Regarding Attempts to Co-opt March 15th Protests
The mass protests planned by Palestinian youth groups for March 15th are gaining momentum and extended media coverage. We, the youth groups organizing and mobilizing for this movement, find it necessary to clarify the following points:
These protests are being organized under the banner of national unity and reconciliation. However, we emphasize that resolving the predicament of Palestinian disunity must be based on principles and values agreed upon by the Palestinian people regardless of their political affiliation. The first of these principles is the illegitimacy of imprisoning people based on their political beliefs. Consequently, we demand the release of all political prisoners held by the government in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.
Our demands for change go beyond ending Palestinian disunity and partial tweaks to the status quo. We insist on full democratic representation for Palestinians all over the world. Consequently our movement stipulates:
Democratic Palestinian National Council (PNC) elections based on a one-person one-vote electoral system that guarantees equal representation for all Palestinians around the world (Gaza Strip, West Bank, 48 territories, refugee camps, and in the Diaspora). This necessitates a complete overhaul of the PNC’s structures and the establishment of new electoral procedures.
Attempts to Co-opt March 15th Mass protests
Palestinian political parties, Hamas’ government in Gaza, Fayyad’s government in the West Bank, and a plethora of nongovernmental organizations are seeking to co-opt this movement to serve their narrow interests. Moreover, they are attempting to legitimize themselves by falsely stating that they are the main organizers behind this event. We open-heartedly welcome the participation of party members and NGO employees, who are an essential and inseparable part of our societal fabric. We do not welcome attempts by their leaders to redirect our efforts.
We affirm that the March 15th movement is by the people for the people, and is independent of any political party or institutional backing. It is being organized by non-partisan youth groups who dream of a better future for their people.
We invite all Palestinians, and particularly Palestinian youth, to come down to the street on March 15th. We will only carry Palestinian flags, and chant and sing for freedom, unity, and justice. March 15th shall be the day we stand in unity to demand democratic representation for all Palestinians as an affirmative step in our struggle for Freedom from Israeli Apartheid.
Friday, March 4 · 10:00am – 1:00pm
Egypt to Gaza, Palestine
Egyptians still feel the shame of the Mubarak era Egyptian blockade of Gaza and have declared their intent to see that blockade shattered once and for all. The main groups that lead the Egyptian revolution are involved in this march and together we intend to erect a Tahrir Square style campsite next to Rafah Crossing until the blockade is over. Together we intend to make this happen sooner rather than later.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTOR FOR GAZA – KEN O’KEEFE
PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTOR FOR EGYPT – AHMED R. ELASSY
CHERYL ABDUL/ FINANCIAL SERVICES COORDINATOR
TRANSPORTATION ISSUES IN EGYPT
To join the March to Gaza click here
By: Jehan Alfarra
My Trip to Cairo was more than I had ever expected!! I am content, however :) I arrived to Cairo on the 19th of January. On the 25th, it all started- the Egyptians finally erupted. I am proud to say I have witnessed one of the greatest revolutions of our time!
This is my documentation of events up until Feb, 3. The rest is yet to be uploaded.
Passion is jumping out of the eyes and mouths of the anti-mubarak demonstrations. The pro-mubarak demonstrations were so much for a joke lol
By: Jehan Alfarra
رح اكتب هاي البوستة بالعربي لإنو انا أوفيشالي متنرفزة بهاليوم الي حالف يمين ما يعدي على خير، وأهو نوع من التغيير بردو، لنمشي على خطى الثوار. البلد عايمة وناس بتقتل وناس بتنقتل وكلٌ يغني على ليلاه. واحد الله أعلم شو ملته كان بيلفلف اليوم وبيوزع منشورات، قلت هاتي يا بنت نشوف شو الحكاية.. مسكت الورقة وقريت اول كم سطر، وفكّى خبط بالارض. ما عرفت واللهي أضحك ولا أضحك! شوفو بنفسكو
إسرائيل الي طلع فيها نتياهو ينادي إنو الحكومة الجديدة لازم تحترم اتفاقية السلام مع إسرائيل، واسرائيل الي أعلنت إنها سـ” تغض الطرف ” عن الدبابات “المصرية” الي دخلت حدود محظورة ، راح تحتل مصر؟؟؟ يعني احكولي ديري بالك العالم كلو ملتهي بمصر يمكن إسرائيل تستغل هالوقت وتروح تتسلى بغزة شوية، مهوا مين شايف؟ هاي ممكن أبلعها، بس تيجي على مصر قدام العالم كلو؟؟ هيهيهي
ماشي، إسرائيل وفوتناها، هلأ غزة وحماس “الشيعية” الي تدخلت وقفلت المعبر أول ما انسحبت القوات المصرية من رفح، والي مانعة احتجاجات ضد مبارك بغزة، بدها تيجي تحتل العريش!!؟؟ بفففف!!! يا إمي الحئيــــني ههههه
لا وشو، سكان غزة 3 مليون، يعني العالم كلو قرف من كتر ما بنعيد وبنزيد غزة الي فيها مليون ونص.. يعني اوكي، سوقو شوية هبل على هالعالم، بس بلا مؤاخزة يا باشا!! هيك بزيادة 2 كيلو
By: Tallha Abdulrazaq
I confess that I certainly did not see the events that are currently unfolding in Egypt coming. I knew that one day it had to happen, but I certainly did not think it would happen so soon. A thirty year iron fisted rule by Mubarak, the pervasiveness of the ludicrously sized Egyptian security apparatus (some figures put the ratio at 1 security/intelligence officer to every 30 Egyptians) and a tired and downtrodden people are usually not the right ingredients for a popular revolt of this magnitude and ferocity. Similarly, the ousting of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, former disgraced despot of Tunisia, caught me off guard too. However, I console myself with the knowledge that nobody saw this coming. Who would’ve thought that the Arabs, normally so docile and willing to be ground into the dirt by their illegitimate governments, would rise up with such fury and attempt to cast down the masters imposed upon them? Human intellect is no match for God’s will, that’s for sure.
By: Jehan Alfarra