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British minister quits over Gaza policy
Published Tuesday 05/08/2014 (updated) 06/08/2014 22:00
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Chairman of the Conservative Party, Sayeeda Warsi delivers a
speech during the first day of the Conservative conference at
the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, central
England, on October 3, 2010.(AFP/Ben Stansall)
LONDON (AFP) -- A British minister resigned on Tuesday over the government's policy on Gaza.

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a minister at the Foreign Office and minister for faith and communities, wrote on Twitter: "With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister & tendered my resignation. I can no longer support Govt policy on #Gaza."

Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron's coalition government has drawn criticism, including from the main opposition Labor party, for not taking a tougher line against Israel over its operations in Gaza.

On Monday, Cameron said the United Nations was "right" to condemn an airstrike near a school in Rafah on Sunday which killed 10 people but would not say whether he thought it was a "criminal" act.

Warsi's parents were Pakistani immigrants and she was made a member of parliament's upper House of Lords in 2007.

She was appointed to Cameron's cabinet when his coalition government took power in 2010 and while she initially had a high media profile, her star had dimmed in recent years.

She was shuffled out of the full cabinet, the powerful inner circle of government ministers, in 2012.

Labour leader Ed Miliband last week accused Cameron of "inexplicable" silence over the suffering of Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

"The government needs to send a much clearer message to Israel that its actions in Gaza are unacceptable and unjustifiable," Miliband said.

"What I want to hear from David Cameron is that he believes that Israel's actions in Gaza are wrong and unjustified, and we haven't heard that from him."

Warsi's resignation drew immediate praise on Twitter from some Labour MPs.

"Very courageous of my brave friend @SayeedaWarsi to resign over this Government's inexplicable silence and total weakness on the #Gaza crisis," wrote Sadiq Khan, Labour's lead spokesman on justice.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, seen as a possible future successor to Cameron, said following Warsi's resignation that events in Gaza were "utterly horrifying and unacceptable."

"I cannot for the life of me see why this is a sensible strategy," the Conservative said on his show on London radio station LBC.

"I cannot for the life of me see the purpose of this. It is disproportionate, ugly and tragic and will not do Israel any good the long run."
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1 ) Levi / USA
05/08/2014 14:33
She should return to Pakistan or move to Gaza to show full support for the Gazans.

2 ) Toda / US
05/08/2014 15:31
Good for you Warsi at least a minister with the balls to speak the truth. Even those spewing support for Israel can be seen doing through gritted teeth!

3 ) mel kamell / malaysia
05/08/2014 16:30
I can feel ..ur move Warsi..,will change the new landscape of UK's politics...,everybody/one.. wiz beautiful heart & love kids.. in UK wll love U Warsi....!! ,time will tell..!!

4 ) Wallis / Us
05/08/2014 16:34
Go babe!

5 ) A.P / UK
05/08/2014 17:52
I take my hat off to you. I wouldnt blindly follow our leaders either. So many innocent palastinian children, women and elders killed in the name of racial cleansing. The UK and USA sit quietly while these atrocious war crimes are committed.

6 ) Maureen / Australia
05/08/2014 20:32
Meanwhile Cameron has attended WW1 memorials! So called Christian. BS!

7 ) NAZ / South Africa
05/08/2014 20:42
Well done Warsi! You are putting leaders accross the globe to shame !!

8 ) Jude Richvale / USA
05/08/2014 21:25
There are no Palestinians, only Israeli Arabs. Before 1964 Arabs in the land did not refer to themselves as "Palestinians". Only after the PLO was established did they all become "Palestinians". This was a clever PR move by Yasser Arafat to lead people to think that they are indigenous and thus "displaced". Truth is they are mostly descended from Jews converted under severe oppression. They should be encouraged to reconnect with their ancient Hebrew heritage and perhaps convert back.

9 ) To A.P. (5) / USA
05/08/2014 23:13
Many innocent deaths in Gaza war is tragic, but if this is the criteria for racial cleansing, then how should we call wars in Algeria - 175, 000 deads, Syria - several hundred thousands, Darfour, Ruanda, and unfortunately many other wars. Let's not tarnish the real meaning of racial cleansing: deliberate extermination of people in its entirety. Gaza population grew from a few hundreds thousands in the 50s to 1.8 million today; 20% of Israelis - Arabs of Palestinian origin. Israeli authorities a

10 ) Joe johns / USA
05/08/2014 23:36
The difference between the United States and the United Kingdom is that the USA has two rings in it's nose and Great Britain has one.

11 ) Lez / New Zealand
05/08/2014 23:47
From little acorns mighty oak trees grow. Light reigns over darkness The people are with you,Peace

12 ) Robert / US
06/08/2014 01:15
#1 levi, you should get out of the US and go home, we dont need your kind here.

13 ) Rudy / IR
06/08/2014 02:07
Go baroness Wasi!

14 ) Sally / Jerusalem
06/08/2014 03:26
This woman is equal to a million men!! Her actions are that of a hero! I haven't seen this much integrity and courage since the victims of Gaza!

15 ) gabi / australia
06/08/2014 03:34
# 1 - and you should move to the occupied territories - you seem to need to be powerful!! btw how can she move to Gaza? It is under blockade, or don't you read any press other than Israeli-hasbara press? And this report says her parents were Pakistani immigrants; she was born in the UK. So, mate, think again before you spout anti-Muslim BS. And while you are (if you are) thinking again, think of this - in the early 20th century such BS was uttered about Jews - and where did that lead? . .

16 ) Nathalie / Lebanon
06/08/2014 04:28
THE USA and U K want to sell weans that is their real business , you think they care about children? War is money for the iluminati crimminals

17 ) Ul Homi / Ecuador
06/08/2014 09:20
American Latin... wake up... Peoplo of USA... wake up... France.... wake up... Italy.... wake up... Hungary.... wake up... Now... England... wake up... World... wake up... All we are with Palestine.... all wake up... now...

18 ) Marco / Canada
06/08/2014 10:01
It would've have been more meaningful if she fought government policy and was dismissed. Now she fades into oblivion maybe lecturing at a couple of universities.

19 ) To A.P. (5) / USA
06/08/2014 23:07
Let's not tarnish the real meaning of racial cleansing: deliberate extermination of people in its entirety. Gaza population grew from a few hundreds thousands in the 50s to 1.8 million today; 20% of Israelis - Arabs of Palestinian origin. Israeli authorities arrested and jailed perpetrators of the recent hateful crime against a young Palestinian. Palestinian civilians are not military target of Israel. The deaths of innocent Palestinians are full responsibility of Hamas!

20 ) Mohamad Afifi / Palestine
08/08/2014 12:56
Shame on countries that support or remain silient on genocide, racial cleansing and abuse of human rights by the so called "Israel". Do you call the murder of children "self-defense"? There is no place in the Middle East for your babe and long live Palestine.
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