Fanatical UK Lib-Dem Jenny Tonge Joins New Hate Fest Against Jewish State (VIDEO)

February 29, 2012 5:00 pm 6 comments

Jenny Tonge at discussion entitled, "Is Israel an Apartheid State?". Photo: The Commentator.

Editor’s Note: Jenny Tonge has resigned from the Liberal Democrat Party after anti-Israel comments, and is now an Independent member of the House of Lords.

Where to begin with last week’s event at Middlesex University’s campus in Hendon, North West London, sponsored by Interpal?

It was billed as a discussion on “Is Israel an Apartheid State?“, but became an evening of unadulterated Jew hatred.

Jenny Tonge, the Liberal Democrat Member of the House of Lords, famous for once saying she might have been a suicide bomber had she been born a Palestinian, was the star attendee and put in a chilling performance in her usual role as one of Britain’s foremost Israel-haters.

Tonge, who describes herself as an “ethnic Christian” started by telling the audience to beware of the Israel lobby because “once they have decided to go for you, they will go for you. I bear the scars”. She cited the notorious writings of John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, which have been widely discredited for effectively alleging a Jewish conspiracy – a charge that the authors have strenuously denied.

She finished with the dire prediction that “Israel is not going to be there forever” and warned that eventually Israel “will lose its support and then they will reap what they have sown”.

Who are “they” and what exactly does she imply will happen to them? Another chilling threat to Jews from this British Parliamentarian. (See videos embedded)

The atmosphere was threatening. The highly aggressive chairperson Nik Roberts kept insisting on calling security to remove both dissenters and people wanting to film. I could only take limited footage but two “authorised” people did film providing vital evidence of what went on.

There was a Jewish contingent of possibly 30 out of some 150 in the audience and much of the rhetoric seemed to be aimed directly at us. The comments from Tonge’s co-panelists were even more appalling than her own.

Ken O’Keefe, an outspoken anti-Israel activist who was on board the Mavi Marmara Gaza “aid“ ship, compared Jews to both the Nazis and to the German people whom, he implied, as a whole collaborated with the Nazi regime.

I have transcribed the final part of his speech below. After referring to “the Jewish people” O’Keefe, at my count,  used “you” or “your” twelve times to personally direct his rhetoric at the Jews in the theatre. He admitted his intent was to inflame:

“So if Israel is inherently a racist state, if it is inherently an apartheid state, then I want no part of Israel. It has no place in this world. And it must in its current form, if you want me to use some inflammatory language, in its current form should be destroyed.

“Just like the UN in its current form should be destroyed, just like the American empire in its current form should be destroyed, just like the British empire in its current form should be destroyed…  (next bit inaudible due to applause).

“I make no special bones about Jewish people, but the bottom line is this. The Jewish state, that’s not my expression, the Jewish state of Israel is, therefore, acting on behalf of the Jewish people. You, like the Nazis, have now a special obligation.

“The decent Germans, the so-called decent Germans of World War Two Nazi Germany, what did they do, what did the decent Germans do when the Nazis came to power and started to institute their policies, what did they do? They didn’t do enough, did they?

“Did they do enough to stop the Nazis? No, they didn’t. And what are the Jewish people doing right now? Are you doing enough to stop your racist apartheid genocidal state? (applause)

“If you think that you are I beg to differ. You have a special obligation brought upon you just like the Nazis brought upon the decent Germans. Good  luck to you because the way of Israel, the way of Palestine is the way of the world. And you can mouth at me all you want. Good luck to you, because guess what, you are making enemies of all the people, not just me and the falsely accused anti-Semites.” (huge applause)

And, on suicide bombings he said:

“What the so-called suicide bombings did was force the world by shocking the conscience of humanity to pay attention; and the Palestinians have paid a huge price for some within their ranks carrying out those tactics.”

Ghada Karmi, a prominent UK-based activist and writer of Palestinian origin, described Israel as a “gangster state” and gave us her thoughts on what it is to be a Jew:

“Is it somebody who practices the Jewish religion? They have never been able to find an agreed position.

“At the beginning they talked about ‘a person born of a Jewish mother and/or a person who had been converted according to the orthodox system’. That’s it, nobody else.

“Over time, when they saw that they were drying up, they started to make it much more elastic. So, now, anybody who has a Jewish parent or a Jewish grandparent is now Jewish.

“Not only that. Among the million immigrants from Soviet Russia how many of you know that 40 percent of these people are not Jewish? They are not Jews! They go to Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches in Israel, ok? 40 percent!.

“Not only that. They brought in the Ethiopian Jews. They went fishing for Jews in Peru. They’ve gone to India. Anything. You know what the main purpose of it is? It’s that they should be non-Arab. Non-Arab. You can be any sort of person. You can call yourself ‘a Jew’. As long as you’re not an Arab, it’s alright.”

