10 Days Against the Siege, June 7 Report / Eileen Fleming

Sunday, June 7th, 2009 | 15:06

Erez Checkpoint, June 7, 2009 – The bus load of CWP and CODEPINK activists arrived at the Erez Checkpoint at 10:00 AM on a sweltering cloudless day with a mission to build playgrounds in Gaza and to be bridges to change.

Led to the Checkpoint guard by Patch Adams who wore a chicken on hishead, a  humongous pacifier hanging from his neck and attired in a tie-dyed shirt and a balloon-panty diaper, the guard behind the glass encased was ‘disarmed’ for he smiled broadly.The passports of the activists were collected, scanned and returned in bulk to Patch who passed them onto one of the groups organizers. At 11 AM it was announced that the passports were being processed.

For two hours the anarchist clowns infused the group of 50 activists with the energy to erect a few pieces of playground equipment and fly kites while Patch and others engaged one of the guards in conversation which concluded with a handshake.

Ten Army jeeps showed up when a few kite runners ran down the dirt road towards the fifty foot high guard tower. When the kite runners returned to the group all were commanded to board the bus, which many did while chanting “give peace a chance.”

Not until we were nearly back to home base was it discovered that Patch Adams and Medea Benjamen’s [co-founder of CODEPINK] passports had not been returned.

The well organized machine that CODEPINK is had obtained the phone numbers to Erez Checkpoint and after making contact, they were informed that both Patch and Medea’s passports had been located.

CODEPINK coordinators will petition the powers to be with their plea to allow the international activists-thirty-five of which are Americans-to be allowed to enter Gaza.

Every call to Congress and the Israeli Embassy in support of the children of Gaza who are waiting to meet the activists matters.

All remain in good spirits and committed to doing something to end the siege and occupation of Gaza Palestine.

Eileen Fleming is a feature correspondent for The Palestine Telegraph and Arabisto.com. She is the founder of http://www.wearewideawake.org/

Author of KEEP HOPE ALIVE and MEMOIRS of a Nice Irish-American ‘Girl’s’ Life in Occupied Territory”

She produced “30 Minutes with Vanunu” and “13 Minutes with Vanunu” because corporate media has been MIA all during a freedom of speech trial in Israel.

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