(JNS.org) Fellow British Liberal Democrats called MP David Ward to question him on his recent controversial comments comparing Israeli actions to the Holocaust, saying that “further decisions” will be made.
Jewish leaders in Britain demanded that Ward answer for his comments in January at the signing of a Holocaust memorial book in the British parliament, where he said that he was “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,” according to the Jerusalem Post.
Ward was censured by Alistair Carmichael, chief whip of the Liberal Democrat party, but later posted on his website, “I will continue to make criticisms of actions in Palestine in the strongest possible terms for as long as Israel continues to oppress the Palestinian people.”
Specifically, controversy arose around Ward’s original statement in which he referred to the Jewish community as “the Jews.” When asked by Britain’s Jewish News when he will remove the new comments from his website, he said, “Can you ask the Board of Deputies [of British Jews] if they are in agreement that I should replace the words ‘the Jews’ with ‘the Jewish community’—if so, I am perfectly happy to do so.”
Britain’s Liberal Democrats have since said, “The Chief Whip (Alastair Carmichael) has assured us that Mr. Ward’s latest comments will be dealt with as a fresh issue.”