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Lib Dem MP David Ward defends remarks about Israel.

By   The Guardian, Friday 25th January 2013.   Find Full Article Here:-

Ward has faced intense criticism since accusing ‘the Jews’ of inflicting daily atrocities on Palestinians.

Auschwitz gates

David Ward accused “the Jews” of “inflicting atrocities on Palestinians … within a few years of liberation from the death camps”. Photograph: Jacek Bednarczy/EPA

A Liberal Democrat MP facing disciplinary action over comments about Israel‘s treatment of Palestinians that he made ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day has said he will defend his actions in front of his party’s chief whip.

David Ward posted an item on his website about honouring those who were persecuted and killed during the Holocaust but also accusing “the Jews” of “inflicting atrocities on Palestinians … on a daily basis”.

Despite coming in for intense criticism on social media and elsewhere, the MP stood by his comments and said later that he would set out his case if he faced disciplinary action. “I shall try to explain my position. No doubt the chief whip will explain why he feels what I have done is wrong,” he added.

The original comments relate to a post on Ward’s website about his signing of a book of commitment which was placed in the House of Commons by the Holocaust Educational Trust to give MPs the chance to honour those who suffered and died.

The post contained a comment from the MP: “Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.”

Responding to the controversy, Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “I am deeply saddened that at this sombre time, when we remember those who were murdered by the Nazis, Mr Ward has deliberately abused the memory of the Holocaust, causing deep pain and offence – these comments are sickening and unacceptable and have no place in British politics.”

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