Sunday, June 07, 2009
Day 3: Erez Crossing
Welcome! Please stop by the visitors' center for coffee and friendly conversation!
A Christian aid group with their blankets and other stuff got through ahead of us.
We stunned the IDF into submission.
And the Clown shall lead them.
Lots more from our first action at the crossing today below the fold...
Medea, Rae and the rest of Patch's procession.
Confusing the dudes with guns might be a brilliant tactical move.
Okay, maybe not.
Trying to make a friend.
Early in the morning, the truck with our playset waited.
Balloons are contraband.
Ooops: the balloon accidentally crossed the boundary!
How can you deny a clown and child?
Here with mom and baby brother.
Turns out clowns are not good at frisbee.
Unlocking the other gate.
The UN are luckies.
Zool dances in front of the gate.
Blowing bubbles back at the first gate.
Paperwork makes the fascist regimes function with such efficiency.
You can see why such dangerous items are banned.
The first of several police cars to trickle in.
We can't get in? Might as well assemble the playground stuff here!
Clowns are really, really helpful.
Now a barrier is set up.
Additional layers of barrier come down by the gates.
Tighe and Ann teeter on the edge of the new boundary.
Dude, I dare you to touch it.
Patch's new BFFs, Roni and Whatshisname.
We even brought our own shade.
Baby of a Palestinian woman who is not allowed back to her home because she's Gazan and her husband is from Jerusalem. No, it doesn't make any sense.
Patch shakes hands with Roni across the police line.
Not a bad breeze.
Not quite an airspace violation.
Perhaps begging will get us in.
Roni is amused.
Continuing to request entry.
Getting the official denial of entry.
A squad of IDF arrives to supervise our disassembly of the playset.
To be safe, they called in a couple more.
Gonna call my Congressman in a bit to see if he can help grease skids like Kucinich did for our folks trying to get into Israel from Egypt the other day. Regardless, we'll be applying pressure through other channels and trying again...
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Fine photo-essay, NTodd.
Thanks for all you're doing.
Posted by: Gummo | Jun 7, 2009 10:32:28 AM
Good work. Keep up the gentle, humor-filled pressure. Showing this ridiculous border issue to be as ridiculous is the right thing to do.
Posted by: mto3 | Jun 7, 2009 11:27:16 AM
Clowns are really, really helpful.
Posted by: e | Jun 7, 2009 12:50:26 PM
Wow, NTodd. You make it feel that we are right there with you. What a loving display this is to the Palestinians and the Israelis. May it have a stunning ripple effect.
Posted by: ellroon | Jun 7, 2009 12:59:40 PM
Your actions will always be in the minds (if not necessarily the hearts) of those who witness them.
It sure looks hot and dry there.
Posted by: mnkid, ♥'s Rachel Maddow | Jun 7, 2009 2:10:44 PM
As an armchair protester I salute you. Better yet, I may be inspired to get off my duff and DO something. Money counts, right?
Godspeed little doodle.
Posted by: Remonster in Mosul | Jun 7, 2009 2:30:05 PM
Beautiful pics, NTodd. It's impressive and inspiring. I'm going to see if I can talk my wife into taking an activist vacation this year instead of the usual.
Is there anything to protest in Costa Rica?
Seriously, I'm moved by what you're doing. May those you encounter over there be moved, too.
Posted by: PopeRatzo | Jun 7, 2009 5:35:43 PM
One can just laugh on you and spit into your faces! Go back to your murdering countries and take care of your own shit!
You are the true Facists!
Posted by: You are the true Facists | Jun 8, 2009 3:36:10 PM
You are the true Facists - Thanks for your input. Turns out that our government supports the current status quo, so some of us feel responsibility for our policies here. Thus we are in Israel, doing work we cannot do in the US, and will return home to continue taking care of our shit.
BTW, we are here at the invitation on UNRWA, hosted by Coalition of Women for Peace, and working with groups such as Zochrot and the Shministim during these actions. Guess which 3 of those are Israeli.
Posted by: NTodd | Jun 8, 2009 4:35:19 PM