Baroness Warsi left a message on Twitter following her resignation Photo: AFP/Getty Baroness Warsi left a message on Twitter following her resignation Photo: AFP/Getty

Warsi’s resignation is a political crisis for Cameron -  one of his most high profile female members has openly questioned his government’s policy on Gaza writes Faduma Hassan

Baroness Warsi has today resigned from the coalition government in a challenge to David Cameron over Britain’s “morally indefensible” approach to the continual conflict in Gaza. Warsi who has been fairly open about her view on the mounting violence has turned to Twitter since the onslaught started, writing: “the killing of innocent civilians must stop”. 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.”


The Tory grandee again turned to Twitter to declare her shock exist by announcing she can “no longer support Government policy on Gaza”. This resignation is no moral victory for Warsi but it is certainly damage to Cameron. It is indeed a political victory for those tireless campaigners who continue to mount the pressure for the coalition to change its policy on the situation in Gaza.

Warsi’s resignation has definitely forced a sort of political crisis when one of its most high profile female members has openly questioned their policy. Cameron’s government seem to have misjudged the public’s feelings on this situation. Cameron’s own Conservative backbenchers are also adding to this pressure by asking for a tougher line with Israel as their actions in Gaza are deemed even by them to be ‘disproportionate’.

Pressure on Labour

The pressure of the movement has clearly had an impact on Labour as its leader Ed Miliband has come out to say:

“the prime minister is wrong not to have opposed Israel’s incursion into Gaza. And his silence on the killing of hundreds of innocent Palestinian civilians caused by Israel’s military action will be inexplicable to people across Britain and internationally.”

It is clear to see there are obvious cracks in the government on their defence of Israel’s continual offensive in Gaza and silence about their war crimes. We have to break our country’s and the west’s support for Israel. They are dependent on US and UK arms to fund their war on Gaza. The US recently supplied ammunition to the Israelis who were running short mid-campaign. UK support is also vital to the Zionist project. Our demands here should be clear. Our government must pull the plug on Israel’s war machine. Mass popular protest can make this happen.

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