Saturday, 10 January 2009
A late evening call on Thursday, "would I join a delegation to Gaza?"
"How do we get in, and what do we do there?" I ask.
"The Egyptian authorities are offering help at the Rafah crossing, and UNRWA (the UN Reliefs and Works Agency) will do their best to provide transport and security."
So I have a ticket in hand, hoping to join in Cairo with a group of MEPs of different nationalities, but not convinced that the Israelis will let us pass into the Strip.
If they do, I hope to use my eyes and ears, and then report back in a bid at least to influence the shaping of future EU policy.
It would be my fourth visit to Gaza. It would be also an expression of support for the people I have met in the past whose lives have been made intolerable by the Israeli seige and blockade.
Mind you, I have to change planes in London. It's not the Israelis who are most likely to block my progress, it's Heathrow!
Posted by Chris Davies at 17:50