George Galloway MP deported from Egypt

Statement from Salma Yaqoob

George Galloway deported

George Galloway MP

‘The decision of the Egyptian government to deport George Galloway MP, and their treatment of those seeking to bring aid to the besieged people of Gaza, is a disgrace.

The Viva Palestina convoy brought desperately needed aid to a population in Gaza subject to a brutal economic blockade by the Israeli government. This blockade was described by the United Nations-sponsored Goldstone report as a form of ‘collective punishment’ against the entire population. Oxfam’s director, Jeremy Hobbs, said that the “world powers have failed and betrayed Gaza’s ordinary citizens” by failing to help bring an end to this blockade. He is right. And Egypt, which borders Gaza, has the ability and the duty to do something positive for the Palestinian people.

Instead, by its obstruction of the Convoy, its brutal assault and tear gassing of its supporters, and now the arrest of Viva Palestina activists and deportation of George Galloway MP, the Egyptian authorities have disgraced themselves in the eyes of the world. Once again they have failed in their humanitarian duty towards their Palestinian neighbours.

I call on supporters of the Palestinian cause to convey their opposition to the deportation of George Galloway to Egyptian representatives, consulates and Embassies throughout the world.’

Salma Yaqoob
Leader Respect Party

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by shaimaa on January 8, 2010 at 19:31

    egypt all the time do the best for all palastinine pepole
    you talk about all that and you forget that the egyption solider who was killed by hamas hunter and all riot thats happend


  2. Posted by Aaron McClusker, Georgia on January 9, 2010 at 01:27

    How can a third world undemocratic despot like Egypt, where torture and human rights abuses are rampant, try to take a stand against a British democratically elected Member of Parliament conducting humanitarian work?

    Those Egyptians are doing someone else’s bidding, why is there no uproar from British parliamentarians?? There would be if it was any other MP….


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