'I would fire a rocket at Israel', tweets MP David Ward

Jul 23, 2014

Lib Dem MP David Ward faces disciplinary proceedings for 'vile' social media comment on Israeli-Palestinian conflict


The Liberal Democrat MP David Ward has been accused of "inciting violence" following a series of controversial tweets on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Conservatives have reported Ward to the police for "encouragement of terrorism" under the Terrorism Act, the Huffington Post reports. 

His party said it "utterly condemned" the tweet and said they "are not representative of the Liberal Democrats".

"Nick Clegg has been at the forefront of calling for peace in Israel and Gaza," a spokesperson told the BBC. "The party takes this matter very seriously and will treat it as a disciplinary issue."

Labour called it a "vile comment from a desperate Lib Dem MP", but Ward has said the response to his comments were "disproportionate" and has refused to delete the tweets.

The MP for Bradford East has faced previous disciplinary action over his comments on Israel. Last year he was suspended by the party after tweeting "Am I wrong or am I right? At long last the Zionists are losing the battle – how long can the apartheid State of Israel last?", the News Statesman reports.

Ward's recent tweets came after the death toll reached 600 in Gaza and UN General Secretary urged both sides to "stop fighting" and "start talking".

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