|Liberal Democrat MP David Ward|
The compulsion for some people and organisations, and now it seems political parties, to immediately leap into defensive mode whenever criticism is voiced of Israel or of Jews, has for many years been a disturbing feature of western society. I have frequently argued that this phenomenon is essentially, brought about by a collective guilty conscience in the west, of the persecution of Jews, (amongst others), by the Nazi's in Germany during the 1930's and 1940's. What happened in Europe during those times, is wrong and indefensible and should not be forgotten. However, the treatment of Jews in Europe 80 years ago does not excuse, justify or mitigate the treatment of Palestinians by Israeli's in the occupied land of Palestine today.
Friday January 21; Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and Settlements, in Kufur Qaddoum village, near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.
Friday January 25 2013; Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that seven Palestinians have been injured by Israeli military fire in the northern part of the coastal region.
David Ward said that, “.... 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." In saying that David ward is absolutely correct. Atrocities are being inflicted on Palestinians every day in Gaza and on the west Bank and yet the West chooses to say nothing and do nothing, presumably due to the “collective guilty conscience”, which I mentioned previously and probably in part, to ensure that the United States and Israel, are not offended in any way. This appeasement of Israel, (Incidentally, the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sought Palestinian recognition of Israel as a "Jewish state") is both wrong and misguided as well as being potentially dangerous. For the western world to stand by and watch as ethnic cleansing and even genocide is inflicted upon the Palestinian people, is a crime of indifference which will ultimately return to haunt people for many years. Perhaps the west will eventually have a collective guilty conscience in respect of atrocities against Palestinians too.
The decision of the Liberal Democrat party to subject their MP, David Ward, to the prospect of some form of disciplinary charge for stating what others know but will not mention, is in itself a contemptible act of hypocrisy and cowardice. Mr Ward should be applauded for speaking out against the excesses of the Israeli’s and their barbaric occupation of Palestine. I sincerely hope that David Ward is made aware that there are others who share his concerns in respect of the treatment of Palestinians, and that he tells the “Liberal Democrat disciplinary cabal” exactly what he and many other people think of their duplicity.