Alice Walker protesting in Gaza UPDATE
by MainStreet, Sun Mar 08, 2009 at 01:31:01 PM EDT
Haaretz, the liberal Israeli newspaper, reported this story by the Associated Press earlier today.
Alice Walker, the author of 'The Color Purple' is visiting Gaza as part of a Code Pink contingent of 60 women entering Gaza in sympathy with the women of Gaza, who recently experienced the massacres of their children and families, and even of themselves.
What was on Alice Walker's mind to inspire her to take this long trip? Here's what was reported:
The Associated Press
Pulitzer-prize winning author Alice Walker, who wrote The Color Purple, is traveling to Gaza along with other female activists to highlight the devastation of the Israeli offensive on Gaza's residents. "I feel that what is happening in the Middle East is very important because the situation is so volatile," said Walker, speaking by telephone Saturday from the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt as her group waited to travel into the Strip.
Walker is part of a group of about 60 women going to Gaza to deliver aid and meet with NGOs and residents. The trip, organized by the U.S. anti-war group Code Pink, is intended to "push both Israel and Egypt to open the borders into Gaza," said Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink who helped organize the trip.
Yesterday the Code Pink women were allowed entry into Gaza.
Another interesting story came through PressTV afterward: Alice Walker holds US liable for Gaza war.
Walker stated in the AP interview that the US administration should be held accountable for Israel's aggression against the people of Gaza. She added, "I love people, and I love children and I feel that the Palestinian child is just as precious as the African-American child, as the Jewish child." Over 411 Palestinian children were killed during Israel's attack.
Comments about the Code Pink trip from Alice Walker's site were also telling of her motives.
Going to Gaza is our opportunity...to express solidarity with the people there. To demonstrate the concern we feel each day for the suffering endured. To remind the people of Gaza and ourselves that we belong to the same world: the world where grief is not only acknowledged, but shared; where we see injustice and call it by its name; where we see suffering and know the one who stands and sees is also harmed, but not nearly so much as the one who stands and sees and says and does nothing. We can bring our witness, one of life's strongest gifts, as others have come to our side, witnessing our struggle, when life appeared impossible to bear. When all is lost, or nearly lost, tenderness remains, or could. We can offer what we are.
"... one who stands and sees and says and does nothing."
Thanks Alice, for speaking up. Someday, the Democrat party and the Obama administration may join you. In fact, someday all Americans may join you,
(Apologize for putting up this second Gaza diary so soon, but Alice Walker and the Code Pink contingent of women are the only representatives America has in Gaza protesting the recent human rights injustice.)
This news just surfaced about the Code Pink delegation, which included Alice Walker and the parents of Rachel Corrie, the young ISM worker killed while attempting to block the demolition of a Palestinian home in Gaza, who were helped by the wife of the Egyptian president.
International Womens Delegation Granted Entry to Gaza Novelist Alice Walker, parents of Rachel Corrie and 58 others to spend International Womens Day in war-torn territory.
GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP A 60-member aid delegation was allowed entry into war-torn Gaza today through the Egyptian border crossing today.
The delegation, which includes Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker, organized by the peace group CODEPINK, was allowed through the Rafah, Egypt crossing in time for International Women's Day, March 8. The crossing has been closed by the Egyptian government almost continuously since July 2007. However, Egyptian First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, chairman of the Egyptian Red Crescent (similar to the Red Cross) and president of the National Womens Committee, communicated her blessing of the mission through the Red Crescent team that escorted the delegation through the crossing.
Given the fact that so many organizations and individuals wanting to help the people of Gaza have been turned away from both the Egyptian and Israeli border crossings, it is amazing that we were ushered through with such ease, said Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK. We feel extremely fortunate to be able to be with our Gazan sisters on International Womens Day. But we also want to send a message to the governments of both Egypt and Israel that the borders must be opened to all individuals and organizations. Long-term peace and prosperity are not possible without freedom of movement.
The Red Crescent estimates that 1,000 truckloads of supplies and other goods are needed every day to meet the needs of the 1.5 million residents of the Gaza Strip. Yet, the UN reports that the daily average has been only 125 truckloads since the borders closed about 18 months ago.