British MP David Ward doubled down on comments perceived to be anti-Israel that
he made during the signing of a Holocaust memorial book in parliament in London
just over a week ago.
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At the time, Ward drew the ire of England’s Jewish
community when he 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
Following a public outcry, Ward was formally censured by Alistair
Carmichael, chief whip of the Liberal Democrat party for his
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.