Israel Blocked EU Fact-Finding Delegation From Entering Gaza

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An EU delegation of 13 left-wing politicians from five EU countries attempted to visit the Gaza Strip on a fact-finding mission to report on the results of actions by the IDF in the area in the recent seven week action, but were blocked by Israel from entering.  The various MEPs on the humanitarian mission were from Cyprus, France, Ireland, Portugal and Spain and were led by the Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson.

Calling themselves the “United Left” delegation, the group arrived on Wednesday in Tel Aviv hoping to take part in a three day fact-finding mission to establish the consequences of the latest, seven week long military action by Israel against Gaza. The group was also hoping to meet with both Palestinian and Israeli civilians during their stay.

Another member of the delegation, Pablo Iglesias, who is the leader of the new Spanish “Podemos”  party, told the Spanish media that they were immediately blocked by Israel from entering the Gaza Strip. Iglesias told the local Spanish newspaper 20 Minutos that they had no idea why their entrance was refused. Stating that they were European Parliamentarians only wishing to see what could be done in the way of additional humanitarian aid, Iglesias felt that Israel should give them access to Gaza.

Anderson of Sinn Féin was completely taken aback by the refusal of Israel to let them enter the area, saying that the Israel government refused their entry on the ground that their visit was not directly concerned with providing humanitarian assistance in the region. Despite the fact that they were an official EU fact-finding delegation, Israel blocked them from entering the Gaza Strip.

Anderson said that the current humanitarian situation in the region is “horrific and harrowing” and stressed that the group wished to enter Gaza to get a first hand grasp of the situation on the ground. This would then enable the MEPs to pass the information to the EU Parliament in order to push for greater humanitarian aid from Europe for the people of Gaza and towards ending the current blockade and occupation of the area. She further stressed that the MEPs wished to visit groups already receiving funds from the EU and that the decision to block their entry “beggars belief,” while calling on Israel to overturn their decision.

Apparently a spokesman for Israel, Emanuel Najshon, told diplomatic sources that the Israeli government was not comfortable with the idea of the visit, after several public statements had been made by group members. Najshon said the visit was not considered by them to be official and that it would, in effect, be taken as a show of support for Hamas.

Najshon added that they do allow official delegations along with humanitarian aid to enter Gaza. However, he said that in their opinion, the MEPs’ visit was actually a private one that would “strengthen Hamas,” adding that they had no interest in this and that the party could enter through Egypt if they wished to visit Gaza.

Despite the setback, Anderson has told the BBC that the delegation intends to stay in Israel for four days and that they hope to meet with both elected Palestinian and Israeli representatives during their stay.  She hoped that despite the fact that Israel blocked the EU delegation from entering Gaza, their fact-finding mission can be concluded in some form.

By Anne Sewell

Sources:

The Local

BBC

20 Minutos (Spanish language)

12 Responses to "Israel Blocked EU Fact-Finding Delegation From Entering Gaza"

  1. Amnon Michael Cohen (@AmnonMikeCohen)   December 20, 2014 at 1:25 am

    The European Union may think that by supporting the Historical lies and distortion it will save itself from what is coming to it from the very same people they are afraid of, leaving us in Israel to be the only ones in the world siding with the truths and facts of not surrendering to open evil conducts inside and outside Arabs nations = you are on the loosing side, when you do not support the only actually (Struggling) human honest and wise nation in our world.

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  2. Clifton Buck-Kauffman   October 4, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    The Sayanim in action disputing reality at every turn… Isn’t it remarkable how devoted to hiding the truth is for so many commenters!

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    • Anne Sewell   October 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Yes, but fortunately the world is starting to wake up to all the cr*p.

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  3. Prof. Paul Hatgil   September 20, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    If I noted I posted many times : Jews are not Semites, they are Khazars. 500 million Arabs are Semites.

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    • Anne Sewell   September 21, 2014 at 12:10 am

      And Semites were mentioned in the article where????

      However “Today, the word “Semite” may be used to refer to any member of any of a number of peoples of ancient Southwestern Asia descent including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews (Jews), Arabs, and their descendants.”

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  4. Daniel   September 7, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Oh I see, now the EU is interested in Gaza. Funny how they couldn’t care less about what was happening in Gaza when Hamas was moving in thousands of rockets and mortars to be used against a civilian population. Where was their “fact finding mission to Gaza” then? I guess the facts which don’t support a particular narrative aren’t worth finding. So if Israel tells the Europeans to go sh*t in their hats then I can certainly see why.

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    • Anne Sewell   September 8, 2014 at 12:33 am

      Actually the left wing has always been concerned about what is happening in Gaza, its just that the MSM tends to avoid reporting that.

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  5. jlevyellow   September 5, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Why have these Leftists not visited Sderot or Ashkelon in Israel. Why hasn’t the simple notion of reciprocity suggested to them that if Israel is to be investigated for “war crimes,” so Hamas should be investigated? Why isn’t Israel being offered European funds to rebuild the damage it has suffered in this conflict at the hands of Hamas? This one-sidedness is a transparent application of separate rules for Jews. In discussions about the Middle East, drop the appellations of “Israel” and “Palestinian” and substitute “A” and “B” to determine whether there is any unfairness involved here.

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    • Anne Sewell   September 7, 2014 at 2:57 am

      “Why isn’t Israel being offered European funds to rebuild the damage it has suffered in this conflict at the hands of Hamas?” Basically because there is so little of it, and Israel is already so well funded by the USA.

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  6. igorkhaitIgor   September 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Why left-wing moonbats are in love with muslim extremists and murderers are beyond me. Even raw antisemitism does not explain this. Do they not understand that their atheistic heads would be first on the chopping block? Pitiful morons

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    • Sarfaraz   September 7, 2014 at 2:48 am

      What an ignorant and racist comment here! For igorkhaitlgor solidarity with one another has to come based on race, and religion, rather than on human grounds.

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  7. blowoff2014   September 5, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    “the party could enter through Egypt if they wished to visit Gaza.”

    So what’s with the big display of coming in through Israel? Just looking for some publicity which will be lacking if they enter from Egypt?

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