Monday, January 28, 2013



In a statement released on Friday 25th January, the MP for Bradford East, David Ward, conflated Israel’s action to the Nazis in the Holocaust.

Upon signing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, he stated “having visited Auschwitz twice-one with my family and one with local schools- I am 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.

Ward’s comments incites antisemitism and many believe are antisemitic, as it conflates Israel’s defence of itself against those who seek to destroy it with the persecution and terrible mass slaughter of the Jews of Europe during World War two. To compare the two is crass, wrong and trivialises the suffering of Jews in World War 2.

He worsened his initial transgression by stating It appears that the suffering by the Jews has not transformed their views on how others should be treated." Whilst Mr Ward has apologised for any offence caused by his remarks, the damage has already been done and his demonisation of Israel continues.

Paul Charney, Chairman of the Zionist Federation said, Mr Ward’s comments demonises Jews and Israel in a manner that is insensitive and factually incorrect. With HMD (Holocaust Memorial Day)taking place yesterday, he should realise the dangers of antisemitism, not encourage it.

The Zionist Federation and all its UK members will always condemn strongly criticism of Israel, which is done in a way that is antisemitic.