David Ward accused of anti-Semitism in council debate
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David Ward accused of anti-Semitism in council debate

The ex-MP caused controversy saying it was "completely wrong to use the Holocaust" to stifle criticism of Israel

Stephen is the Jewish News' Foreign Editor

Former Lib Dem MP David Ward
Former Lib Dem MP David Ward

Former Bradford East MP David Ward has been called “anti-Semitic” by a fellow councillor during a heated debate, after the anti-Israel politician took part in a heated exchange on anti-Semitism in the city.

The debate, reported by the Bradford Telegraph, saw Cllr Ward argue that it was not anti-Semitic to criticise Israel and that it was “completely wrong to use the Holocaust” to protect Israel from criticism.

Cllr Simon Cooke, who had proposed a motion for the council to consider its “awareness and response to anti-Semitism and Islamophobia,” criticised Ward’s comments as “anti-Semitic and wrong”.

Cooke had earlier recalled how his young son recently discussed the Holocaust with him, saying: “My son said to me, they would have killed me and mum, wouldn’t they?” Ward responded: “One thing is absolutely damn certain, he would not have been killed by a Palestinian.” This prompted cries of “shame” from the hall.

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