Jenny Tonge in the Independent: unrepentant on antisemitism

UK Media Watch

Baroness Jenny Tonge caused an uproar last week when she gave a speech in the House of Lords and claimed that Israeli policies serve as a “major cause” of ISIS.

Of course, far from being a one-off, Tonge has a long record of engaging in extremist anti-Israel rhetoric and echoing explicitly antisemitic narratives.

  • In 2004, at a Palestine Solidarity Campaign meeting, Tonge said that if she was a Palestinian, she would consider becoming a suicide bomber herself.
  • In 2006 Tonge blamed Israel for suicide bombings…in Iraq!
  • In 2006, Tonge said: “The pro-Israeli lobby has got its grips on the Western World, its financial grips. I think they’ve probably got a certain grip on our [The Liberal Democrat] party”.
  • In 2009, at an anti-Israel rally in London during the Gaza war, Tonge said: “The way Israel behaves is just not kosher. Jewish people should be totally ashamed of themselves that they…

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