Sunday, August 24, 2008

Tony Blair's sister-in-law Lauren Booth sails against Gaza blockade...

Lauren Booth, the sister-in-law of Tony Blair, was one of seven Britons among 44 civilian activists that set sail from Cyprus today, on a mission to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. 

Wearing a “Free Gaza” neck charm and standing barefoot in the humid heat before boarding one of two wooden boats in Larnaca port, Ms Booth, a half-sister of Cherie Blair, said: “These boats should be loaded with diplomats from around the world wanting to pursue the rights they supposedly represent.” 

She challenged Mr Blair in his role as the international special envoy to the Middle East to “show some guts” and visit Gaza Strip. “Lip-service to the suffering of the Gazans without witnessing it at first hand makes a mockery of his [Blair’s] role,” she told The Times. 

An attempt by Mr Blair to visit Hamas-controlled Gaza last month postponed at the last minute because of security concerns, although his office insists he will try again. More...

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