Tuesday, 29 July 2014

British Turkish politician receives death threat for views on Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Baroness Ece-Hussein. Photo by David James

The UK’s highest ranking politician of Turkish origin has received death threats following her comments on social media about the Israeli assault on Palestinians. On Saturday, Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece OBE was threatened with beheading by a poster on Twitter. 

The Liberal Democrat peer has been highly vocal in highlighting the plight of innocent Palestinians, while condemning Israel’s actions since the conflict broke out three weeks ago. Palestinian officials say 1,115 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the fighting since 8 July while Israel has lost 53 soldiers and three civilians - two Israelis and a Thai worker.

The poster, who goes under the name of John Lilburne, told the Baroness to “f**k of back to Cyprus [sic]” before tweeting: “How about I come to House of Lords and behead you and put your head on a stick”.

The matter is being investigated by the police.

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