British minister resigns over government’s Gaza policy
British minister Sayeeda Warsi - REUTERS
By THE CAIRO POST

CAIRO: British baroness and cabinet member Sayeeda Warsi resigned from her position Tuesday morning protesting the British government’s Gaza policy regarding the conflict between Israel and Gaza.

“With deep regret, I have this morning written to the Prime Minister (and) tendered my resignation. I can no longer support Govt policy on #Gaza,” said Warsi on her official Twitter account.

“Can people stop trying to justify the killing of children? Whatever our politics there can never be justification, surely only regret #Gaza,” Warsi added on her official Twitter account criticizing Israel’s actions in Gaza.

British Labor leader Ed Miliband on his official twitter feed seconded Warsi, posting “I think Baroness Warsi has acted with principle & integrity. People around Britain have been shocked by the suffering we have seen in Gaza.”

 On September 4, 2012, Warsi was appointed as Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Minister for Faith and Communities. Also, Warsi is a former co-chair of the Conservative Party.

Warsi was also the first Muslim female minister to be appointed in David Cameron’s cabinet.

Miliband stresses on Cameron’s failure to condemn Israel’s “unacceptable” killing of Gaza civilians Sunday, according to The Guardian.

 “Speaking out is necessary to put the pressure on Israel as of course there must also be pressure on Hamas, a terrorist organization, to end this violence,” said Miliband.

Miliband also told LBC Friday that the British government is “in the wrong place in its approach to Israel’s military operation in Gaza.”

More than 1650 Palestinians, most of which are civilians, were killed since the beginning of the ground attack of Israel in the Gaza Strip; meanwhile, 63 Israeli soldiers and 3 civilians were killed, according to various news websites.

There were protests across Britain on July 18 against BBC’s coverage of the Israeli military’s operation against the Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip calling for fair, unbiased and contextual reporting of the events.

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