County MPs condemn Israel's attacks on Gaza as "brutal"

Mid-Worcestershire MP Sir Peter Luff

Mid-Worcestershire MP Sir Peter Luff

First published in News Malvern Gazette: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

A WORCESTERSHIRE MP has waded into Israel's horror attacks on Gaza - and wants Number 10 to take a firmer stance on the crisis.

Sir Peter Luff, a former defence minister between 2010 and 2012, said the bombings were "brutal" and "difficult to justify".

The Mid-Worcestershire MP said the Israeli government had an "absolute right" to protect its people from rocket attacks from Hamas militants, but the reported death toll of more than 1,500 Gaza residents - including hundreds of children - was "unacceptable".

His criticism has cranked up the pressure on David Cameron, especially given Mr Luff's recent spell in the Government.

He said: "I am clear that Israel, in particular, needs to be much more careful about how it reacts to Hamas' extreme provocation.

"We have seen very intense military bombardments of residential areas of Gaza, using non-precision munitions.

"I am convinced that Israel's very sophisticated intelligence-gathering machinery and its high-tech defence industries could do much better in terms of pinpointing and targeting the attacks it is making on the Hamas war machine."

Mr Luff' said the UK must "send a message" to Israel that the recent attacks are out of order, and that it must come from the Government.

Worcester MP Robin Walker has backed him up by saying the West "should condemn" the civilian attacks.

"We are now into something which is disproportionate and Peter uses the words 'brutal', I think it's hard to argue against that," he said.

"I agree with pretty much everything he has said, it's valid criticism.

"The attacks on schools and the like must be condemned by the West.

"I actually went to the mosque in Worcester last week to speak about Kashmir and the conversation soon ended up in concern over what's been happening in Gaza.

"I've already written to the Foreign Office once but I'll be doing so a second time to pass on the concerns I've had from people in Worcester."

Health officials in Gaza say 1,800 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed and more than 9,000 injured since the conflict began nearly four weeks ago.

A seven-hour "humanitarian window" announced by Israel came into effect in parts of Gaza yesterday, halting the bloodshed temporarily.

The Israeli announcement came after a attack near a UN-run school in Gaza on Sunday, killing at least 10 people, sparked international outrage.

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3:04pm Tue 5 Aug 14

3thinker says...

I'm so pleased to see Peter Luff and Robin Walker take a principled stance on the Israel-Gaza situation.

There's simply no reasons that can justify the slaughter of innocent children and especially when sheltering in clearly designated UN protected school compounds. Its a crime against humanity and should be treated as such.

Time for Cameron and the Government to get a grip and make it very clear to the Israeli Government that what they have done is in international law a war crime.
I'm so pleased to see Peter Luff and Robin Walker take a principled stance on the Israel-Gaza situation. There's simply no reasons that can justify the slaughter of innocent children and especially when sheltering in clearly designated UN protected school compounds. Its a crime against humanity and should be treated as such. Time for Cameron and the Government to get a grip and make it very clear to the Israeli Government that what they have done is in international law a war crime. 3thinker
  • Score: 12

4:35pm Tue 5 Aug 14

obidanshinobi says...

As I've mentioned before, the majority of Tory politicians are in a lobby group called Conservative Friends of Israel, there is also a Labour Friends of Israel. Not sure if Peter Luff and Robin Walker are members of CFOI but I'm sure Harriet Baldwin is (West Worcs MP).
My point is how can our government be impartial, fair and reasonable on the situation when they're in bed with the Israeli government ?
As I've mentioned before, the majority of Tory politicians are in a lobby group called Conservative Friends of Israel, there is also a Labour Friends of Israel. Not sure if Peter Luff and Robin Walker are members of CFOI but I'm sure Harriet Baldwin is (West Worcs MP). My point is how can our government be impartial, fair and reasonable on the situation when they're in bed with the Israeli government ? obidanshinobi
  • Score: 9

4:51pm Tue 5 Aug 14

3thinker says...

obidanshinobi wrote:
As I've mentioned before, the majority of Tory politicians are in a lobby group called Conservative Friends of Israel, there is also a Labour Friends of Israel. Not sure if Peter Luff and Robin Walker are members of CFOI but I'm sure Harriet Baldwin is (West Worcs MP).
My point is how can our government be impartial, fair and reasonable on the situation when they're in bed with the Israeli government ?
But good friends should also be there to tell you when you're in the wrong?
[quote][p][bold]obidanshinobi[/bold] wrote: As I've mentioned before, the majority of Tory politicians are in a lobby group called Conservative Friends of Israel, there is also a Labour Friends of Israel. Not sure if Peter Luff and Robin Walker are members of CFOI but I'm sure Harriet Baldwin is (West Worcs MP). My point is how can our government be impartial, fair and reasonable on the situation when they're in bed with the Israeli government ?[/p][/quote]But good friends should also be there to tell you when you're in the wrong? 3thinker
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4:56pm Tue 5 Aug 14

lehig76 says...

I'm sure the Israelis will change their entire regional military strategy now that Peter Luff of Worcestershire has condemned their behaviour. The towering international statesman that he is.

My god they must be quaking in their boots over there. If only he'd said something sooner we could have saved so many hundreds of lives. Instead, we left it to world leaders and mere heads of state to try make these barbarians see the error of their ways.

