American academic Noam Chomsky has lent his support to a British Liberal Democrat MP, who criticized the Israeli regime’s violent treatment of Palestinians.

Earlier in January, Bradford East MP David Ward accused “the Jews” in Israel of having failed to learn lessons from their persecution by the Nazis in World War II by continuing to “inflict atrocities” on Palestinian people “on a daily basis.”

Chomsky said he agreed there was “nothing remotely anti-Semitic in his remarks, which are in fact familiar in Israeli discussions.”

In an item posted on his website, Ward also thanked the American academic for his support, saying, “The intention behind my comments was to start a genuine discussion about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and how the Israeli government seemingly acts with impunity for its actions in Gaza and the West Bank.”

Ward’s comments, which were released ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, were condemned by his party.

Last week, Britain’s Liberal Democrat party said “further decisions” would be taken about the MP.