Danish activist Mads Gram on why he took part in Gaza 2020: Breaking the Siege’s attempt to cut the Israeli barrier fence and enter Gaza.
Lisa Duscheck, 28, who is an Austrian entrepreneur and activist in multiple humanitarian organizations, talks about why she joined Gaza 2020: Breaking the Siege and wants to cut the Israeli barrier fence around Gaza.
British activist Julia Lister, 26, a teacher, photographer, and Palestinian rights activist, talks about why she took part in Gaza 2020: Breaking the Siege’s attempt to symbolically break the Israeli siege on Gaza by cutting the barrier fence and entering the besieged strip, and what British can do to oppose the occupation of Palestine and blockade on Gaza.
“I would like to remind the people of Britain that we can start movements at grassroots level to put pressure on MPs, urging them to change policies and withdraw our country’s support for the Israeli occupation and apartheid regime. I would like to ask the British public to join us in demanding an end to the 13-year blockade of the Gaza strip and the countless routine violations of international law and basic human rights perpetrated by the Israeli government and its occupying forces.”
Finnish sociologist and member of Parliament since 2011 Anna Kontula (Left Alliance), talks about why she took part in Gaza 2020: Breaking the Siege’s attempt to symbolically break the Israeli siege on Gaza by cutting the barrier fence and entering the besieged strip, Finnish arms sales to Israel, and imprisonment of 2 million Gazan civillians through Israel’s “illegal occupation policy.”
Gaza 2020: Breaking the siege is a group of international activists seeking to break Israel’s inhumane siege on 2 million Gazans and call attention to the humanitarian disaster created in the Gaza Strip. Our aim is to symbolically break the siege of Gaza by cutting the fence and entering the strip by land for the first time in 2020-the year Gaza becomes uninhabitable, according to the UN.
However, our international delegation of activists were arrested by Israeli forces when they tried to cut through the Gaza barrier fence and held for interrogation for over 10 hours at the Ofakim police station in the south of Israel.
Gaza 2020 Breaking the Siege will continue to work to end the Israeli blockade on 2 million Gazans and enter the Strip. We call on the international community to pressure the Israeli government to immediately lift it’s medieval siege on Gaza and allow unimpeded access to humanitarian assistance, restore the human rights of Gazans and the right of return for Palestinian refugees forcibly expelled from their homes in 1948 and 1967 – and to join the overwhelming majority of Palestinian civil society sectors calling on the international community to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel until it complies with international law.