The Gaza Freedom March
By Lee Gargagliano at Dec 11, 2009
This is my first blog post and I wanted to start by talking about a trip I will be going on in a few short weeks.
This January over a thousand people will gather in Gaza as part of the Gaza Freedom March to condemn and demand an end to Israel's siege of Gaza. Since 2006, when Palestinians elected the "wrong" people to represent them, Israel has been imposing a more severe collective punishment (the occupation itself is a massive form of collective punishment) on the people of Gaza. Gaza has been turned into a ghetto in the most literal sense of the world. People are unable to enter or exit through any borders; goods are not allowed in or out, completely crippling what little economy there was before the siege; access to goods as basic as concrete for building or foodstuffs needs to be smuggled in through underground tunnels that are frequent targets of Israeli bombings under the cynical justification that they are supposedly used for smuggling weapons. For an update of the human rights situation in Gaza and the other parts of Occupied Palestine , see the weekly updates researched and posted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights.
At home in Chicago I organize with the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and teach pre-GED classes at a couple different community centers. I am hoping that this blog will serve as a place for me to reflect on my activism as well as my experiences as a teacher.