LONDON, UK – Jan. 15, 2010 -- As talk circulates of another Israeli attack, the largest delegation of European MPs will enter the besieged Gaza Strip at around noon on Friday, Jan. 15. Their mission: to survey the damage remaining since the last Israeli invasion just a little more than a year ago, collecting eyewitness testimony they can use to pressure the international community into ending the humanitarian disaster. “With all the saber-rattling between Israel, Hamas and the other parties in the region, it’s easy to forget the real victims of the siege: the nearly 1.5 million people forced to live in fear and deepening poverty. More than 50 percent are youth and children,” said Sir Gerald Kaufman, who will lead 50 MPs and former ministers from 12 countries into Gaza, representing the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG). Kaufman, a British member of Parliament and a former government minister and member of the Shadow Cabinet, is himself Jewish and a member of the Jewish Labour Movement. However, he became increasingly disillusioned with Israeli policies that targeted the Palestinians just as South Africa did its blacks, and is now a prominent critic of actions such as the Dec. 27, 2009, Gaza invasion that left the small strip of land devastated even one year later...
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