Gaza freedom marchers expose Egypt

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Nearly 1,400 international activists from 43 countries planned to march into Gaza in late December to protest with Palestinians against Israel’s deadly blockade. It was to be a gripping memorial and condemnation of Israel’s genocidal invasion of Gaza in December 2008.

Egypt, colluding as usual with the U.S., stymied the march by blocking their way in the name of “national security.” So instead, angry protesters took to the streets of Cairo to get their message out, and also challenged their own embassies for pro-Israel foreign policies. The largest delegations were from France, the U.S., Britain, Canada, and Italy.

The Palestinian fight for sovereignty is often portrayed as a religious or ethnic battle — Arabs vs. Jews. But the Egyptian government’s enforcement of Israel’s blockade of Gaza is powerful proof that it is really a class struggle between haves and have-nots that crosses borders.

Right on to the Gaza freedom marchers for reinforcing this fundamental point, and for their “Cairo Declaration” that fortifies the international campaign to boycott, divest and sanction Israeli apartheid.

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