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10 - 16 January 2002
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Monday night's chilly weather did not stop some Egyptian women from standing for more than an hour in front of the Arab League's headquarters in downtown Cairo, Rana Allam reports. It was an expression of solidarity with the mothers of Palestinian martyrs that encompassed women's associations from seven Arab countries, including Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Lit candles illuminated signs reading, "Sharon, please go to hell" and, "Solidarity with the mothers of Palestinian martyrs," grasped in the women's hands against the blowing wind.
The symbolic act of solidarity was arranged by prominent writer Fathia El-Assal, in collaboration with several women's associations. The event won the attention of the national and international media with several foreign and Arab television cameras focusing on the prominent Egyptian female figures who delivered speeches on solidarity.
During the past year, Egyptians have made several displays of solidarity with the Palestinian people. Members of the Egyptian People's Committee for Solidarity with the Palestinian Intifada (EPCSI) sent five aid convoys of food and medicine to Palestine. Demonstrations in universities protesting Israeli atrocities have spontaneously erupted on several occasions. And Internet activism has come of age with thousands exchanging electronic lists of companies that sell Israeli products and calling for their boycott.
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