Saturday, 26 January 2013

David Ward and Robert Kilroy Silk

Bradford East MP David Ward recently commented in a discussion about Israel on his blog that:
"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"

This has landed him in very deep water with the Holocaust Educational Trust and the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

On the other hand, some organisations have supported his comments.

BFTF recalls that, on 4th Jan 2004, the TV presenter Robert Kilroy Silk wrote in a Sunday Express article:
"...the Arab countries are not exactly shining examples of civilisation, are they? Few of them make much contribution to the welfare of the rest of the world. Indeed, apart from oil - which was discovered, is produced and is paid forby the West - what do they contribute? Can you think of anything? Anything really useful? Anything really valuable? Something we really need, could not do without? No, nor can I....

What do they think we feel about them? That we adore them for the way they murdered more than 3,000 civilians on September 11 and then danced in the hot, dusty streets to celebrate the murders? That we admire them for the cold-blooded killings in Mombasa, Yemen and elsewhere? That we admire them for being suicide bombers, limb-amputators, women repressors? I don't think the Arab states should start a debate about what is really loathsome."

This got him into a lot of hot water, not least from Muslim organisations, and Mr Silk had to quit his TV presenting job.

So, just to get this straight :

Kilroy Silk demonises an entire group with the word "Arab" and some in the Muslim community demands that he be fired.

David Ward demonises an entire group with the word "Jews" and some in the Muslim community demands that he keep his job.

Sounds like double standards to me.

Just as the British population (or the largely Labour voting British Muslim population) can't be held responsible for the wars that Tony Blair took the country into, so "Jews" can't be held responsible for the actions of the Israeli government.

If David Ward meant the Israeli Government (which is what he appears to have done in his later clarifying comments), then that is what he should have said initially.

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