Lauren Booth joins us this episode to talk about her background, her path to accepting Islam and more. Booth is an English broadcaster, journalist and pro-Palestinian activist. She currently works as a freelance writer and Media Consultant. In 2012 she co-founded the UK charity Peace Trail.
In August 2008 she traveled to Gaza by ship from Cyprus, along with 46 other activists, to highlight the blockade of the Gaza Strip and deliver hearing aids and balloons to a deaf school in Gaza. Booth was subsequently refused entry into both Israel and Egypt. She said that by refusing her the right to leave Gaza and return to her home country, Israel was in breach of Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, specifically regarding freedom of movement. Booth stated that Gaza is “the largest concentration camp in the world today”, although the Jerusalem Post suggested that several photographs of Booth in a well-stocked Gaza grocery “bel[ied] the grim picture she painted of the Strip”. During her visit, Booth received a Palestinian VIP passport from Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya. Booth left Gaza through the Rafah Border Crossing into Egypt on 20 September 2008. In 2009 Booth returned to Gaza with the Aid convoy Viva Palestina, set up by the UK Politician George Galloway. Since 2012 she has returned on several occasions as the Chair of Trustees with the charity she co-founded Peace Trail delivering assistance to students and families in the region.*
You can follow Lauren on Twitter @LaurenBoothUK