UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson fled the House of Commons, avoiding an urgent question from Labour's Emily Thornberry that requested a response to the killing of 60 Palestinian protesters and the injuring of 2,500.
The one-line question, put forward by the Shadow Foreign Secretary, asked “the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to make a statement on the violence at the Gaza border and its impact on the Middle East peace process.” However she was unable to finish her question before Johnson had scuttled out of the Commons.
Johnson laid low in terms of a response to the latest Gaza violence, preferring instead to hand over responsibilities to his Foreign Office colleague, Alistair Burt, who initially blamed the violence on ‘extremist elements’.
Extremely saddened by loss of life in Gaza today. Concerned peaceful protests are being exploited by extremist elements. Urge restraint in use of live fire. Violence is destructive to peace efforts. UK remains committed to a two-state solution with Jerusalem as a shared capital.
— Alistair Burt (@AlistairBurtUK) May 14, 2018
The Foreign Secretary’s action drew dismay from social media users, with some calling his behavior “pathetic” and others saying it was “appalling”.
This is the moment our pathetic disgrace of a Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson scuttles out of the House of Commons to avoid Urgent Question on the Gaza Massacre https://t.co/P6EKFPUgXV
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) May 15, 2018
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