Thousands of Blackburn with Darwen residents sign Gaza petition

Thousands of Blackburn with Darwen residents sign Gaza petition

Thousands of Blackburn with Darwen residents sign Gaza petition

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THOUSANDS of Blackburn with Darwen residents have signed a petition asking the Egyptian government to open its border with Gaza to allow humanitarian aid through to Palestinians caught in the Israel/Hamas conflict.

Queen’s Park Labour councillor Mustafa Desai has been collecting names and signatures for the past week.

Already 2,000 people, mainly from mosques, have signed the petition, but now councillors of all three main parties have been asked to do so.

The document is also to be circulated round social centres to ensure it reflects the entire community in Blackburn with Darwen. Coun Desai hopes that more than 5,000 people will have signed the petition before it presented to Egypt's ambassador in London Ashraf El-Kholy next week.

The new military government in Cairo closed the only border crossing with Gaza at Rafah on August 14 last year 'indefinitely'.

Since Israel began its attacks on Gaza on July 8, it has opened briefly and sporadically.

According to Egypt's health ministry, 140 injured Palestinians have entered the country for treatment so far.

Coun Desai said: “We believe the border at Rafah should be open more often and for longer so humanitarian aid can get to suffering Palestinians.

“This petition, which we hope will have between 5,000 and 7,000 signatures by Friday, will be presented to the Egyptian ambassador in London next week.

“We believe it is vital the border between Egypt and Gaza is open for meaningful lengths of time to get aid through to Gaza. Asking the Cairo government to do this is an achievable aim.”

A spokesman for the Egyptian Embassy said: “The border has been opened when it is appropriate and safe. It is a sovereign matter for the Egyptian government which is doing more than any other to try and broker peace in Gaza.

“They are welcome to send the petition.”

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4:56pm Tue 12 Aug 14

tall in the saddle says...

One of the strangest things about this conflict is that none of their fellow Arab neighbouring countries seems to rushing to help the Palestinians. Why won’t Egypt open it’s border with Gaza?
One of the strangest things about this conflict is that none of their fellow Arab neighbouring countries seems to rushing to help the Palestinians. Why won’t Egypt open it’s border with Gaza? tall in the saddle
  • Score: 21

5:35pm Tue 12 Aug 14

phil kernot says...

Makes you sick to the stomach that man has learnt absoloute zero about wars and conflict since the iron ages, and all because people want to live separate lives not get on with there neighbours and that backward attitude it's our terrrority ,, until that attitude is lost there will never be peace ,,,, doesn't mean you have to stoop as low as to who fires the ist bullet ,,, ,,, mans on the eave off distruction it looks like ,,, let's hope we're wrong ,,
Makes you sick to the stomach that man has learnt absoloute zero about wars and conflict since the iron ages, and all because people want to live separate lives not get on with there neighbours and that backward attitude it's our terrrority ,, until that attitude is lost there will never be peace ,,,, doesn't mean you have to stoop as low as to who fires the ist bullet ,,, ,,, mans on the eave off distruction it looks like ,,, let's hope we're wrong ,, phil kernot
  • Score: 16

6:28pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Markus Spartacus says...

Any of the community or mosques signing a petition to stop the slaughter of innocents in Iraq and Syria by the 'peaceful religion'? Or do they look the other way when it is non Muslims who are the victims? Make your own mind up.......
Any of the community or mosques signing a petition to stop the slaughter of innocents in Iraq and Syria by the 'peaceful religion'? Or do they look the other way when it is non Muslims who are the victims? Make your own mind up....... Markus Spartacus
  • Score: 31

7:38pm Tue 12 Aug 14

sen c b l says...

It may well be a peaceful religion but the followers aren't.
It may well be a peaceful religion but the followers aren't. sen c b l
  • Score: 23

12:33am Wed 13 Aug 14

Papadoc The Major MC says...

The Israeli Jews are no better than the Palestine Arab Islamic Nations.
One talks about the Jewish Horror's & monstrosities that accrued by the Nazis in 2nd WW. Don't you think!! in a smaller version The Jews are doing the same to the Muslims.
The Israeli Jews are no better than the Palestine Arab Islamic Nations. One talks about the Jewish Horror's & monstrosities that accrued by the Nazis in 2nd WW. Don't you think!! in a smaller version The Jews are doing the same to the Muslims. Papadoc The Major MC
  • Score: -9

12:37am Wed 13 Aug 14

VICKY P says...

Markus Spartacus wrote:
Any of the community or mosques signing a petition to stop the slaughter of innocents in Iraq and Syria by the 'peaceful religion'? Or do they look the other way when it is non Muslims who are the victims? Make your own mind up.......
If you bothered reading the article you would have known Mustafa Desai is working to have the border open for ALL Gaza citizens not just Muslims. There are 1000's of Christians and Jews who live in Gaza. So never mind all the look the other way rubbish, at least members of the 'peaceful religion' are trying to do something for the oppressed HUMAN-BEINGS, unlike some others.............
[quote][p][bold]Markus Spartacus[/bold] wrote: Any of the community or mosques signing a petition to stop the slaughter of innocents in Iraq and Syria by the 'peaceful religion'? Or do they look the other way when it is non Muslims who are the victims? Make your own mind up.......[/p][/quote]If you bothered reading the article you would have known Mustafa Desai is working to have the border open for ALL Gaza citizens not just Muslims. There are 1000's of Christians and Jews who live in Gaza. So never mind all the look the other way rubbish, at least members of the 'peaceful religion' are trying to do something for the oppressed HUMAN-BEINGS, unlike some others............. VICKY P
  • Score: 6

1:03am Wed 13 Aug 14

WilmarSmiley says...

