Lib Dem MP Blames Jerusalem Terror Attack On Failure To "Deal With Israel"

    David Ward MP said: "[The] attack by Palestinians in Jerusalem [is] sickening madness - driven to madness by [a] failure of international community to deal with Israel."

    PA Archive/Press Association Images Chris Radburn

    During happier times.

    A Liberal Democrat MP has suggested the terror attack on a synagogue inJerusalem, which killed four rabbis, was justified because Palestinians have been "driven to madness" by other nations' refusal to "deal with Israel".

    His comments come as former senior minister for the foreign office Baroness Sayeeda Warsi said that the British government needed to take a stronger stance against Israel in the wake of the al-Aqsa mosque being closed,

    Ward's statement came under immediate criticism and some called him "idiotic" for giving a justification for terrorism.

    @DavidWardMP That is an asinine and idiotic statement. The actions of the Israeli state (and reactions to it) do not justify terrorism

    mike kemp@clappymonkeyFollow

    @DavidWardMP That is an asinine and idiotic statement. The actions of the Israeli state (and reactions to it) do not justify terrorism

    10:30 PM - 18 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    @DavidWardMP Attacks against civilians (any civilians) cannot be caveated and should be condemned

    mike kemp@clappymonkeyFollow

    @DavidWardMP Attacks against civilians (any civilians) cannot be caveated and should be condemned

    10:33 PM - 18 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Ward was also accused of anti-Semitism by a number of citizens and faced calls for Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg to sack him.

    @DavidWardMP you are a disgraceful antisemite. How dare you blame the Israelis for being attacked.

    jen@jen_geminiFollow

    @DavidWardMP you are a disgraceful antisemite. How dare you blame the Israelis for being attacked.

    10:36 PM - 18 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    I really hope @libdems & @nick_clegg finally get rid of this anti-Semitic prick >> @DavidWardMP

    VoluntaryAnarchist@VoluntaryAnarchFollow

    I really hope @libdems & @nick_clegg finally get rid of this anti-Semitic prick >> @DavidWardMP

    10:31 PM - 18 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    A prominent blogger this morning also quit the Lib Dems. She said this was because Clegg failed to respond to accusations of sexism within the party.

    Cannot stay in the @LibDems, tacitly accepting anti-semitism and misogony http://t.co/GiGBLN4RBM

    Charlotte Henry@charlotteahenryFollow

    Cannot stay in the @LibDems, tacitly accepting anti-semitism and misogony http://t.co/GiGBLN4RBM

    10:19 AM - 19 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Blimey that was quick. Email from @LibDems “your membership has been cancelled”.

    Charlotte Henry@charlotteahenryFollow

    Blimey that was quick. Email from @LibDems “your membership has been cancelled”.

    10:27 AM - 19 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    A spokesperson for the Lib Dems told BuzzFeed News: "Liberal Democrats are appalled and saddened by the recent terrorist attacks on a Jerusalem synagogue. There is no justification for deliberate killing of innocent civilians and we wholeheartedly and unreservedly condemn them. It is important both sides now work together to calm tensions in the city, reject violence and work towards a sustainable peace.”

    Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

    Contact Siraj Datoo at siraj.datoo@buzzfeed.com.

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