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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Day 4

Shministim hang with us in the Internet Cafe yesterday evening.

Back at Erez for a third time.

Gaza is to the left of that wall.

Over 300 Gazans were gathered, many flying kites, on their side.  Sadly, we couldn't see them.

Death made an appearance again, and was followed by the paparazzi whereever he went.

Close as we can get to Gaza.

The best view I had--climbed a little hill away from the checkpoint to see.

No attempts to cross today, just a banner and tying things to the fence again.

AP reporter was back today, told me they were warned to be 600 meters from the fence, but had about 10 minutes to shoot before the police cars came (one literally pushed Jose because he was walking too slowly).

Notes for our friends on the other side.

Manijeh is the Kite Runner!

We gave this Palestinian child one of our notes, and Fungus gave him a new nose.

This women was so pleased to see our gathering as she and another came over, she said "As-Salaam-Alaikum" to me and everybody she saw.

Medea and the other "mudders" come to the Ahava store in the Hilton and quickly get to work.

Signs went up quickly around the little shop.

The store lady had already been given a heads-up about a possible disturbance (CP had sent out a press release so media would be around), which I witnessed since I'd gotten in ahead of everybody.  Still, she seemed shocked when the gang filled her shop.

Some debate about whether this guy confronting Zool was undercover or not.  First he pushed Medea, called Zool a fag, then grabbed the lens cover of our French photog friend.

Passersby were a bit confused.

And security closes the store!

Dunno, I just liked this shot of one security dude.

We were asked to take it outside.  Cool, that's where all the media was.

Ah, the cops arrive.

Everybody's going to have some lovely complexions after this action.

Medea interviewed.

Indeed not.

How is it that I see Tighe in the middle of multiple security officers so often?

Tighe asking for a cop's autograph.

After a brief protest, the cop complies.

This guy was definitely undercover.  Admitted it.  Followed us from the Embassy and other places.

Manijeh stands up to somebody who took exception to our protest.

Reaction was mostly positive, but some folks became incensed, including this guy's friend with whom I chatted.

Lots to say in addition to showing, but I'm too tired right now.


PS--A few nice shots on this Flickr.

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pink, clowns AND nudity? omg, you guys have set back the peace movement at least 2 decades. possibly a score.

Posted by: e | Jun 9, 2009 4:40:08 PM

Bravo, NTodd.
This is truly a remarkable journal of the whole thing, and gives some idea of the situation, terrain, interactions.

Posted by: P. Drano | Jun 9, 2009 4:41:40 PM

That is one f'ing ugly wall.
Take care, NTodd.

Posted by: mnkid, ♥'s Rachel Maddow | Jun 9, 2009 6:58:09 PM

What is the story on Ahava? It's a cosmetics line, right?

Great photos.

Posted by: Lesley | Jun 10, 2009 3:58:54 AM

You are correct about Ahava. Relevant information regarding its connection to Occupied Territories is here.

Posted by: Sharl | Jun 10, 2009 5:21:40 AM

nice photos all around.

and i really like the security dude photo.

good work. glad i came to visit. take care.

Posted by: charley | Jun 10, 2009 5:37:27 PM

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