Gaza/Brussels/London – November 21, 2011
Largest CEPR delegation to date arrives in Gaza
The Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR) arrived in Gaza on Monday, November 21, with its largest delegation of international representatives to date. More than 35 countries are represented by over 90 politicians and civil society members from South America, Asia, the United States and Europe.
Portuguese Member of the European Parliament, Ms. Marisa Matias claims that “the high level of expectation has been met” but that “after 3 years since the destruction of Gaza, the main issue that brought us here still remains to be solved.”
Irish Member of the European Parliament, Mr. Paul Murphy, who was detained onboard the Irish boat, MV Saorise, by Israeli authorities in international waters on November 4, is also amongst the representatives. It not by sea, then by land, the CEPR is striving to break the Gaza blockade.
Other prominent representatives include Clare Short, former UK Member of Parliament and Secretary of State for the Department for International Development (DFID); Ann Wright, former U.S. Colonel and member of the U.S. boat to Gaza, as well as the outspoken Senator from Peshawar, Pakistan, Mr. Mohammad Adeel.
In light of the turmoil erupting in neighboring Egypt, the arrival of the CEPR delegation is a success and aims on Tuesday and Wednesday to advance dialogue with the different Palestinian civil society groups and politicians as well as with international NGOs and UN agencies working in Gaza.
The CEPR’s Director, Dr. Arafat Shoukri reiterates that: “the Israeli siege is a violation of international law; this delegation shows that our friends around the world also want to see the restoration of Palestinians in Gaza.”
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