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July 23, 2014

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British MP refuses to apologize for tweet condoning Gaza rockets

Liberal Democrat David Ward, who wrote that he would probably fire a rocket at Israel if he lived in Gaza, now faces party disciplinary action..

By Haaretz Jul. 23, 2014 | 6:47 PM
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 A British Liberal Democrat MP has refused to apologize for for saying he would likely fire a rocket at Israel if he lived in the Gaza Strip.

The MP, David Ward, now faces disciplinary action, the Guardian reported. The party said it  “utterly condemns” the remarks made by their MP for Bradford East, and that he would be subject to disciplinary proceedings.

In a post that appeared on his Twitter feed Tuesday, David Ward wrote, “The big question is – if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes”, followed by another tweet shortly thereafter, that reads “Ich bin ein #palestinian – the West must make up its mind – which side is it on?”

A defiant Ward told BBC Radio 5 Live that he had done nothing wrong. “The comment was about understanding why people are firing rockets,” he said. “I am not condoning that. In fact, yesterday in the House of Commons I condemned it. I’m saying I understand why people are so desperate that they are doing it.”