UK: Lib Dem chiefs summon MP Ward over Israel remarks
LAST UPDATED: 02/08/2013 16:33
British MP David ward has been summoned by his party chiefs over controversial comments he made recently that drew the ire of England's Jewish community.
British newspaper The Independent reported Friday that the Liberal Democrats said "further decisions" would be taken after Jewish leaders demanded action.
Two weeks ago during the signing of a Holocaust memorial book in parliament, Ward stated that while he was “honoring those who died during the Holocaust,” he was also “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.”
Following a public outcry, Ward was formally censured by Alistair Carmichael, chief whip of the Liberal Democrat party for his comments.
However, in an updated post on his website in which he apologized for “the unintended offense which [his] words caused,” he also justified his earlier criticism.
Sam Sokol contributed to this report