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Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Gaza fundraiser in Swansea on January 2nd


On Saturday 2nd January from 11am-1pm, the Oxfam Books and Music Shop in Castle
Street, Swansea will be hosting a Fairtrade Coffee Morning to raise funds for
OXFAM's work in Gaza. Swansea poet Richard Jones will also be there, selling copies
of his new book, "A Fistful Of Poetry", proceeds of which will go to Viva Palestina,
who take aid convoys to Palestine.

Three Swansea women are part of the Viva Palestina convoy currently trying to
deliver medical aid to Gaza. Due to arrive there on December 27th, the convoy has
been delayed by having to enter into continuing negotiations with the Egyptian
authorities to try and gain access to Gaza.

We hope that Saturday's event will be celebrating their successful efforts in
delivering much needed humanitarian aid. If they have still not been allowed into
Gaza, then the event will focus on highlighting the continued injustice of
people being prevented from helping people in need.

One of the women on the convoy, D Murphy, was active in Swansea this time last year,
collecting money for OXFAM's Gaza appeal. Sadly, the situation in Gaza has not
improved much since, mainly due to Israel blocking aid getting into Gaza. OXFAM and
other aid agencies have released a report called "Failing Gaza", condemning Israel
and also the international community for failing to put pressure on Israel to allow
aid through :

"One year after the start of military action in Gaza, the international community
has betrayed the people of Gaza by failing to back their words with effective action
to secure the ending of the Israeli blockade which is preventing reconstruction and
recovery.

The Israeli authorities have allowed only 41 truckloads of all construction
materials into Gaza since the end of the offensive in mid-January. The task of
rebuilding and repairing thousands of homes alone will require thousands of
truckloads of building materials. Little of the extensive damage the offensive
caused to homes, civilian infrastructure, public services, farms and businesses has
been repaired because the civilian population, and the UN and aid agencies who help
them, are prohibited from importing materials like cement and glass in all but a
handful of cases."
(More details at www.oxfam.org.uk/oxfaminaction/gaza)

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