Fanatical UK Lib-Dem Jenny Tonge joins new hate fest against Jewish state
Jenny Tonge is one of the most frightening anti-Zionists in Britain, and her companions at this recent event are even worse, as an eye-witness describes
(*UPDATE: See bottom of article for statement issued by Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel calling for Tonge to resign)
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).
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