Press Release | 100-Person International Delegation Going to Gaza – Nov 21-25, 2011

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PRESS RELEASE from the Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR)


Brussels/London — November 18, 2011

The Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR) prepares to leave for Gaza on November 21 with its largest international delegation yet. Delegates include renowned politicians from countries in South America, Asia, Africa and Europe; as well as two outspoken Members of European Parliament — Ms. Marisa Matias and Mr. Paul Murphy.

On 4 November 2011, Mr. Paul Murphy was detained on-board the Irish boat, MV Saorise, by Israeli authorities in international waters. Along with other activists, he himself was detained for a week for having tried to help break the Gaza blockade.

Retired United States Army Colonel and former U.S. diplomat Ann Wright will accompany the delegation. She visited Gaza three times in 2009, and was on the 2010 and 2011 Gaza Freedom Flotillas.

The CEPR offers an opportunity to witness the situation on the ground for politicians willing to see Gaza with their own eyes.


The CEPR delegation will meet with local politicians, Palestinian civil society groups as well as with international NGOs and UN agencies working in Gaza. In the aftermath of the Palestinian UN bid and repeated attempts to break the siege of Gaza, this delegation will provide the chance to learn more about the Palestinian predicament.

With the release of the Israeli soldier, the CEPR considers there is no longer any reason for the Israeli Defense Forces to continue maintaining the blockade of Gaza. CEPR Director Dr. Arafat Shoukri claims: “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.”

The CEPR will issue an official joint declaration to end of the siege of Gaza by the politicians on the delegation, and by previous delegates as well as the network of NGOs around the world that support the restitution of Palestinian rights in accordance with international law. This declaration will endorse the free access and movement of Palestinians to and from Gaza by sea, land and air.

To read the 27-page report from the July, 2011 Parliamentary delegation to Gaza, click here

For more information, please contact:
Stuart Reigeluth (stuart(dot)reigeluth(@symbol)
Communication Officer, Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR)
+32 (0)2 503 5402
+32 (0)485 432 425

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انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون

May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ ala grant the Shuhada Jannatul Firdaus, and ease it for their families, loved ones and anyone around them. Allahumma Ameen ya Rabbil Alameen. ‘ Inna Lillahi wa ‘ Inna ‘ Ilayhi Raji’un, Allahu Akbar


* The list of shuhada does not display, the numerous victims of the zionist occupation which are undocumented by media. Nor it displays the victims of the “silent onslaught” due to restrictions of movement, ability to go to hospitals for treatment or life saving surgery, due to lack of medication because of the blockades and so on. For example: The Slow Motion Genocide by the Siege on Gaza only, killed 600 patients since Gaza got under Israeli Siege.

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Neither does this list, display the avoidable mortality. A clear and statistical factual evidence, about the number of deaths due to indecent ruling by occupation forces. For even an occupier has obligations under International Laws, Geneva Convention and the Hague regulations, which it is neglecting. These circumstances, together with deliberate policies of the occupier to neglect and even deny every basic human right, severes avoidable mortality which is totally silenced by media or reporting organisations. While in the Holocaust, 1 on 6 Jewish people directly died of deliberate neglect, so if we believe the facts over 1 million due to avoidable mortality, neither should these same circumstances be ignores which are ongoing in Palestine. For this report displays a avoidable morality of at least 0,5 million Palestinians.

How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.

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