7 rabbis, activists said arrested trying to cross Gaza border with food

Israeli police officers arrest a member of the group 'Rabbis for Ceasefire' during their march toward the Erez crossing on the border with northern Gaza Strip on April 26, 2024. (Jack Guez/AFP)
Israeli police officers arrest a member of the group 'Rabbis for Ceasefire' during their march toward the Erez crossing on the border with northern Gaza Strip on April 26, 2024. (Jack Guez/AFP)

Seven rabbis and activists are arrested trying to drive a pickup truck loaded with food into the Gaza Strip from southern Israel, members of the party tell The New York Times.

According to the report, they were among a group of some 30 people from the US and Israel, and the protest was organized by the US-based Rabbis for Ceasefire.

The Israel police declined to comment on the report.

Photos showed several of the participants being dragged away by police. Many of them were waving pieces of matzah in the air.

“We were making the point that Jewish liberation is bound up with Palestinian liberation, that we want freedom for all,” Toba Spitzer, a rabbi from Boston, Mass., who attended the protest but was not arrested, tells the NYT.

The report says the effort was symbolic and expected to fail, given Israeli restrictions on allowing people to cross into the war zone without coordination with the military.

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