More condemnation of international issues please Peter, there's a long list, but I'm sure in a few weeks you can achieve world peace.
I'm sure the Israelis will change their entire regional military strategy now that Peter Luff of Worcestershire has condemned their behaviour. The towering international statesman that he is. My god they must be quaking in their boots over there. If only he'd said something sooner we could have saved so many hundreds of lives. Instead, we left it to world leaders and mere heads of state to try make these barbarians see the error of their ways. More condemnation of international issues please Peter, there's a long list, but I'm sure in a few weeks you can achieve world peace. lehig76
  • Score: -6

5:03pm Tue 5 Aug 14

3thinker says...

lehig76 wrote:
I'm sure the Israelis will change their entire regional military strategy now that Peter Luff of Worcestershire has condemned their behaviour. The towering international statesman that he is.

My god they must be quaking in their boots over there. If only he'd said something sooner we could have saved so many hundreds of lives. Instead, we left it to world leaders and mere heads of state to try make these barbarians see the error of their ways.

More condemnation of international issues please Peter, there's a long list, but I'm sure in a few weeks you can achieve world peace.
He's obviously doing more to express his concerns than the Prime Minister of for that matter your local MP Harriett Baldwin.
[quote][p][bold]lehig76[/bold] wrote: I'm sure the Israelis will change their entire regional military strategy now that Peter Luff of Worcestershire has condemned their behaviour. The towering international statesman that he is. My god they must be quaking in their boots over there. If only he'd said something sooner we could have saved so many hundreds of lives. Instead, we left it to world leaders and mere heads of state to try make these barbarians see the error of their ways. More condemnation of international issues please Peter, there's a long list, but I'm sure in a few weeks you can achieve world peace.[/p][/quote]He's obviously doing more to express his concerns than the Prime Minister of for that matter your local MP Harriett Baldwin. 3thinker
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8:06pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Shropshirelad says...

Thank god, they are beginning to make a bit of noise about Israel - but it needs a lot more. Most Tories are in the pockets of Conservative Friends of Israel and that in itself speaks much were their loyalties and support lies. Before the next election, every Tory candidate should be asked if he/she is a member of this tawdry club - if so don't vote for them, simple.
One cannot support the bombing by warplanes, shelling by warships and firing of artillery at a defenceless civilian population and then expect the decent people of this country to put them into our government. We have enough already on Cameron and Hammond to bring their political careers to an end and they cannot redeem themselves. They have damned themselves with what they have or have not said already.
Thank god, they are beginning to make a bit of noise about Israel - but it needs a lot more. Most Tories are in the pockets of Conservative Friends of Israel and that in itself speaks much were their loyalties and support lies. Before the next election, every Tory candidate should be asked if he/she is a member of this tawdry club - if so don't vote for them, simple. One cannot support the bombing by warplanes, shelling by warships and firing of artillery at a defenceless civilian population and then expect the decent people of this country to put them into our government. We have enough already on Cameron and Hammond to bring their political careers to an end and they cannot redeem themselves. They have damned themselves with what they have or have not said already. Shropshirelad
  • Score: 5

11:44am Wed 6 Aug 14

lehig76 says...

I am in no way condoning what is going on in Palestine, but it's seemingly OK for the British military to conduct almost identical operations in Afghanistan. How many civilians have we killed either directly or in conjunction with the US military? AT LEAST 18,000! More than in Palestine (so far in this campaign). What about Iraq...? I could go on. The British people set up charities like “Help for Heroes” to provide assistance to the ‘Heroes’ after sustaining injuries whilst killing innocent civilians in a country they invaded. Of course, the military are powerless to dissent; they follow orders from their government. Our government. YOUR government.

It's disgusting what is happening in the Middle East, but the hypocrisy of most British people is mind-blowing! Leave it to those nations of the world with a clean slate of history - and a clear conscience - to condemn the slaughter.

My local MP is not Harriet Baldwin either.
I am in no way condoning what is going on in Palestine, but it's seemingly OK for the British military to conduct almost identical operations in Afghanistan. How many civilians have we killed either directly or in conjunction with the US military? AT LEAST 18,000! More than in Palestine (so far in this campaign). What about Iraq...? I could go on. The British people set up charities like “Help for Heroes” to provide assistance to the ‘Heroes’ after sustaining injuries whilst killing innocent civilians in a country they invaded. Of course, the military are powerless to dissent; they follow orders from their government. Our government. YOUR government. It's disgusting what is happening in the Middle East, but the hypocrisy of most British people is mind-blowing! Leave it to those nations of the world with a clean slate of history - and a clear conscience - to condemn the slaughter. My local MP is not Harriet Baldwin either. lehig76
  • Score: 1

12:00pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Shropshirelad says...

You make a very good point lehig76. I condemn the British and American foreign policy in all the countries that you mention - particularly in Iraq and I have no qualms whatsoever in condemning the Conservative government for their policy towards Israel. We have a very corrupt government who allow the Israelis to call our tune because they are simply in the pockets of the Israelis, indeed, I begin to wonder whether Cameron and Hammond are Israelis. The Tories have made this country, much to be ashamed of.
You make a very good point lehig76. I condemn the British and American foreign policy in all the countries that you mention - particularly in Iraq and I have no qualms whatsoever in condemning the Conservative government for their policy towards Israel. We have a very corrupt government who allow the Israelis to call our tune because they are simply in the pockets of the Israelis, indeed, I begin to wonder whether Cameron and Hammond are Israelis. The Tories have made this country, much to be ashamed of. Shropshirelad
  • Score: 3

2:57pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

As to Cameron and Hammond (a waste of public money) don't know what they are but they aren't English that's for sure.
And please don't blame the general public for the Wars, it's either the Politicians or Religion. We never get a say in war-like decisions
As to Cameron and Hammond (a waste of public money) don't know what they are but they aren't English that's for sure. And please don't blame the general public for the Wars, it's either the Politicians or Religion. We never get a say in war-like decisions Jabbadad
  • Score: 0

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