Ras Mubarack, A Ghanain MP and active member of the Palestine solidarity movement, has been denied access to Palestine by Israeli forces. Mubarak explained on Facebook how he was invited by the Palestinian Authority to give a speech in Ramallah but was stopped at Jordan. On Tuesday, Mubarack wrote “What is this rogue state (Israel) afraid of? …that I would witness the occupation first hand and call them out for the terrorists they are?” bringing into question the motives of the Israeli government.
Israel and Palestine have been fighting over Gaza since the end of World War II, when the Jews were given a large part of Palestine. This was considered their traditional home but the Arabs who already lived there and in neighbouring countries felt that was unfair and didn’t accept the new country.
After many years of conflict, Israel still holds Gaza under a blockade. The life of the 1.5 million living on the Gaza Strip can be tough, as the restricted access means a restriction on goods. Although food is allowed, aid agencies say there is not enough. This restriction also effects trade and leaves many without any form of disposable income, making life in the strip unpleasant. They also experience regular power cuts and have no working airport due to the extremely regimented boarder and coast control implemented by Israel.
Ras Mubarak has always been vocal against the occupation and recently led a Palestinian Solidarity Campaign in Ghana in protest of the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He also led a pro-Palestine march in Accra.
Mubarak ensured that “the politics of discrimination and apartheid should have no place to thrive in the 21st century” and he will continue to support the Palestinian government and try to gain justice for the people of Gaza.