What the Gaza Freedom March accomplished: Vu Pensiero
by MainStreet, Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 07:55:54 PM EST
The above video was produced as an afterthought to the Gaza Freedom March earlier this month to sum up its accomplishments, even though most of the 1,300 participants, who traveled to Cairo from 42 countries, never got a chance to enter Gaza. Most of the humanitarian aid driven across Europe and the Middle East in 200 or so trucks accompanied by roughly 400 activists from 14 countries, the British Viva Palestina aid convoy, however, did make it into Gaza, in spite of Egypt's obstacles.
The famous song heard in the Video, Va Pensiero, is by Giuseppe Verdi and was first performed in 1842 when the Northern part of Italy was under Austrian occupation just as Palestine is today. It is about the plight of the Jews, who were exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nabucco.
The piece subsequently become a call for freedom for all occupied peoples around the world. Here it is dedicated to the Palestinian fight for freedom and independence.