OPINION: Why be silent Baroness Warsi, when you can be spiteful?

Baroness Warsi.
Baroness Warsi.

If a reminder were needed of how irrationally polarised opinion on Israel and the Palestinians has become it arrived right on cue, on Tuesday morning, courtesy of the Twitter account of Baroness Warsi.

The former Foreign Office minister, who resigned in August over the Government’s response to the Gaza conflict, felt the appropriate response to news of the slaughter of five Jews in a Jerusalem synagogue at the hands of bloodthirsty psychopaths was to clumsily imply equivalence with anger over Israel’s actions at the Temple Mount.

Rather than pay her respects to the slaughtered, or better still maintain respectful silence, the first Muslim to sit in Cabinet tweeted: “Israeli extremists storm Al Aqsa & intimidate worshippers. Palestinian extremists storm synagogue & kill 4 worshippers.

No matter how legitimate her grievance over the pitiful plight of the Palestinians, Warsi ­– who did much to unite cultures in her role as Minister for Faith and Communities – might reflect on the callous lack of human decency her spitefully mistimed words displayed.

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