(JNS.org) British Member of Parliament David Ward was suspended by his Liberal
Democrat party on Thursday over a recent message on Twitter calling Israel an
apartheid state.

“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?” Ward tweeted last Saturday.

Ward refused
to apologize for the tweet, Reuters

In January, Ward
said he was he was “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.”

Suspended by his party until Sept. 13, Ward until then will
sit in the parliament as an independent.

“[Ward’s] use of
anti-Semitic language veiled in anti-Israel rhetoric has finally been dealt
with by his party,” Paul Charney, chairman of Zionist Federation UK, said in a
statement. “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.”

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Source: JNS.org


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