British MP doubles down on ‘atrocities’ comment

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February 5, 2013 03:13

 
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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.

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 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.


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