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We march on Gaza
Over 700 people from around the UK have now signed up to support the Gaza Freedom March. Timed to coincide with the first anniversary of Israel’s brutal 22-day assault, this will involve hundreds of internationals marching nonviolently alongside the people of Gaza on 1 January 2010, breaching the illegal Israeli blockade (see PN 2513).
PN is organising a training for people intending to go on the march. Assuming sufficient demand, this will take place in London on the weekend of 31 October – 1 November, and will include: an opportunity to meet others who are thinking of taking part; forming affinity groups for mutual support; a briefing by an activist who has recently returned from Gaza; and practical training on media, rapid consensus decision-making and so on from the Seeds for Change training collective.
If you would like to attend then please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0845 458 2564 as soon as possible.
Since our last issue, Norman Finkelstein – whose brainchild the Gaza Freedom March largely is – has resigned from the organising coalition following its adoption of a new “statement of context”. This brings in references to the Palestinians’ right of return, and moves to boycott Israel - that he believes has “dimmed the prospect of a truly mass demonstration”.