My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

An aid convoy get to Gaza, but no aid..

Can we blame Israel for this???
After being stranded at the Rafah border crossing for nearly 24 hours, nine members of the Egyptian Parliament were told Tuesday that the construction materials they had hauled for hundreds of miles would not be permitted into the Gaza Strip. The politicians had little choice but to walk in alone.

Organized by the Muslim Brotherhood and two independent MPs, the convoy included several trucks carrying 1,000 tons of steel and 5,000 thousand tons of cement, items not considered humanitarian aid. The fleet was stopped numerous times on its way to Rafah for what with authorities called "security reasons." The trucks eventually were confiscated and denied entry into the Palestinian enclave.

The politicians staged a sit-in at the crossing's gates Monday and Tuesday. Pleas to the leadership of the Egyptian lower parliament, People's Assembly, to intervene failed to persuade authorities to release the confiscated goods. Convoy members accompanied by journalists eventually had to settle for entering Gaza on foot.

"We’ve suffered a lot of obstacles from security authorities since we instigated our route to Rafah," Muslim Brotherhood MP Mohamed Beltagi said. He added that his fellow convoy members were committed to entering Gaza in order to "deliver an important message of solidarity from all Egyptians against Gaza's blockade."

Egyptian officials said that only the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has the authority to ship construction materials into Gaza. Israel claims that building supplies would strengthen Hamas, the militant group that controls the strip.


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