French Gaza Freedom March activist died in Cairo

There is an important update in the Comment section.

Apparently she died of a cardiac arrest.  I am sure however that the cardiac arrest may have been brought on by the stress of what was happening..

Marchers were given a very hard time by officials in Egypt.

Organizers of the Gaza Freedom March report the death of a French citizen (from injuries sustained at the hands of Egyptian security forces during a demonstration in the capital, Cairo.) The Part in Italics is not correct. Note comment at bottom for update on incident

Marie Renee died in the Cairo Hospital. She was traveling with a French delegation of approximately 300 nationals, Ma’an news agency reported.

The French delegates had earlier been camped out on the grounds surrounding the French Embassy in Cairo, reportedly flanked by two lines of Egyptian police.

Hundreds of activists with the Gaza Freedom March are staging continued demonstrations and sit-ins in Cairo to protest the Egyptian government’s refusal to allow them to cross the border into the besieged Gaza Strip.

On Wednesday, Egyptian security allowed 84 of the 1,300 who registered to participate in the Freedom March into Gaza. All were traveling with the Codepink delegation, which organized two earlier trips into the blockaded Palestinian coastal sliver since the Israeli war on Gaza last year.

Another 1,200 activists from about 40 states remained in Cairo after Egypt refused entry for the group because of what they called the “sensitive situation” in the Palestinian territory.

The Gaza Freedom March activists were hoping to march into Gaza on the anniversary of Israel’s 22-day offensive on the territory as a sign of solidarity with its people, carrying with them aid and supplies.

Israel has continued to close all border crossings to the Gaza Strip for more than two years. The illegal Israeli imposed blockade on the Gaza Strip, which has steadily tightened since 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the coastal enclave.

Some 1.5 million people are being denied their basic rights, including Freedom of movement, and their rights to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education. Poverty and unemployment rates stand at approximately 80% and 60% respectively in the Gaza Strip.

Egypt with the Palestinian Authority’s blessings has sealed its borders with the Gaza Strip, effectively cutting off the coastal enclave from the rest of the world.


Marie gave her life to help others. She will be remembered by all of us.

My heart goes out to her friends an family.

Today is a sad day indeed for all concerned.

There needs to be sanctions and more boycotts against Israel.

They continue on their destructive path with no end in sight.

For over 60 years Israel has terrorized innocent people.

The borders have to be opened.  The people of Gaza need our help.

Call on your Governments to do something.  Sanctions I very rarely would recommend but in this case I think they are warranted.

It may even be time for UN and NATO intervention to stop Israels destructive behavior.

No country should sell arms of any kind to Israel or give them any money. All their so called charities should have their funding cut and stopped.

No more money,  no more weapons,  no more tolerating their horrendous behavior. If we don’t stop them now then when?

No Government anywhere should support this type of Apartheid behavior.

All Israeli businesses should be booted out of every country around the world as well.

Enough is enough.


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One Comment

  1. Please retract the above report of the murder of a French activist.

    At the request of Ali Abunimah form Electronic Intifada and The Gaza Freedom March I have been tasked to ensuring accurate reporting for the march get out.

    The article was based on a retracted Ma’an article.

    The report from the dead activist’s groups is as follows:

    Our very dear friend Marie-Renée Le Grand, national leader of our association – Association France Palestine Solidarité – died a natural death December 31, 2009 in Cairo.

    It has made its final journey to Gaza, militant labor and determined it was for peace in the Middle East.

    We will make it in France homage it deserves.

    Without waiting we want to express to her husband Jean-Loup, present also in Cairo for the March of Freedom, and his family, our profound sadness and ensure all our affection.

    Jean-Claude Lefort, President of the AFPS


    That Gaza had been his last trip for us is symbolic of the commitment of a lifetime.

    Marie-Renée Le Grand, our friend, our comrade, died in Cairo.

    She arrived alongside militants AFD the march of freedom, determined to break the blockade of Gaza. She died suddenly of cardiac arrest December 31.

    Marie-Renee, we have known in Angers in 2001 early in the local group of the AFPS. She was among those with and those that never dulls the ability to revolt and was therefore quite naturally took his place in the struggle for Palestine. Seeing her, one was immediately struck by the energy, determination in his eyes.

    Always available for a militant response, she went several times on missions in the Palestinian territories and especially in Jenin under curfew in October 2002. Suppressed without explanation after a night of detention at the airport in Tel Aviv in 2003, she was furious at not being able to go back now and had naturally found in the march for freedom

    Member of National Council of the AFD, and BN until our last convention, she had to retire leaving Anjou and its investment in the professional world of psychiatry to join the UK where she had once shared the struggles of peasantry.

    That Gaza had been his last trip for us is symbolic of the commitment of a lifetime.

    A Jean-Loup Septier his companion, his children and all his family, we extend our sympathy. Let them know that we share their ordeal.

    Jean-Paul Roche for the AFPS

    Please run with a different version of the events because, as presented, they are false.

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