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Gaza hunger strikes: 'Gorgeous' George, a Holocaust granny, and angry Frenchmen

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(Read caption) Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, center, and activists of "Gaza Freedom Marchers" shout slogans in support of the people of Gaza during a protest in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, to mark the one-year anniversary of the Israeli invasion of Gaza.

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What do British politician George Galloway, American Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, and dozens of weary protesters in Cairo have in common?

They all want entree to the Gaza Strip – and they're slowly starving themselves to get to the tiny coastal enclave. They've all started hunger strikes this week to protest the fact that Egypt and other regional countries are blocking them from visiting Gaza to denounce Israel's alleged war crimes during the 22-day Gaza war that killed more than 1,400 Palestinians and just 13 Israelis last year.

''I've never done this before. I don't know how my body will react, but I'll do whatever it takes,'' said Ms. Epstein, an 85-year-old American activist who has joined other grandmothers for the hunger strike.

Egypt is blocking Epstein and some 1,300 protesters from entering Gaza through the Rafah border crossing. The protesters – representing scores of activist groups, such as the antiwar women's group Code Pink, from dozens of countries – had take part in a "Gaza Freedom March" to mark the first anniversary of the Gaza War.


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