You can read the newest update (yesterday’s) from Marie and Katerina in Cairo in the blog at: http://studentlifelinetogaza.blogspot.com/ I am including it attached at the end of this message. As you can see from their own message, the most critical thing they need now is support from home. So please keep making calls, sending emails, and letting people know of what is happening.
There are two things I would like to ask you for your support:
- First there’s another sample email and list of adresses below. Please either send an email or call.
- Secondly and this is very important, I would like to ask you to send me any relevant contact adresses or telephones you can find. Everybody reads English, so most of the sample emails we have can be send to many more adresses. If you can find contact details for the Egyptian embassy in your own country, or in other countries around the world for example, to important politicians again, in your country or others, important (or not so important) media, please send them to me, and we’ll try to put together a more extensive list of contacts that people can use.
Dear Sir, Dear Madam,
I am writing to you to urge the Egyptian government to let Code Pink’s Gaza
Freedom March continue so that 1362 international delegates can join the
Palestinians of Gaza to march together on December 31, 2009.
Currently all delegates are stuck in Cairo and have been refused the right
to move towards Gaza.
The UK government and David Miliband have openly condemned the blockade.
This is a crucial moment for the UK to use its influence as an international
player to take responsiblity and act upon behalf of peace, justice and human
The Code Pink delegates will not stand for this oppressive ban. This
indirectly endorses war crimes and the inhumanity caused by the blockade
onto the Palestinians of Gaza.
The international peace marchers have aid and are ready to deliver it.
raised tens of thousands of dollars for medical aid, school supplies and
winter clothing for the children of Gaza. But we realize that in addition to
material aid, the Palestinians of Gaza need moral support. The Gaza Freedom
March offers that support on the difficult anniversary of an invasion that
brought them so much suffering.
-Foreign & Commonwealth Office Ministerial support team email address
-Egyptian Embassy in London
Tel: 020 7499 3304/2401
Irini Pantelidou has also found these addresses (thanks!):
Cabinet of Ministers
Address : 2 Maglas El Shaab
Phone : +202-2793-5000
Fax : +202-2795-8048
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
ministry of international cooperation for the egyptian government
Mrs. Fayza Mohamed Aboulnaga
Address : 8 Adly street – Cairo
Tel : 23910008
Fax : 23908159
URL : www.mic.gov.eg/
Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs?
Mr. Ahmed Ali Aboul Gheit
Address : Kornish el Nile, Maspiro- Cairo
Tel : 25749820 – 25749821
Fax : 25748822
URL : www.mfa.gov.eg/
General Inquiries: Info@mfa.gov.eg
Citizens’ Complaint Unit: Contact.Us@mfa.gov.eg
Foreigners and Legalization Affairs: email@example.com
6th update from Cairo from Katerina and Marie:
We demonstrated all day at the UN today, demanding that
1) the UN put pressure on the Egyptian government so that we can continue our march
2) help let all our aid through to Gaza
3) organise a small group of delegates to Gaza to at least represent all the countries and be in bloody Gaza!!!
It was a really peaceful demonstration, with lots of music, dancing, chess playing, talks by Walden Bello and Anna Haas (journalist).
Led by the 85 year old holocaust survivior Hedy Epstein, 14 are now on hunger strike. We were barricaded by police however, not allowing to leave the area for a few hours. Lol, we made a makeshift pee area but the atmosphere was super awesome.
Also, Netanyahu is coming to Cairo, to meet with Mubarak about Gilad Shalit.
The French delegates, around 300, have been camping outside the French embassy for the last 2 days. We will be joining them tonight, but they managed to get the French ambassador to negotiate and talk. The ambassador has been talking to the Egyptian government as a result. However, there were over 1000 riot police and since today they have not allowed any of the French people to leave or enter.
Any attempts for smaller groups to get to Gaza have been stalled. People have either been detained, put under hotel arrest or been forced to return to Cairo.
We are feeling quite demoralised, since we have put so much effort into getting to Gaza as has everyone else here. We are relying on support from back home, so please keep writing.
At this point you have more power than we do.