Liberal Democrats

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.


Lib Dem MP criticised for 'abusing memory' of Holocaust victims

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2013

The chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust has expressed her disappointment over the comments by a Liberal Democrat MP accusing "the Jews" of atrocities in Gaza.

David Ward compared modern Israel to the Nazi regime in remarks on his website - now deleted - made after he signed the Trust's Book of Commitment ahead of Holocaust Memorial day 2013.


Hendon named key election 2015 battleground by Labour

By Jennifer Lipman, January 8, 2013

Hendon has been pinpointed as a key battleground constituency by the Labour Party as Britain marks the halfway point between the 2010 and 2015 election.

The north London constituency was won by Conservative Matthew Offord at the last general election. Mr Offord triumphed over his rival, Andrew Dismore, by just 103 votes.


Peer criticises US relationship with 'powerful Jewish community'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 4, 2012

A Liberal Democrat peer has referred to the role of the "huge and powerful Jewish community" in the United States' decision to vote against last week's Palestinian United Nations bid.

Despite opposition from the Obama administration and an abstention on the part of the UK, the Palestinians won observer status at the UN General A ssembly last Thursday.


Lords’ anti-Israel bias shocks Liberal Democrats peer

By Simon Rocker, November 2, 2012

One of the most recent Jewish members of the House of Lords has said he feels “uncomfortable” at what he considers disproportionate criticism of Israel in the chamber.


Liberal Democrat MP wants medicine from Israel labelled

By Jennifer Lipman, November 1, 2012

A Liberal Democrat MP has called for medicines produced in Israel to be labelled as such.

But Sir Bob Russell, who represents Colchester, said he would have no problem using Israeli-made pharmaceuticals “provided that I was made aware of this”.