A letter from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign recently flopped into my Inbox for forwarding to MPs, urging them to write to the Foreign Office and ask what action was being taken to address the growing humanitarian disaster in Gaza.
I edited it slightly and added, to my own MP, that we do mean “action” not the usual mealy-mouthed drivel from Messrs Hague and Burt. “It is high time the British Government demonstrated human decency and discharged its humanitarian obligations in the Holy Land. Lack of meaningful action to end the suffering is an utter disgrace not only on HMG [Her Majesty’s Government] but the entire British people.”
For over six years, the PSC letter pointed out, 1.7 million Palestinians have lived under siege and blockade in Gaza. The Rafah crossing into Egypt, and the tunnels, provided a lifeline for Palestinians needing to enter or leave Gaza, and for food, medicines and fuel to enter. Following the coup in Egypt, Rafah crossing had been closed for many days, and tunnels blocked or destroyed.
As a result, Gazans are suffering intense hardship, while the U.N. reports that “fuel shortages and increased power outages are significantly impacting the provision of essential services, shortages of construction materials are impeding maintenance and rehabilitation of essential service infrastructure, and restricted access for people through Rafah Crossing is impeding access to specialized health services abroad.”
My MP did indeed forward all this to the Foreign Office, but it must have been around the time they were shuffling the ministerial deckchairs which resulted in the sudden exit of Alistair Burt, minister for Middle East affairs, and the arrival of dashing ex-Guards officer Hugh Robertson.
Burt was formerly an officer of the Conservative Friends of Israel [CFI] and therefore an avid supporter of the racist regime just like his boss Agent Hague, who has been a devotee since his teenage years. Hague’s boss, Agent Camron, is a self-proclaimed Zionist.
Does Robertson possess similar qualifications?
He hasn’t declared an interest but the Jewish Chronicle, which keeps a close eye on such detail, reports : “Mr Robertson, a former army major who is also a member of CFI, made headlines earlier this year when he defied MPs who called for a boycott of Israel as hosts of the UEFA under-21 football championships.”
Another suck-up to the thugs in Tel-Aviv, then. The ministerial handover from one Zio-luvvy to another appears to have been achieved seamlessly.
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