Just nu håller Broderskapsrörelsen kongress och enligt planen skulle vi fått besök av tre kvinnor och två män från Gaza. Dessa personer hindrades från att komma ut ut Gaza och de planerade seminarierna har fått ställas in. Detta gör oss oroliga att även deltagare på Fatahs kongress i Betlehem som börjar nästa vecka kommer att hindras av stängda gränser.
Med anledning av detta har förbundskongressen antagit följande uttalande, som också skickats till Egypten och Israel via deras svenska ambassader:
From July 30th through August 2nd Broderskapsrörelsen – the Christian Social Democrats in Sweden – has conducted its 62nd congress, this year held in Malmö. To this congress five individuals from Gaza were invited, as part of Broderskapsrörelsen’s international work. These individuals were all granted Schengen-visas by the Swedish Consulate General in Jerusalem. They work in Gaza within civil society as academics and as educators in democracy and transparent accountancy. They are well qualified to explain to us the dire social situation in Gaza, due mainly to the blockade of Gaza.
However, our guests were not allowed to leave Gaza.
The Erez crossing to Israel is closed, and also Egypt was not prepared to allow our guests to pass into Egypt and catch a flight to Sweden, via the crossing at Rafah. Broderskapsrörelsen deplore the policy conducted vis-á-vis Gaza by both the State of Israel and of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
More important, though, is to ensure that members in Fatah from Gaza will be able to leave Gaza and attend the Fatah congress in Bethlehem, commencing on August 4. Fatah is convening its first congress in 20 years. A democratic Fatah is a major political agent for a just and viable peace in the Middle East. Any effort to put obstacles to Fatah’s forthcoming congress in Bethlehem will risk increasing violence and instability in the region.
Statement adopted by the congress of Broderskapsrörelsen, Malmö 2009-08-01