Holly is a symbol of goodwill and joy. In the Victorian language of flowers, holly means foresight. Holly is seen as a symbol of good luck in both Christianity and Islam. But most importantly for me, it is said that disputes are often solved "under the holly tree"
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tutu Shocked by Gaza Conditions (plus video)
Tutu shocked by Gaza conditions
Forty people were also wounded in the 2006 Israeli shelling [GALLO/GETTY]
Desmond Tutu, the South African Nobel Peace prize winner, has said he is shocked by conditions in the Gaza Strip after months of Israeli sanctions.
Tutu, who has been on a UN fact-finding mission to investigate the deaths of 19 Palestinian civilians killed in November 2006, said on Thursday the coastal strip had become "desolate and scary".
He said Israel should ease the blockade, which has resulted in shortages of fuel and other basic goods.
Israel imposed sanctions last year after Hamas seized control of Gaza.
It has tightened the blockade in recent months in response to repeated rocket attacks by Palestinian militants.
Tutu told reporters in Gaza the blockade had to be lifted because "it is a gross violation of human rights".