BREAKING NEWS MARCH 4, 2014.
photo right: Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink and a great Granny friend, was detained and badly beaten during a peace mission to Egypt. She told the New York Times, “When the authorities came into the cell to deport me [for intending to visit Gaza] two men threw me to the ground, stomped on my back, pulled my shoulder out of its socket and handcuffed me so that my injured arm was twisted around and my wrists began to bleed…I was then forced to sit between the two men who attacked me on the plane ride from Cairo to Istanbul, and I was (and still am) in terrible pain the whole time.”
photo left: Also on the same peace mission is Northampton, Massachusetts Raging Granny Paki Wieland. Latest news, via the international Raging Granny e-vine, is that she is able to continue on the mission.
Both Paki and Medea have actively protested the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. Medea being barred from going to Gaza reminds us that the Palestinians remained trapped in Gaza as long as the Egyptian Rafah border remains closed or tightly controlled.
Violence against women knows no borders. Our solidarity knows no borders.