Skip to comments.Blair sister-in-law: Gaza world’s largest concentration camp [waaaahmbulance chaser]
Posted on 09/10/2008 5:19:17 PM PDT by Alouette
British left-wing activist Lauren Booth remains stuck in Strip after journey to 'break' Israeli naval blockade, equates situation to Holocaust, Darfur
Unlike her brother-in-law, Quartet envoy to the Middle East Tony Blair, who frequently travels from Israel to the Palestinian territories and back, Lauren Booth has found herself stuck in the Gaza Strip.
The British left-wing activist arrived in the Hamas-controlled coastal enclave as part of the dozens of 'Free Gaza' activists who set out on two boats from Cyprus last month with the intent of "breaking" the Israeli naval blockade imposed on the Strip. Booth is one of the 10 activists who chose to remain in Gaza while her companions set sail back to Cyprus.
Since then she has been stuck in Gaza, unable to exit through Israel or Egypt.
In a telephone interview with Ynet on Wednesday, Booth slammed Israel's policies and called Gaza "the largest concentration camp in the world today. I was startled the Israelis agreed to this.
Despite her current predicament, Booth said she has no regrets. "My children are the ones who are suffering, because I'm being prevented from leaving and they can't see me. I don't regret it, because I wanted to come here and help these children who are suffering on a daily basis," she said.
Booth asserted that the current siege is not the result of the policies of the Hamas government. "There's been a siege for 20 years already. Palestinians' freedom of movement has been restricted since the 80s. This is an inexcusable outrage on an international level."
She spoke of the situation in Gaza and said, Yesterday, I visited mothers of children under the age of five. Nutrition here has deteriorated threefold over the last two years because it is impossible to bring food through the crossings. Unemployment has risen, so people can't even afford to buy what food there is left."
'It's as bad as Darfur'
When asked about Israel's right to respond to incessant attacks emanating from Gaza, Booth evoked Holocaust-related rhetoric. "There is no right to punish people this way. There is no justification for this kind of collective punishment. You were in the concentration camps, and I cant believe that you are allowing the creation of such a camp yourselves.
The Palestinians suffering is physical, mental and emotional," she went on, "there is not a family here in which someone is not in desperate need of work, shelter or food. This is a humanitarian crisis on the scale of Darfur.
Booth said that while the media does focus on Gaza, its journalistic criterion remains deeply flawed.
One Western person is stuck in Gaza and the media turns it into a huge story. A million and a half people are stuck in Gaza, and it's a non-story. I am telling you, what is going on here is a tragedy. Whatever is being done, it's not enough.
One person Booth doesn't think is doing enough, is her brother in law Blair. I dont think he has a real idea of what's going on here. I think that the Israeli government is working very hard to keep him in the dark.
Winter fuel shortage
Despite the morale boost from the sea-faring activists, Gaza residents are concerned of the impact the Israeli siege may have as winter nears, and are preparing for long months with limited amounts of fuel. Director of the Palestinian Energy Authority in Gaza warned of an exacerbation of the fuel siege during the cold season. The director said the amount of fuel currently being brought in to the Strip through Israel serves a mere 35% of the Palestinians' needs.
Meanwhile on Wednesday, Egyptian security forces prevented a convoy of local operatives from reaching the Rafah crossing and from there to Gaza.
Hamas slammed Egypts decision, and said that the security forces actions hurt the Egyptian nations feelings and those of the Palestinians.
Ali Waked contributed to the report
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Bring them all to Britain... Mizzzzzzz Blair.
So why isn’t Hamas firing mortars into Egypt now? Why ARE they firing mortars into Israel, and why are the people stuck under these horrendous conditions allowing them to?
“British left-wing activist”
Translation: English person engaged in money-making endeavor using the most unfortunate people she can find as props.
Leave her there forever.
Children, listen to your mother, she knows you are suffering, and she doesn't regret making you suffer. In my mind this is the definition of a bitch. I have no sympathy for a person who puts herself before her kids. These kids are suffering because their mother is a selfish bitch.
Gaza is more like the world’s largest insane asylum.
Is an “activist” anything like a “community organizer”?
Thinks happen when you cross international borders illegally. Maybe she can find a job that Gazans won't do.
“Is an activist anything like a community organizer?”
Just spit balling here so lets see where it hits.
Iran could lay an underwater delivery system providing all fossil fuel needs for free.
Iran could build missiles filled with fuel instead of plutonium. We could all watch as they floated down on parachutes.
The Palestinians could finally be pro choice. Instead of accepting cash from Muslims for a homicide bombing, use the cash to create an economy.
Would appreciate any and all inputs. Working together we could change the world.
Palestinians do not care about anything other than killing Jews.
I think they used to have orange groves there. Must have become citrus-cented fire wood years ago.
“’It’s as bad as Darfur’”
What? She’s been trapped there, too? What is this woman, some sort of misery tourist?
Some one needs to tell this ignorant whore that if her “Palistinian” friends weren’t such murderous bastards there would be no need for the Israeli security check points. Perhaps the silly slut should shed a tear or two for the Israeli children intentionally murdered by the koranimals.
She is conducting a world wide tour of Islamic misery theme parks..
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