Following a six-week suspension from his party for remarks deemed insensitive to Jews and the Jewish state, it took UK Liberal Democrat MP David Ward little time to resume his attacks against Israel after being restored to his position.
In a post to his Twitter account on Tuesday, MP Ward wrote that he was “looking forward” to a Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel’s conference event “on hideous weapons used by Israel in Gaza.”
The Tweet was taken down seconds later and replaced with the more impartial: “Looking forward to #LDFI event tonight on use of sensitive language.”
Jeremy Newmark, chief executive of Britain’s Jewish Leadership Council, said: “The speed at which his attempts to demonize and delegitimize Israel followed his return to the party speaks volumes. The ease and warmth with which some are welcoming Ward back into the fold following the expiry of his suspension is somewhat distasteful.”
Newmark added, “If he does indeed attend the event tonight he might usefully display some humility and contrition.”
LDFI told London’s Jewish News newspaper that “all are welcome” at their event, where panelists discussing the importance of the use of sensitive language in debating the Middle East will include Liberal Democrat chief whip Alistair Carmichael.
In July, shortly before receiving his suspension, Ward tweeted: “Am I wrong or are am I right? At long last the #Zionists are losing the battle – how long can the #apartheid State of #Israel last?”
The tweet followed an earlier blog post, written in the run up to Holocaust Memorial Day, in January, where he questioned how “the Jews,” who had suffered 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?”