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"Ich bin ein Palestinian" - UK MP faces storm for saying he would fire Gaza rockets

David Ward is facing disciplinary action from his Liberal Democrat party.

A UK MP is facing disciplinary action from his party after tweeting that he ‘would probably fire a rocket’ if he lived in Gaza.

Liberal Democrat representative David Ward made the comment as part of number of tweets he sent in support of the Palestinian people. He has since been condemned by his party.

Ward was suspended by the party last year for questioning the continued existence of “the apartheid State of Israel”.

His latest remarks have provoked significant debate online with some people saying that he is merely being realistic and others claiming that he is encouraging violence.

His party said they “utterly condemned” the remarks, saying they are “are not representative of the Liberal Democrats”

“Nick Clegg has been at the forefront of calling for peace in Israel and Gaza,” a statement quoted in a number of outlets said. “The party takes this matter very seriously and will treat it as a disciplinary issue.” 

david ward Source: Twitter

Ward’s tweets come a number of days after the Israeli Defence Force tweeted a controversial composite image of rockets being fired at the House of Commons with the caption ‘what would you do?’

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