November 12, 2023
I have the honor of representing Veterans For Peace on an international delegation currently in Cairo, Egypt.
We are seeking permission to travel to the Rafah border crossing with Gaza, where hundreds of trucks loaded with humanitarian aid are being held up. We are calling for an immediate end to the US-backed Israeli slaughter of innocents in Gaza. And we are calling for the border with Egypt to be opened up to allow the massive delivery of desperately needed food, water, medicine and fuel.
We are among the first of many international humanitarian and human rights delegations that are heading for the Gaza border in order to provide practical and moral support to the Palestinian people.
We encourage people all over the world -- and especially in the United States -- to continue pressing for a Ceasefire, Humanitarian Aid, the Release of All Prisoners, and Negotiations that respect the Palestinians' right to Survival, Dignity, and Self-Determination.
Press release released today, Sunday, November 12
We are an international delegation of writers, lawyers, journalists, activists, students, and organizers who arrived in Cairo, Egypt this week with the goal of reaching the Rafah border crossing with Gaza to exert pressure to open the border for the immediate entry and sustained flow of urgent humanitarian aid—food, water, fuel, and medical aid to 2.3 million Palestinians facing starvation and death as genocidal Israeli airstrikes continuously pound defenseless civilians.
In response to the Palestinian and Arab calls for civil society to challenge Israel’s deadly occupation by heading immediately towards the Egyptian-Palestinian crossing to bring urgent humanitarian relief to 2.3 million people, we have just submitted a request to the Egyptian authorities for permission to travel to Rafah.
Israel’s wanton bombing has killed over 11,000 people, a shocking number of whom are children who were gruesomely buried alive in their bombed homes or had their bodies shredded by these bombs. Thousands more remain unreachable under the rubble, and over 27,000 are injured. Water, food, fuel, and medical supplies have been cut off, with only a trickle of aid trucks making it through the Rafah crossing.
The healthcare sector has completely collapsed, either through direct Israeli bombing or from lack of medicine and electricity to treat patients. Israel’s targeting of civilians includes destruction of more than 50 percent of homes in Gaza, nearly all bakeries, water treatment plants, schools, clinics, and other infrastructures for life.
As Palestinians in Gaza teeter on the brink of life, without sustenance or shelter, we call for an immediate end to Israel’s barbaric bombing and invasion of Gaza. We call on the world to intervene in any and every capacity to end the ongoing genocidal attacks against a defenseless civilian society, which has been unrelentingly terrorized for 35 days.
We urge all peoples and governments to act urgently to end this horror. There are hundreds of aid trucks currently parked in the desert waiting to enter the Rafah crossing. We demand they be allowed to reach Palestinians whose needs are dire and desperate.
Stop Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza Now!
Open the Rafah border Now!
For questions, contact:
Susan Abulhawa: +1.267.391.5386
Suzanne Adely: +1.773.510.7446
Philly Palestine Coalition
Black Alliance for Peace
International Association of Democratic Lawyers
National Lawyers Guild
Workers World Party
United National Antiwar Coalition
Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees
Free Julian Assange Committee
International Action Center
Veterans For Peace
US Peace Council
Real News Network
Black Agenda Report
Diario do Centro do Mundo (Brazil)