Markus Spartacus wrote:
Any of the community or mosques signing a petition to stop the slaughter of innocents in Iraq and Syria by the 'peaceful religion'? Or do they look the other way when it is non Muslims who are the victims? Make your own mind up.......
I haven't seen Baroness Sayeeda Warsi jumping up and down or pontificating about the current situation in Iraq and Syria either.
Incidentally, to the best of my knowledge, the people of Gaza voted overwhelmingly for the terrorist organisation Hamas, to represent them and so they got a terrorist run state.
Any one with half a brain would have ceased attacking Israel long since and taken the negotiations from there.
[quote][p][bold]Markus Spartacus[/bold] wrote: Any of the community or mosques signing a petition to stop the slaughter of innocents in Iraq and Syria by the 'peaceful religion'? Or do they look the other way when it is non Muslims who are the victims? Make your own mind up.......[/p][/quote]I haven't seen Baroness Sayeeda Warsi jumping up and down or pontificating about the current situation in Iraq and Syria either. Incidentally, to the best of my knowledge, the people of Gaza voted overwhelmingly for the terrorist organisation Hamas, to represent them and so they got a terrorist run state. Any one with half a brain would have ceased attacking Israel long since and taken the negotiations from there. WilmarSmiley
  • Score: 17

9:22am Wed 13 Aug 14

TONY WALES says...

Markus Spartacus wrote:
Any of the community or mosques signing a petition to stop the slaughter of innocents in Iraq and Syria by the 'peaceful religion'? Or do they look the other way when it is non Muslims who are the victims? Make your own mind up.......
It's a classic case of the 3 brass monkey's.......

SEE NOW'T
HEAR NOW'T
DO NOW'T.

Muslim people are only concerned with themselves They are only concerned with people of their religion. Anybody else they will not help, in fact in Iran if you change to be a Christian they will kill you.

I have never trusted them for this reason.
How much money have they sent to help the people of Iraq.?
How much aid have they provided to the Yazidi sect in Northern Iraq?
ANSWER........They have sent NOTHING

Are they supporting the Islamic State (IS)?
Because there are some British Muslim's fighting for them.
So you need to be careful when dealing with Muslim's asking for aid to Gaza. GIVE THEM NOW'T.
Because they give other people who are also being killed NOWT.
[quote][p][bold]Markus Spartacus[/bold] wrote: Any of the community or mosques signing a petition to stop the slaughter of innocents in Iraq and Syria by the 'peaceful religion'? Or do they look the other way when it is non Muslims who are the victims? Make your own mind up.......[/p][/quote]It's a classic case of the 3 brass monkey's....... SEE NOW'T HEAR NOW'T DO NOW'T. Muslim people are only concerned with themselves They are only concerned with people of their religion. Anybody else they will not help, in fact in Iran if you change to be a Christian they will kill you. I have never trusted them for this reason. How much money have they sent to help the people of Iraq.? How much aid have they provided to the Yazidi sect in Northern Iraq? ANSWER........They have sent NOTHING Are they supporting the Islamic State (IS)? Because there are some British Muslim's fighting for them. So you need to be careful when dealing with Muslim's asking for aid to Gaza. GIVE THEM NOW'T. Because they give other people who are also being killed NOWT. TONY WALES
  • Score: 16

12:30pm Thu 14 Aug 14

dinger123 says...

I will be signing NO petition, what about signing of petition regarding the genocide in Iraq against all the British muslims who are helping isis in Iraq killing all the innocent Kurds and trying to wipe out Christianity. That's what we should be signing is to stop all those going to Iraq and Syria from Britain and not allowing them back in this country.
I will continue to buy Israeli products and not being dictated too by brainwashed individual bullys!
I will be signing NO petition, what about signing of petition regarding the genocide in Iraq against all the British muslims who are helping isis in Iraq killing all the innocent Kurds and trying to wipe out Christianity. That's what we should be signing is to stop all those going to Iraq and Syria from Britain and not allowing them back in this country. I will continue to buy Israeli products and not being dictated too by brainwashed individual bullys! dinger123
  • Score: 7

5:52pm Thu 14 Aug 14

cathedral citi says...

why is a local ward councillor, elected by the local electorate to represent them at a local level, sticking his nose in to international politics? politics of which he has very little, if any knowledge of?

Never mind collecting thousands upon thousands of useless signatures, to hand to a far off foreign government.......

I suggest councillor Desaii sticks to local politics, and tends to the needs of his local electorate........in
stead of playing international politics with his ward, for one's self gain......
why is a local ward councillor, elected by the local electorate to represent them at a local level, sticking his nose in to international politics? politics of which he has very little, if any knowledge of? Never mind collecting thousands upon thousands of useless signatures, to hand to a far off foreign government....... I suggest councillor Desaii sticks to local politics, and tends to the needs of his local electorate........in stead of playing international politics with his ward, for one's self gain...... cathedral citi
  • Score: 9

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