Liberal Democrats

David Ward digs deeper, backed by Chomsky

By Jennifer Lipman, February 11, 2013

Liberal Democrat MP David Ward has stated that it is "important to ask" whether Israel's behaviour toward the Palestinians is "because of the Holocaust".

Asked on Twitter whether he thought "agents of the Israeli state are doing such things because of the Holocaust?" the Bradford East MP said he did not know.


Lib Dems promise to deal with David Ward's latest comments about Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2013

Representatives of the Anglo-Jewish community have raised the question of MP David Ward’s string of comments about Jews during a meeting with Liberal Democrat chief whip Alastair Carmichael.


Sunday Times apologises over cartoon but Ward unrepentant

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2013

The Sunday Times dedicated its editorial last weekend to apologising for “crossing the line” after publishing a cartoon depicting the Israeli prime minister “revelling in the blood of Palestinians” on Holocaust Memorial Day.


Ward backs Israel boycott as Clegg defends Lib Dem action

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2013

The leader of the Liberal Democrats has defended the action taken by the party over MP David Ward's attack on "the Jews".

Nick Clegg, questioned on David Ward's comments during his weekly LBC phone-in show, denied that he had not been tough enough.

"I stand by his apology," said Mr Clegg. "He was right to apologise because he was wrong."


David Ward blames pro-Israel 'machine' for HMD comment controversy

By Jennifer Lipman, February 6, 2013

The Liberal Democrat MP who was disciplined by his party's chief whip last week for accusing "the Jews" of failing to learn the lessons of the Holocaust has blamed "a huge operation" of Israel supporters for the controversy.


David Ward responds to Holocaust comments

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2013

The Board of Deputies has attacked as “wholly inadequate” the response of the LibDems to an MP who compared the Holocaust to the actions of “the Jews” over the treatment of Palestinians.

Bradford East MP David Ward made the remarks after he signed the annual book of remembrance for Holocaust Memorial Day.


The week extremism became mainstream

By Martin Bright, January 31, 2013

In January 2013, a watershed was reached in the history of anti-Zionism. Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), a time for reflection and collective grief for the suffering of the victims of genocide, was overshadowed by two men.

First, LibDem MP David Ward drew a parallel between the death camps and the “atrocities” against the Palestinian people by “the Jews”.


David Ward formally censured by Lib Dems over 'the Jews' and Holocaust slur

By Jennifer Lipman, January 29, 2013

A Liberal Democrat MP summoned to meet his party whips following comments accusing "the Jews" of failing to learn the lessons of history has been formally censured for his remarks.

David Ward made the slur on his personal blog on Friday, having signed the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Remembrance to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.


UN Palestine expert Falk: Hamas like French resistance

By Jennifer Lipman, January 28, 2013

The United Nation's Palestine expert has compared Hamas terrorists to fighters with the French resistance during the Holocaust.

Richard Falk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, made the comments in a piece posted on the Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine website.


No offence meant, says David Ward over remarks about Jews, Holocaust and Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2013

A Liberal Democrat MP criticised by his own party over remarks accusing “the Jews” of having failed to learn the lessons of the Holocaust has defended his comments.

Bradford East MP David Ward posted the remarks on his personal blog on Friday, shortly after signing the Holocaust Memorial Trust’s book of remembrance ahead of today’s annual memorial day.