Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Letter to MP, Gaza Aid Flotilla

Dear Mr Graeme Morris, MP

Re: Gaza Aid Ship

I am writing to you so I can convey my disgust at the Israeli raid on the Gaza aid flotilla which resulted in many people losing their lives. I am also disgusted at the lack of outright condemnation for the Israeli actions.

As I understand it, the ship was in international waters flying the Turkish flag which makes that ship Turkish territory. The raid was in effect a war crime and the passengers have in effect been murdered and kidnapped. Israel's claim that they were defending themselves should be dismissed with the contempt it deserves.

Could you possibly imagine a scenario whereby Iran's Revolutionary Guard intercepting and raiding a ship in the Gulf, killing many people onboard? Could you imagine what we in the west would have to say about it? What would we do? But as usual, Israel under the shelter of the U.S. veto, knowing that any criticism will be watered down, get away with murder time and time again. I've heard it all before from our politicians - "we're deeply concerned", "we urge restraint for both sides" etc and then it's forgotten about. I'm hoping you are different.

Then there is the decade-old vile blockade that Israel intensified 3 years ago when Hamas won elections there. The UN has said that Gaza receives less than one quarter of the aid it needs. Gaza is now an open-air prison with Israel controlling its skies, borders and waters which proves that occupation is still not over. And as it's not yet over, Israel should be responsible for Gaza's people under international law. How have Israel escaped justice all this time? Crimes against humanity are ongoing.

Britain votes every year at the general assembly on the peaceful settlement of the Palestine question. I see we vote with the rest of the world for Israel to abide by international law and retreat to the 67 borders. A vote that has about 5 dissenters each year, namely the U.S., Israel and a few U.S. dependent Pacific atolls.

When is this absurdity going to end? When will we act?

Sincerely,