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During their second visit to the Middle East in October 2010, the Elders spent a day in Gaza to see first-hand the impact of the ongoing blockade by Egypt and Israel.
At the start of their October 2010 visit to the Middle East, Mary Robinson, Ela Bhatt and Lakhdar Brahimi spent a day in the blockaded Gaza strip. A ban by Israel and Egypt prohibits the import of building materials and severely restricts the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza. The Elders say the blockade is illegal, unconscionable and counterproductive – and call for it to be lifted immediately.
Twenty Palestinian students leave Gaza for the first time to meet Desmond Tutu, Graça Machel and Mary Robinson in South Africa, and Gro Brundtland in Norway.
Ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, The Elders met young Africans from across the continent in Johannesburg, South Africa. Together, they sought to capture the energy and excitement surrounding the tournament by creating a 'Game Plan for a Winning Continent'.
As part of their visit to Cyprus in December 2009 Desmond Tutu, Lakhdar Brahimi and Jimmy Carter took part in a discussion on building trust in conflict-affected communities.