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Blocking Freedom Marcher/Viva Palestina Aid to Gaza

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The same day, Al-Jazeera reported that hundreds of Israelis and Arab activists protested against the siege in central Tel Aviv chanting "Freedom and Justice in Gaza." They demanded an end to the blockade, calling it a "war crime," according to the AFP new agency.


Besides wanting access to Gaza and the siege ended, marchers want to stop Egypt (with US Army Corps of Engineers help and congressional funding) from building a 9 - 10 km long iron wall across its Gaza border, extending up to 30 meters below ground to prevent essential goods from the Strip through hundreds of tunnels.


Washington, Israel and Egypt call it "smuggling." Gazans say it's a vital lifeline bringing in food, medicines, fuel, and other essentials in whatever amounts possible, way short of what's needed, but important nonetheless.


Gaza Freedom Marchers persist and on January 1 issued their Cairo Declaration saying:


"We, international delegates meeting in Cairo during the Gaza Freedom March 2009 in collective response to an initiative from the South African delegation, state:


In view of:


-- Israel's ongoing collective punishment of Palestinians through the illegal occupation and siege of Gaza;


-- the illegal occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the continued construction of the illegal Apartheid Wall and settlements;


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