She called for the end of a majority Jewish state and said that Israel treats the Palestinians as “a sub-human species” so when it kills them it “doesn’t have the same impact, as they are already sub-human”.

She finished off by claiming that “if an Ethiopian gives blood to an Israeli blood bank people have objected because they don’t want a transfusion from an Ethiopian”.

So, that is what happened last week at a mainstream British university, an event legitimised by the presence of Jenny Tonge, a well-known member of the Liberal-Democrats – the junior partner in Britain’s Conservative-led government.

Welcome to modern Britain.

*UPDATE: STATEMENT FROM LIBERAL DEMOCRAT FRIENDS OF ISRAEL (LDFI): “LDFI strongly condemns Baroness Tonge’s latest outburst not only because it is wrong but because it is contrary to Lib Dem Party policy. Jenny Tonge is an irrelevant, siren and marginal voice in the Liberal Democrat Party and we call on her to resign the Lib Dem whip. If she truly believes the things she says, how can she justify being a member of a Party whose policies are diametrically opposed to her views on Israel and the Middle East, a subject on which she talks on almost a daily basis.” - Gavin Stollar, Chairman, Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel

This article first appeared in The Commentator.

6 Comments

  • Giovanni Yanai Dossena

    What’s going on in Syria right now proofs that Israel, even far from being a perfect society, is still the best place to live for Arabs.

  • Giovanni Yanai Dossena

    The facts going on righ tnow in Siria proof that Israel, even far from being a perfect society, is still the best place to live for Arabs.
    As a Jew I can say that the right to define who is Jewish belongs only to us.

  • A Jew is somebody who self identifies as a member of the Jewish people whether it be through heritage, religion or conversion. The so called “grandparent rule” was a policy enacted in Nazi Germany to definitively decide who would be rounded up and who would be allowed to go.
    Also, blood bank donations are anonymous. The only identifying traits that donated blood is characterized with is Blood Type, Antibody Presence, and test results for Blood Transmissible Diseases. It is true that there are private blood banks which only take in blood from a predetermined group of people, they are in no way mainstream in Israeli society. Donating blood is giving life regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. The insinuation that Israel is a racist state is both groundless and bigotive.

  • you are a Stupid, ignorant and Pathetic person Jenny Tonge! a disgrace!

  • These people are SICK and TWiSTED. I think anyone who compares Jews/Israel to Nazis is a sadist.taking the most painful, open wound in a people’s recent past and making such outragous comparisons is nothing short of sadistic. I couldnt even finish reading the article it made me so furious.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

    Read more →
  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

    Read more →
  • Food Israel Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    Israeli Arab Microbiologist Wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ Reality Show

    JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab microbiologist and mother of three won the fourth season of Israel’s most popular reality TV show, “MasterChef.” Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, 32, who holds a PhD in microbiology and is from the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, described winning as the “the most exciting moment in her life.” She said she plans to use the prize money to open up an Arab-Jewish cooking school. MasterChef is a popular reality TV show that originated in the U.K. It is [...]

    Read more →
  • Europe Theater Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

    Jewish comedian and writer David Baddiel is seeking public support to help produce a musical based on his film about a British Muslim man who discovers his parents are Jewish. London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East is in development to premiere The Infidel in October, London’s Evening Standard reported on Wednesday. However, the theater needs another £55,000 on top of around £200,000 already raised in order to produce the show. Baddiel, 49, retained the stage rights to the story when he wrote the [...]

    Read more →
  • Europe Relationships Love Guru Says Kaballah Practitioners Tend to Have ‘Less Satisfactory’ Relationships

    Love Guru Says Kaballah Practitioners Tend to Have ‘Less Satisfactory’ Relationships

    British relationship expert Andrew Wallas said Kaballah practitioners are likely to be less satisfied in their personal relationships than other couples, Britain’s Daily Mail reported Wednesday. “All the research is that individuals who have an interest in psychology or spirituality or who practice something like Kaballah (the branch of Jewish mysticism popularized by Madonna) are less likely to have satisfactory relationships,” he said. “A lifetime spent doing self-improvement workshops can just be a case of someone running away from reality.” [...]

    Read more →
  • Music US & Canada Meet New York’s 6’7″ Jew Who Will Rap for You (VIDEO)

    Meet New York’s 6’7″ Jew Who Will Rap for You (VIDEO)

    He’s a 6’7″ Jewish freestyle rapper who roams the streets of New York delivering his rhymes to unsuspecting passersby. Te’Devan, who calls himself the “6’7″ Jew who will rap for you” was recently profiled by the Gothamist blog. In a video posted Monday on YouTube, as part of the website’s No Your City eight-part series created by Nicolas Heller, Te’Devan is seen rapping about “not trying to conform to the status quo” and his mission to “be what I’m supposed to be.” [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.