Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair’s sister-in-law, who arrived in Gaza with a boatload of activists protesting an Israeli blockade, said on Tuesday she was stuck there because both Israel and Egypt had denied her entry.
Lauren Booth, sister of the former British prime minister’s wife Cherie, revealed her predicament as Blair visited the region to further Western-backed efforts to achieve a limited Israeli-Palestinian peace deal…
Booth said she has tried unsuccessfully in the past few days to leave through Gaza’s land crossings with Israel and Egypt. “I tried through the proper channels, through the United Kingdom’s embassy, but I was told I was not allowed to come through,” she said after trying in vain to enter Israel.
Overheard on a Gaza beach:
“Hello, Tony? It’s Lauren. Yes, how many Laurens do you know? Guess where I’m calling from!”
“Oh please, not that again. I’m a journalist. This is part of my job.”
“Yes, well, anyway, I’m stuck here. The beastly Israelis won’t let me in, and neither will the Egyptians. And the boat’s already sailed.”
“Yes, of course, I know. But I was so seasick on the way over, and that absolutely horrid Jeff Halper — don’t ask. The freedom fighters here have been very accommodating, but I’m tired of wearing this thing over my face all the time, and although they are fighting for justice and to end oppression, their attitude towards women is still a little too, er, old-fashioned for comfort. By the way, what’s a sharmuta?
“What? Oh my. Can’t you just get them to send a frigate or something? Something large that won’t pitch about so much. Tony, I’m a celebrity, get me out of here!”
Booth claims that Israel is violating the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which affirms a right “to leave any country and to return to his country”. Of course it doesn’t say anything about the right to enter a third country. Look at it this way:
- Booth entered Gaza from which rockets continue to be fired despite a ‘truce’;
- She’s done her best to help the murderous, antisemitic Hamas in their war against Israel;
- And now she wants to be admitted to Israel?
Lauren Booth and her Palestinian passport. This and a few quid will get her on the Underground, if she can swim that far