Communities Secretary Hazel Blears told the BBC the UK faced a “worrying time” amid fears that the war was radicalising some young people.She said the UK had supported the UN call for a ceasefire and had urged Israel to let more aid into Gaza.
“But I think that [position] isn’t necessarily getting across in the way that I’d like to see,” she continued.
Ms Blears said ministers needed to make sure that people “don’t feel that there’s hypocrisy and double standards”.
She told the Straight Talk programme that the government understood Muslim anger over Gaza.
Senior Muslims have warned ministers that some young people could turn to extremism and violence, rather than conventional protest and pressure, because of the Gaza war.