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Bradford MP defends Holocaust comments

Bradford East MP David Ward is facing party disciplinary action over a statement he made about Israel's treatment of Palestinians ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day has defended his actions.

It follows a statement on his website "honouring those who died during the Holocaust" but accusing "the Jews" in Israel of "inflicting atrocities on Palestinians... on a daily basis".

But the Lib Dem MP insists it is time to "look at every example of man's inhumanity to fellow man".

I feel strongly about this issue. I keep re-reading what I said because I have heard so many comments about how outrageous this is.

I have just returned from my second Holocaust day signing. We have had a big event in Bradford.

Everybody talks about this awful, awful time we must never forget and always says we must learn lessons.

Surely that means we must look at every example of man's inhumanity to fellow man?

– David Ward MP

He added:

"I've been to Gaza and seen for myself what is, in effect, apartheid.

I think it needs to be discussed."

The Lib Dems will take disciplinary action but no decision has yet been taken on what that will be.

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