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balantz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 04:32 PM
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Alice Walker, Medea Benjamin in Gaza to Mark International Women's Day - Democracy Now
 
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AMY GOODMAN: And the news of the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Fayyad submitting his resignation, paving the way for a possible formation of a Palestinian unity government with Hamas, the response in Gaza right now, Medea?


MEDEA BENJAMIN: People feel that there is a popular pressure for unity, and its that popular pressure that is paving the way for this unity government, and then the pressure will be on Israel. And hopefully, the United States government will have less of an excuse once there is a popular government, and then well start forcing Israel to do some real negotiating. But they also are saying that they dont want Israel to get away with the impunity for what it did, and they want some accountability.


AMY GOODMAN: Alice Walker, can you tell us why you chose to go to Gaza at this time?


ALICE WALKER: Well, because I really love people, and I wanted to be here with the women who have lost so much in their lives. Theyve lost their homes. Theyve lost their children. And they just seem to be people I wanted to spend International Womens Day with, so I made sure to call up Medea and get on thein the group.


AMY GOODMAN: And where are you now? What are your travel plans in these days?


ALICE WALKER: I think we will be going to visit more refugee camps. We were visiting one this morning. We also went around and saw a lot of the places that had been bombed. This was, of course, very disturbing, and very disturbing to see the look in some of the childrens eyes. I saw two little boys being held by an older brother. He seemed to be about eight years old, and they were like five and four. And they werethey seemed to me to be children who had lost their parents. And I feel that there are a lot of children in that situation, and this is especially difficult to bear.


AMY GOODMAN: I also understand that the British MP George Galloway, Medea Benjamin, was on the border from Egypt, but Egypt was not allowing his delegation through. Is this the case?


MEDEA BENJAMIN: The latest news here is that they are allowing him through, and we actually expect him in a couple of hours. At least thats the latest that we hear.


And the other thing is, I wanted to mention is, that we are right now having lunch with the head of the United Nations here, John Ging, who is an extraordinary human being and has spoken out so forcefully against the crimes that have been committed. And his message to us, as well, is, one, to bring more people here, to keep spreading the word, and that the popular groundswell within the United States is really what is needed to move a peace process forward.

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Lost in CT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 05:02 PM
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1. Why are they not in Saudi Arabia???? nt
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 06:10 PM
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2. Because they can get more media coverage in Gaza
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waiting for hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 07:06 PM
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3. Kicking and rec'ing -
For all the children who have lost during war - :(
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waiting for hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 09:09 PM
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4. Kicking -
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