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July 18, 2013 4:20 pm

British MP David Ward Suspended by Party After Asking ‘How Long Can Israel Last’ on Twitter

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MP David Ward.

British Member of Parliament David Ward was suspended Thursday  from the country’s Liberal Democrat party for offensive comments he made about Jews and the state of Israel.

This past weekend, the MP for Bradford East tweeted a message in which he asked: “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?”

His tweet followed a blog post, written in the run up to Holocaust Memorial Day in January, in which 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.”

Those comments earned him an upbraiding from his party’s chief whip Alistair Carmichael.

His suspension is seen as largely symbolic as it comes the day before parliament rises for its summer recess, but the UK’s Zionist Federation Chairman Paul Charney said Thursday he was pleased by the decision.

” I applaud Lib Dem Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP for taking this necessary action. Should Mr Ward continue to abuse his position by using it as a platform to broadcast his prejudice against Jews and Israel, then his party should withdraw the whip permanently. This action sends a clear message that racially prejudiced language will not be tolerated in our society.”

In a letter sent to Ward and released to the public, Carmichael said Ward had previously agreed to use language which was “proportionate and precise” but his tweet crossed the boundary.

“During the meeting we put it to you that your most recent statement – which specifically questions the continuing existence of the State of Israel – is neither proportionate nor precise.

“Unfortunately, we considered your explanation to be unconvincing and it did not satisfy us that you understood the importance of conducting the debate on this issue at all times and in all places in terms that are proportionate and precise.

“We wish to reiterate that this is not about telling you what your views should be. Indeed, we have all visited the occupied territories and we have all experienced an instinctive and liberal reaction to the humanitarian suffering we have witnessed,” Carmichael wrote.

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  • ed

    The Land of Israel belong to ALL Mighty God any man likes it or not ! Man can rant and rave but the God of Abraham Issac and Israel forever sits on his Throne

  • ed

    the arabs don,t like real history they like the made to there perverted thinking true history will open the eyes of anyone who truly want,s to see!!

  • ed

    the dumb ask should read the history of what really happened in the 1948 war the 67 war and the 73 war and how the arabs attacked Israel how the pal,s were jordanians and egyptians ans syrians according to brit mandate !!!!

  • I am wondering where MP David Ward’s ears and brains are when faced everyday with the vitriolic outpourings by the islamists of what they are going to do, not only to the Jews but every infidel in the world, when they get into power. Make no mistake their plan to highlight the Jews as the pivot point of their grievances has been well planned for them to get unjustified sympathy for the so called plight of the Palestinians. What would David Ward do if he was the brunt of such threats to protect himself and country???

    If Israel goes down – so does the rest of the world and it will be the fault of cowardly western politicians like him. WAKE UP!!!

    • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem They Shall Prosper That Love Thee…PSALMS122:6 best know If Israel Go it all falls like dominoes–London Bridges falling down anyway Mr. unfair david ward, take the keys and lock him up for a change!

  • Abdul

    Does this man sit for a constituency with a high proportion of Muslims? If so, he is trying to ensure, by his unacceptable remarks, that he will be re-elected at the forthcoming general election, now only two years away. Best to start early, isn’t it, Mr Ward?