Tory Party Chairman Grant Shapps slaps down predecessor Baroness Warsi over Jerusalem terrorism tweets
PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 December 2014
The terrorist murder of four worshippers at a synagogue in Jerusalem caused a row between MP Grant Shapps and his predecessor.
Mr Shapps followed Baroness Sayeeda Warsi into the job of Tory Party Chairman, but was forced to slap down the baroness after she linked the killings with the actions of Israelis, who also view the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque – the Temple Mount – as a holy site.
Following the attack, which left British-born rabbi Avraham Goldberg and three others dead when two Palestinians burst in brandishing guns and meat cleavers, Baroness Warsi tweeted the comments which rankled Mr Shapps.
She wrote: “Israeli extremists storm Al Aqsa & intimidate worshippers Palestinian extremists storm synagogue & kill 4 worshippers #Tragic #peacenotwar”
When criticised by another Twitter user she later added: “r u suggesting there is NO link (nt justification) between murders in the synagogue & the weeks of intimidation & attacks” [sic].
To which Mr Shapps interjected: “To be clear @SayeedaWarsi speaks for herself, not the party.
“Our prayers are w/ families of those murdered.
“No justification for terrorism [sic].”
Speaking about the row, Mr Shapps told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I don’t think there is ever an excuse for terrorism and what Warsi said represented her own views, not those of the Government or Conservative Party.”
Baroness Warsi has not responded to the WHT’s request for a comment.
The peer quit her post as a Foreign Officer Minister in August after branding the Government’s stance on Gaza “morally indefensible”.
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