UK minister, Warsi quits over Gaza

Posted: August 5, 2014 in World News
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Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi has
resigned from the government, saying she can “no
longer support” its policy on Gaza.
She wrote on her Twitter feed that she was leaving
with “deep regret”.

Lady Warsi, who was previously chairman of the
Conservative Party, became the first female Muslim
cabinet minister when David Cameron took office in
2010.

She grew up in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, and
worked as a solicitor before entering politics.
Lady Warsi was demoted from the cabinet to a
middle-ranking Foreign Office post in 2012. She
was made minister for faith and communities at
the same time.

She wrote on Twitter on Tuesday: “With deep
regret I have this morning written to the Prime
Minister & tendered my resignation. I can no
longer support Govt policy on #Gaza.”

One of five daughters of Pakistani immigrants, Lady
Warsi studied at Leeds University, later working for
the Crown Prosecution Service before setting up
her own legal practice.

Israel launched Operation Protective Edge on 8
July with the stated aim of ending rocket attacks
and destroying tunnels used by Palestinian militants.

Gaza officials say the four-week conflict has killed
1,800 Palestinians. Some 67 Israelis have also died.

Lady Warsi has called on Twitter for more
international action to end the crisis.

On 21 July, she wrote: “The killing of innocent
civilians must stop. Need immediate ceasefire in #Gaza. Leadership required on both sides to stop
this suffering.”

Three days later she added: “Can people stop
trying to justify the killing of children. Whatever our
politics there can never be justification, surely only
regret #Gaza.”

Backbench Conservative MPs have been calling on
David Cameron to take a more robust line with
Israel amid concerns its actions are disproportionate.

Source: BBC

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