Sayeeda Warsi, the senior Foreign Office minister has resigned after Britain’s government failed to condemn Israel over the conflict in Gaza.
Lady Warsi announced her resignation on Twitter on Tuesday morning, after holding back for the World War I commemorations on Monday. In her resignation letter Lady Warsi said that the government was not honouring ethical values by refusing to condemn the ongoing offensive in Gaza by Israel. Her resignation came following the internal argument in the National Security Council after Cameron’s refusal to condemn Israel’s attacks and describe them as disproportionate.
The departure of the first British Muslim cabinet member could be damaging to the government as it may weaken conservative support for ethnic minorities in marginal seats.
Meanwhile Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has demanded that Britain will immediately suspend arms export licences to Israel. Other ministers agreed to review the suspension last week, but Clegg demanded it immediately, as Israel had breached all conditions.
“I believe the actions of the Israeli military overstepping the mark in Gaza, breaches the conditions of those export licences and that’s why we want to see them suspended pending a wider review of whether they should be revoked more permanently in the long run.”
A 72-hour ceasefire was agreed upon on Tuesday by both nations while delegations have been sent to Cairo to harmonise on a permanent ceasefire and to end violence. The 29-day conflict has claimed almost 1900 lives in Palestine and 67 in Israel. – Complied by Mohammad Rassa
Top photo from Sayeeda Warsi’s Twitter account.