On December 27, 2009, on the one-year memorial of the major Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, concerned people from around the world met in Cairo to travel to Gaza, despite the siege, for the Gaza Freedom March, calling for an end to the siege of Gaza. Only 100 marchers were allowed into Gaza; protests in Cairo generated international attention. Over 150 solidarity actions occurred around the world including Israel, the West Bank, Switzerland, New York, and Minnesota.
What will you do to help lift the siege of Gaza? Take action at http://www.codepink.org and http://www.gazafreedommarch.org. This video includes the voices of Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, Palestinian teacher and activist Dr. Mustafa El-Hawi, Ret. Col. Ann Wright, Center for Constitutional Rights president Michael Ratner, CODEPINK and Global Exchange cofounder Medea Benjamin, and others.
This Free Gaza video is an interview with a great woman, Hedy Epstein, just turned 85. She has dedicated her life to working for peace and human rights. In June she was going to sail to Gaza with the other 21 volunteers on board the Spirit of Humanity. But she was attacked just days before she was to leave for Cyprus. She was walking home, when she was thrown on the ground, cutting both knees and gashing her chin. She talks to us from her home in St. Louis, Missouri.
interview by Dianne Lee
Footage : ISM Palestine palsolidarity.org
Images : Sameh A. Habeeb
Images : The Free Gaza Movement freegaza.org
Images : MachsomWacth maschsomwatch.org
Sound track : Plastilina Luminosa
Hedy Epstein, is a German Jewish Holocaust survivor, born in 1924, whose parents were sent to Auschwitz in 1942, where they perished. In 1948, Hedy Epstein went to live in United States. In 2003, she decided to make a trip to Palestine. Shocked by the oppression that the Israeli government is imposing on the Palestinians, she is, since then, devoting herself to make it known to the world. In the interview she gave to the Swiss journalist Silvia Cattori, Hedy Epstein speaks, with her gentle and mild voice, about her last travel to Palestine after a moving visit to one of several concentration camps to which her parents were deported. And she said: “I would like to dedicate this interview to the children of Gaza, whose parents cannot protect them or send them away to safety as my parents did when they sent me to England in May 1939 on a Kindertransport” (1)Continue reading →