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Free Lauren Booth!

Right now, none other than Tony Blair’s sister-in-law is trapped in Gaza:

Booth was one of 44 foreign “Free Gaza” activists who set sail from Cyprus, docking in Gaza last month, and was one of 10 who remained when the others sailed back to Cyprus on Friday. Booth said she has tried unsuccessfully over the past few days to leave through Gaza’s land crossings with Israel and Egypt. … An Israel Defense Forces spokesman, Peter Lerner, confirmed Israel had denied Booth entry, saying there was a policy of refusing entry to anyone from Gaza who did not get there via Israel. “There is no possibility to let in those people who entered by the sea. They cannot enter Israel,” Lerner said. Egypt would not let Booth through its Rafah terminal with Gaza on Saturday.

This genius apparently set out for Hamastan without bothering to figure out how she would be able to leave, and now the swashbuckler of the Mediterranean and the scourge of the Israeli Navy stamps her feet and demands to depart through “the proper channels.” A selfless defender of Palestine! If only Rachel Corrie were here to meet her soul mate.

Booth said diplomatic efforts were still being made to permit her to leave. “Thanks to Israel for letting us feel a real taste of Gazan life,” she added.

A “real taste of Gazan life” is the last thing in the world this coddled charlatan would ever actually want to experience, or ever will experience, because real life in Gaza entails being beaten by Hamas when you speak truth to power. Radical Chic remains as deliciously entertaining as it was when Tom Wolfe walked into Leonard Bernstein’s duplex in 1970. Free Robert Bay! Free Tony Blair’s sister-in-law!



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