Iranian Parliamentarians to Accompany Asian Aid Caravan to Gaza
News number: 8909240305 15:36 | 2010-12-15

TEHRAN (FNA)- A number of Iranian legislators announced their preparedness
to join the Asian Aid Caravan to Gaza to display solidarity with the
oppressed Palestinian people.

The Iranian delegation, comprised of seven lawmakers, will travel with the
group to Syria and from there will head to Gaza via the Rafah crossing in
Egypt to display their solidarity with the Palestinian people in their
resistance against the Israeli regime.

Mahmoud Ahmadi Biqash, Avaz Heidarpour, Parvi Sarvari, Ali Motahhari, Ali
Asqar Zare’i, Hassan Qafourifard and Shabib Jooyjari are the seven Iranian
MPs that intend to join the Asian Gaza Convoy.

A number of 200 members of the Iranian parliament had earlier in a statement
voiced support and solidarity with the Asian continent’s first humanitarian
aid convoy to Gaza which arrived in Iran last Wednesday.

“We have not witnessed many humanitarian aid convoys from Asia and the news
of Asian People’s Solidarity for Palestine (APSP) convoy heading to Gaza
indicates the revival of such activities on this continent”, the statement

“This movement has been organized by the non-governmental organizations and
we hope that the continuation of such moves will lead to the formation of a
popular pro-rights movement independent of states and governments”, the
statement said.

Iranian lawmakers also donated part of their salary toward aiding the
Palestinian people.

A number of 55 activists accompany the Asian Gaza Solidarity Caravan,
organized by the Asian People’s Solidarity for Palestine, a coalition of
social movements, trade unions and civil society institutions of the region.

The current members of the caravan are from India, Pakistan, Japan, Nepal,
Malaysia and Singapore and it is expected that they will be accompanied by
their counterparts from Iran, Bahrain, Turkey, Australia and Azerbaijan.

Thirty-two Indians and eight others from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh,
Malaysia and Japan were not allowed by the Indian Border Security Force to
cross over to Pakistan on foot for want of an NoC from New Delhi and they
took a flight to Iran.

The convoy will carry medical aid and donate two ambulances to the
authorities in Palestine.

The Asian peace activists hope that the move would provide a good
opportunity for breaking the siege of Gaza.

The move came nearly seven months after Israeli forces raided the Gaza
Freedom Flotilla on May 31. Over 100 Israeli soldiers supported by military
choppers boarded a Turkish ship, Mavi Marmara, leading the six-ship convoy
in international waters.

The Israeli commandoes killed 20 international human rights activists and
wounded 80 more. Nine of the victims were Turkish nationals. Some members of
the European parliaments, former western diplomats, reporters and human
rights activists were among the victims of Israel’s brutal act.

The siege of Gaza started in June 2007 when Israel imposed a blockade on the
Gaza Strip. This was supported by the governments of Egypt and the US.

The blockade consists of a land blockade along Gaza’s borders with Egypt and
Israel and a sea blockade. It immediately followed the 2006-2007 economic
sanctions against the Palestinian National Authority following the election
of Hamas to the Palestinian government.

The blockade has attracted criticism from many Human Rights organizations.
September 2009 UN fact-finding mission found that the blockade of Gaza
“amounted to collective punishment”, was likely a war crime and a crime
against humanity and recommended that the matter be referred to the
International Criminal Court (ICC).

Shira’s Note:  This is part of the reason why I started the blog.  The majority of people all around the world must know of things before Israel gets bombarded for defending it’s existence to those who wish for her demise.  To wit, Israel lets millions of goods to Gaza on a daily basis.  Gaza is not hurting for humanitarian aid.  Gaza is oppressed by Hamas and their other Arab leagues to make sure Israel will get the blame for their so called ‘suffering.’  And remember, Hamas is a terrorist entity who wish death for all who oppose Islam, including you, and the countries who are participating in the so called ‘flotilla’ are in fact, helping terrorism flourish.