I’m back in the UK. It is nearly a year since I left here to be part of making the FreeGaza project happen, pretty much expecting to end up in Israeli prison – the one thing that didn’t happen! Instead, we reached Gaza and it became inextricably part of my life. I don’t really have the words to thank you all, old friends and new both, for the emotional, financial and political support you have given both me and my Gaza friends over this year.
It was amazing to me to find I had an audience beyond my friends (who have always been very wonderful) for this blog, but I don’t flatter myself that was about me; I share the same frustration as you with the corporate media. Thank you for being determined to seek out ways independent of them to hear Gaza’s stories.
I’m available for talks, or maybe blog post readings even, this summer in the UK, you can see more details here. If you’d like to have me, I’ll do my best to get to you. In September I will begin my midwifery degree…with a plan to do my student placement in Gaza, of course!
This blog may go quiet (for now!) but Gaza stories of course will continue. Today – the Hope Convoy, refused entry to Gaza by Egypt, have set up their sleeping bags in the Rafah border hall. Three British medics are already there, hunger striking at Egypt’s refusual to let them in. And Israel just dropped a bunch of fliers over Gaza making it official that the border farmers and residents are targets for shooting “if within 300 metres”.
As E points out in her blog: “Since the end of the war on Gaza, January 18, Israeli soldiers have killed at least 3 people in the border region, including a child, and have injured another 12, including 3 minors and 2 women, and many of these injuries have occurred at distances greater than 300m, greater even than 500m, from the fence. The injured and killed have been clearly unarmed, visibly no threat to well-armed Israeli soldiers.”
Please continue listening, via E’s blog or any of the others in my links section for example, and take action as you can – for the fishermen, the farmers, the prisoners, the emergency workers, but in the end for all Palestinians who live under Israel’s Occupation.
The Occupation will end. The wall will fall. Palestine WILL be free.
PS. I will be still tweaking and tidying a few things on the blog to try and make it a good historical document of these Gaza days, and a useful campaigning and information resource. And, I hardly like to mention it when nothing’s settled, but there is a possibility it may turn into a book. And if that happens I will for sure post a notice here!
PPS. What with the above things, I’ve got quite a few tasks to get through, if anyone would like to lend a hand briefly then let me know. I’m not great at delegating but would like the chance to try to improve…
PPPS. Speaking of the Gaza border…check out the animation Closed Zone – it’s got it exactly right! And my friend Ruth has just arrived for a week in the West Bank if you would like to hear what she finds there at her Ruth in Palestine blog.