Trip to Gaza

Monday, April 9, 2012

I will be going to Gaza from April 14 – April 30.  In 2009-10 I was part of the GAZA FREEDOM MARCH hoping to be allowed into the Gaza Strip from Rafah along the Egyptian/Gaza border.  Because of decisions by the governments of Egypt, Israel, and the U.S., we were not allowed through the border crossing.  1,400 of us from 43 countries participated in that event.  This time I am traveling with a Washington state delegation of Physicians for Social Responsibility.  About ten of us, mostly physicians and nurses, are making the trip and bringing into Gaza close to $8,000 in medical supplies and school supplies.  I will be participating as a Mental Health Worker doing grief counseling and assessing the nutritional, medical, and general care of the 20,000 to 50,000 orphans in Gaza.  We will also be going to the West Bank to visit with fellow health care workers in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nablus and, perhaps, Ramallah.  Please return to this website post for updates which will be entered and published as time and energy (personal and electrical) allows.

Check this Gaza virtual tour:  http://www.gisha.org/map.asp?langid=en&pid=50  Copy and paste into browser.

I go to Seattle tomorrow to meet with the Washington state delegation of Physicians for Social Responsibility.  On Sunday we fly to Tel Aviv, stay the night at a retreat center, and on Tuesday, April 17, go to the Erez border and into Gaza.  We will be staying at the Marna House in Gaza City.  Thank you for all good thoughts.

 

 

 

About Michael

Born in Quantico, VA. Went to high school in southern California, BA from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, MFA (writing and literature) from the U. of Montana. MDiv from San Francisco Theological Seminary, Graduate Certificate to teach English as a Second Language. Have six books of poems published. Have given workshops/readings/or taught at Wichita St. U, Friends U., Tuzla Medressa (Bosnia), U. of Latvia, Laisma Middle School (Riga, Latvia), plus several states in the U.S. Live now in Wichita, Kansas.
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