Thank you all for the many, many calls that have been made to Congress, and the State Deparatment in support of our delegations going to Gaza. We know they have generated Congressional inquiries, and raised the visibility of the blockade of Gaza.
Today, the members of our group who have already arrived, went shopping for the children of Gaza -- helped tremendously by the uncle of one of our group members. We plunged into the souk -- noisy, crowded, vibrant, bright alleyways where it appears almost anything can be purchased. It was very, very clear that the heart of the Egyptian people has been touched by the plight of Gaza. As soon as we explained the purpose of our shopping, prices came down, and shopkeepers scoured the market for what we needed.
The first of our four delegations, a group of Canadian citizens, arrived at the Rafah border today and spent the day haggling with the border police over what papers were needed to cross. They also spent time in solidarity with the group of doctors on hunger strike. The Canadians will be returning to the border tomorrow morning and hope to cross then.