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Gaza's Ark Steering Committee Urges for 'Hashtag' Storm to End Gaza's Siege.

GAZA, August 6, 2014 (WAFA) --

Gaza's Ark Steering Committee and the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, in a joint

initiative to end the blockade on Gaza, urged, in a statement on Wednesday,

upon activists "to participate in our daily 15 minute Twitter storm to push for

the Cairo talks to conclude with an agreement to end the blockade imposed on Gaza."

"Starting at 12 noon eastern US

time (11 AM Central, 9 AM Pacific, 6pm CET), we urge you to participate in our

daily 15 minute Twitter storm to push for the Cairo talks to conclude with an

agreement to end the blockade of Gaza," called the statement.

"Even if you can't join the

Twitter storm at 12pm ET -- maybe you are in Australia where it will be 2AM! --

We urge you to post tweets on ending the Gaza blockade with the hashtag

#EndGazaBlockadeInCairo whenever you can, in whatever languages you can,"

asserted the GASC.

"Negotiators are meeting in Cairo

during the 72-hour Gaza ceasefire, trying to make an agreement for a lasting

ceasefire. Palestinians are demanding that a long-term ceasefire permanently

end the Israeli-Egyptian economic blockade on 1.8 million Palestinians in

Gaza," said the GASC's statement.

"This is a crucial moment for

opponents of the blockade around the world to raise our voices."

"We want to raise the profile of

the Cairo talks, so that everyone in the world who opposes the blockade

understands that the fate of the blockade is being negotiated right now, and

does what they can to push political leaders to use their influence to insure

that ending the blockade is part of the Cairo agreement."

"Even U.S. Secretary of State

John Kerry has conceded, "Palestinians can't have a cease-fire in which they

think the status quo is going to stay.' Scott Anderson, deputy director of

the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), recently said: "Unless there is material

change to the status quo, you're just resetting the clock for another cycle of


"That's why, together with our

partners in the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, we are organizing a daily, 15

minute Twitter storm at 12 noon ET until the Cairo talks conclude with an

agreement that ends the blockade. We want to make sure that "end the blockade"

is at the top of the international agenda for the talks," the statement



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Date:Aug 6, 2014
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