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Holocaust comments: Full apology

David Ward MP accused "the Jews" in Israel of "inflicting atrocities on Palestinians... on a daily basis" Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Yorkshire MP David Ward has apologised for comments he made about 'the Jews' in the run up to Holocaust Memorial Day.

The MP for Bradford East accused "the Jews" in Israel of "inflicting atrocities on Palestinians... on a daily basis".

He has now issued an apology on his website. His full statement says:

My criticisms of actions since 1948 in the Palestinian territories in the name of the State of Israel remain as strong as ever. In my comments this week I was trying to make clear that everybody needs to learn the lessons of the Holocaust. I never for a moment intended to criticise or offend the Jewish people as a whole, either as a race or as a people of faith, and apologise sincerely for the unintended offence which my words caused. I recognise of course the deep sensitivities of these issues at all times, and particularly on occasions of commemoration such as this weekend. I will continue to make criticisms of actions in Palestine in the strongest possible terms for as long as Israel continues to oppress the Palestinian people.

– David Ward MP, Lib Dem Bradford East