It might have been predicted that David Ward would use the conflict in Israel and Gaza as a prompt to come out with yet more offensive comments:
On Tuesday evening David Ward tweeted: “The big question is – if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes.” He sent another tweet two hours later which said: “Ich bin ein #palestinian – the West must make up its mind – which side is it on”.
Many have criticised his comments (the Lib Dem leadership in rather muted fashion) including Bradford Imam Rafiq Sehgal, President of the Bradford Council for Mosques. He mildly suggested that, while of course it is natural to feel sympathy for those suffering in Gaza, David Ward’s response was unhelpful. His inoffensive intervention has caused great outrage in some quarters.