August 5, 2014 4:41 am

Muslim member of UK government resigns over policies on Gaza

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.

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LONDON – The U.K.’s first female Muslim Cabinet member has resigned in protest of British government policies on Gaza.

Sayeeda Warsi, a Foreign Office minister, says that she wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday saying she could “no longer support” government policy.

Cameron has supported Israel’s right to defend itself and described unprovoked missile attacks as a war crime.

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Warsi has used her Twitter feed in recent days to signal her unease, writing in one message, “Can people stop trying to justify the killing of children. Whatever our politics there can never be justification, surely only regret.”

Warsi was made Conservative Party co-chairman by David Cameron following the 2010 general election, but was moved to the Foreign Office in a move widely regarded as a demotion.

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