Sunday, February 22, 2009

As I left the border, a wave of confusion and anger swept over me, but in the end I was relieved that the mission was an overall success. Although I was there, I felt helpless and unable to share in the suffering of my people. At that moment, all I wanted to do is chant loudly and say JUSTICE FOR PALESTINE. FREEDOM FOR PALESTINE. Resigned, I took a walk on the Rafah beach, searching in the waves for any sort of understanding of what had just taken place.

Press Release and Interviews Regarding Humanitarian Mission to Gaza

Media Representatives:
Nora Dwyer (English): phone no. 713.412.8385 or 713.528.1817; email
Suha Ahmad (Spanish and English): phone no. 832.423.3535; email

When: Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 1:35pm

Where: George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Terminal D

HOUSTON (February 26, 2009) -- The coordinating committee working on behalf of Sahar Abusada’s mission to provide humanitarian assistance to the residents of Gaza is outraged at the Egyptian’s government refusal to allow Ms. Abusada’s entry into Gaza.

On February 15, 2009, Sahar Abusada, a Houston area resident, left for Cairo to oversee the delivery of 140 tents and 280 blankets for Palestinians left without homes following the Israeli air attacks on Gaza. Money for these supplies was raised by Houstonians responding to the growing humanitarian crisis.

On arrival in Cairo, Sahar Abusada coordinated the delivery of the supplies to the Palestinian Red Crescent. However, when attempting to enter Gaza from the Rafah border checkpoint, Ms. Abusada was twice refused entry by the Egyptian government despite having an “official permission letter” from the American Embassy.

As the Israeli blockade continues to leave Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants without sufficient food, water, fuel, electricity or medicine, immediate action is necessary. Ms. Abusada desires to visit Gaza to assess the ongoing humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people. Our committee, therefore, calls for the Egyptian government to recognize the desperate crisis of the Palestinian people and allow Ms. Abusada entry into Gaza.

Sahar Abusada is accessible for telephone interviews prior to her return to Houston on Saturday, February 28th. To arrange a time, please contact one of the media representatives listed above. Otherwise, Ms. Abusada will be available for one-on-one interviews at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Terminal D) at the time of her return. Ms Abusada is scheduled to arrive on KLM flight no. NW 8661/KL 661 at 1:35 pm. Following her clearance through US Customs, Ms. Abusada will make a brief statement and answer any media questions. An English/Spanish translator will be available.
For more information on Ms. Abusada’s mission, please visit
Copy: Egyptian Embassy in Washington DC


  1. Asalaam alaikum my friend,

    We are so proud of you in Houston. I can't wait until you return. We have to start working on an article on your efforts. You are showing the world that one person can make a difference, if only we try. I pray that peace and blessings are with you on this journey.

    Your friend

    Cara Karema from Houston

  2. Salaam alaikum Sahar...

    I am very proud of what you accomphished on your journey from Houston to Gaza. Inshalla, there will be many more such visits of aid to the people of Palestine from the people of Houston.

    Peace & Solidarity,

    James F. Harrington