicide bomber, and Dr. Eyad al-Sarraj from within Gaza who spoke through his cell phone declaring, “Every drop of blood is a crime against humanity.” 

Shir Shodzik, a young Israeli woman from the village of Sderot near the Gaza border told those gathered, “For seven years I have suffered from the Qassam rockets [launched from Gaza].  I know that the people on the other side are also suffering very much.  That’s why I am here.  There is no need for violence in order to solve this situation.”

In late February as the Gaza death toll approached 100, protests and clashes erupted in Hebron as well.

At midnight on February 25, Israeli Special Forces in ten jeeps and two armored personnel carriers invaded the Palestinian-controlled area of Hebron (H1) and confiscated properties of the Islamic Charitable Society and adjacent buildings and land.  “Islamic Charities helps children and old people,” said Tarik Sharif, whose five-year-old son received an eviction notice from his nursery school funded by the organization.  “The army closed the offices and confiscated all of the equipment, even the buses that take the children to school.  What will poor people do now?”

On March 1 in Beit Ummar, an Israeli settler from Karme Tzur fired toward unarmed Palestinians pruning trees on their land.  The next day the Israeli army shot and killed a 12-year-old boy in Hebron.

CPTers visited people wounded in the clashes at Alia Hospital in Hebron.  Most of the 75 people hospitalized for their injuries were schoolboys.