Zionist Federation slam MPs 'anti-Semitic' comments.

The Zionist Federation have released an official response to comments made on Friday by the MP for Bradford East, David Ward MP.

The Lib Dem MP caused uproar during the signing of the Holocaust Educational Trusts Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, stating:

"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."

"It appears that the suffering by the Jews has not transformed their views on how others should be treated."

The Zionist Federation say Ward's comments incite antisemitism and that:

"Many believe are anti-Semitic, 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 Two.

With HMD (Holocaust Memorial Day) taking place today Paul Charney, Chairman of the Zionist Federation said - "Whilst Mr Ward has apologised for his remarks, the damage has already been done. Mr Ward should realise the dangers of antisemitism, not encourage it."