Over one hundred international peace and human rights activists, who are planning to visit the occupied Palestinian territories, are scheduled to arrive at the Allenby Bridge Sunday afternoon. The activists, mostly Europeans, are planning to tell Israeli security that they want to come to Palestine as part of the Welcome to Palestine campaign.
Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, a spokesperson of the campaign told IMEMC "It is not clear yet, whether Israel will allow them in or not.". In previous attempts, in July 2011 and again in April 2012, Israel prevented activists who said they are coming to Palestine from entering the country, and forced airline companies to cancel the reservation of around 1200 activists.
The activists of Welcome to Palestine campaign are hoping to visit with the Palestinians and accompany students on their first day to school. In a press release issued by the campaign organizers, they stated that one of the main purposes of the visit is to bring school stationary to students as an act of solidarity.
Over fifteen Palestinian civil society organizations and groups and political parties sent invitations to the visitors to come and visit them in Palestine. more
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Security officials from the Gaza Strip will meet with their Egyptian counterparts in Cairo to address joint security issues, a spokesman from the Gaza government said Sunday.
Egyptian president Muhammad Mursi and Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh agreed to the security meetings, but a date has not yet been set, the interior ministry website quoted spokesman Eyhab al-Ghussein saying. more