One year later, it is very important to remember what happened in
On 27 December 2009, after a year and a half of total siege, the brutal war on
Hunger strike of activists in
WRITTEN BY John Hurson, Press Release
Sunday December 27th marks the anniversary of the attack on
At 11 35 am, the time of the first attack, a group of humanitarians on the “Viva Palestina Convoy” will embark on an International Hunger Strike in the main square in Aqaba, Jordan.
The International Hunger Strike will aim to highlight the ongoing illegal siege imposed on
This International Hunger Strike will also highlight the refusal by
The convoy has been stranded in the city for 3 days now, having been refused permission to enter
Embarking on the International Hunger Strike are 15 people from different continents across the world. Among those taking part are Fatima Mohammidi from the United States, John Hurson and Caoimhe Butterly from Ireland, Ahasan Shamruk from Palestine, Nidal Hajaj, Hanan Chehata and Mohammed Shakiel from England, plus Kamal Mashni from Australia among others.
Each day, 15 more people from the convoy will join in the International Hunger Strike, and they will go without food until the convoy is allowed to enter safely into
Speaking from Aqaba, Ahasan Shamruk, said, I am joining this Hunger Strike to draw attention to the fact that the siege is a form of collective, sustained, and devastating punishment of 1.5 million civilian people. As we commemorate the first year anniversary of the massacres, it is important to remember, that for my brothers and sisters living under siege in
John Hurson, from Tyrone, who traveled on the first “Viva Palestina Convoy, decided to join the International Hunger Strike to draw attention to the fact that nothing has changed in the past year following the attacks.
John said, “from my time spent in Gaza, to think that in the year 2009, people are denied all the basic essentials in life, like water, electricity, medicine, blankets, books, and even footballs for the children, is just unbelievable and unacceptable.
I am hopeful that the leaders of the West will exert their influence, put pressure on