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Do not prevent Americans from traveling to the Gaza Strip

Lora Lucero
Lora Lucero Albuquerque, New Mexico
1,003 Signatures Goal: 1,000

I'm an American attempting to return to Gaza to teach and bear witness to the daily struggle of the Palestinians living there. I was last in Gaza September 2012 - May 2013.

For nearly a decade, the State of Israel has blockaded the Gaza Strip, preventing thousands of Palestinians and foreigners from traveling to and from Gaza through the Erez Crossing in the north.

The only other access into or out of the Gaza Strip is the Rafah Crossing on its southern border with Egypt. In 2013, this crossing was open 264 days; in 2014, 124 days; and, as of December, only 21 days in 2015.

Following Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in 2014, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs introduced a requirement stating that before it will issue clearance to travel to Gaza, foreigners must provide documentation from their embassies.

In 2011, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo provided written waivers of liability and responsibility to travelers asking to visit Gaza. This year, however, the U.S. Embassy has refused to provide waivers or documentation. It also has refused to meet with American citizens wanting to travel to Gaza.

Many Americans wish to travel to Gaza to volunteer their time and talents, to learn about the reality on the ground, and to stand in solidarity with the Palestinians.

We petition Ambassador Beecroft and Deputy Chief of Mission Goldberger in the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to resume issuing waivers to American citizens who wish to travel to Gaza.


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  • suleman rashid
    suleman rashid United Kingdom, Glasgow
    Feb 28, 2016
    Feb 28, 2016
    this is just not rite why is this happening? ?if this was anywhere like America UK Scotland it never happen so why there??why has Israel have so much power over other people life's? ??????why f why?????
  • Ahmad Bedair
    Ahmad Bedair United States, Denver
    Feb 03, 2016
    Feb 03, 2016
    where is freedom of speak, teach, help for those mostly in need?
  • Rashi Munshi
    Rashi Munshi India, Ahmedabad
    Jan 31, 2016
    Jan 31, 2016
    In the name of decency n fair play, I urge U.S.A Ambassador Beecroft, and Deputy Chief of Mission Goldberger to please resume issuing waivers to American citizens who wish to travel Gaza.
    Your refusing waivers is not only violates International law, but it is morally and ethically wrong.
    I have always looked up to United States for leadership who plays FAIR in it's dealings around the globe.
    I urge you again to please do the right thing for the sake of humanity.,
    Thank you.
  • Daine Traynor
    Daine Traynor United Kingdom, Manchester
    Jan 25, 2016
    Jan 25, 2016
    Freedom to travel to Gaza should not be opposed.
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