In January, we wrote about Liberal Democrat MP David Ward, who became embroiled in a row over comments he made about Israel.
At the time, party leader Nick Clegg had a meeting with Ward and expressed his concern at the MP’s comments after a complaint was received from the Holocaust Educational Trust. Duly chastised for telling the truth, we heard no more of the David Ward saga.
It seems that Clegg couldn’t drop the issue and has withdrawn the party whip from Ward, meaning that he is expelled from parliamentary party until the autumn.
If you didn’t catch the comment David Ward made on his website in January, it was that 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”.
Any nonpartisan thinker would find his comment reasonable and factual – reflecting the situation of Israel and its atrocities against the Palestinian people.
Every time Israel is criticised we hear the same old story from the sectors of the Jewish community – who by no means reflect the views of the majority of Jews or Israelis – who feign persecution and seek worldwide sympathy in an attempt to deflect people’s attention from the truth.
The only criticism we would make of Ward’s comment is that he should have substituted the word ‘Jew’ for something like ‘Zionists’ or ‘Israeli government’. By using ‘Jew’ he implicates that all Jewish people support the Israeli atrocities, which is most certainly not the case. In the context of the comment, we can presume that Ward probably meant the evil Zionists in the Israeli government.
There is nothing remotely ‘anti-Semitic’ in criticising the Israeli government.
For those in the Jewish community who like to shout ‘anti-Semitism’ every time Israel is criticised, we would suggest that they first of all educate themselves on the true history of Israel and the Jewish people, and secondly, take notice of what their fellow Jews think about the Israeli regime in power at the moment.
Trying to make people ‘afraid’ of criticising any barbaric or inhumane regime is tantamount to fascism. Trying to control or prevent truthful information in the public domain to protect a jaded and bias untruth is tantamount to fascism – whatever the religion, race, or culture.
The facts are the facts, however disagreeable they may be to a person or group of people. Instead of burying heads in the sand, the truth should be acknowledged and dealt with so we can move on and ALL live peaceful lives free from the fear of persecution.