Jewish, Pro-Israel Groups Call for Immediate Expulsion of Controversial
British Peer After She Blames Israel for Rise of Global Terrorism
Algemeiner, Jul 22 2016
Jewish and pro-Israel groups in Britain called for the expulsion of a controversial British peer on Friday, following her remarks yesterday blaming Israel for the global rise of terrorism. In an address to the House of Lords, Baroness Jenny Tonge said:
The treatment of the Palestinians by Israel is a major cause of the rise of extreme Islamism and Daesh. Israel is creating a generation of terrorists who will have a justified grudge against Israel and the countries who support her. I’ve heard it said these actions are caused by incitement, by the Palestinians themselves … I question that. ( These) wimps (fire at) children throwing stones and sticks or carrying scissors.
Tonge’s comments prompted an outcry from prominent Jewish groups in Britain, who called for her immediate dismissal. Marie van der Zyl, vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said in a statement:
Another House of Lords debate and another outrageous speech from Baroness Tonge on the Middle East. It is time for Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron to expel her once and for all from the party.
Jonathan Sacerdoti of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism said:
By suggesting there would be Palestinian ‘terrorists with a justified grudge’ against Israel she is effectively justifying the terrorism that is aimed at Jewish people in Israel and around the world by Hamas and other terrorist organisations. We cannot expect her to apologize, as she means it, and has a long history of anti-Semitism which has seen her forced to resign from the Parliamentary Liberal Democrat Party. It is now time for her to be expelled from the Liberal Democrat Party entirely, and from the House of Lords.
Thursday’s remarks are not the first time Tonge has found herself embroiled in controversy for offending Jewish sensitivities. In 2012, Tonge resigned from the Liberal Democrat Party after coming under fire for saying Israel “is not going to be there forever” and that the country would “reap what it’s sown” in the Middle East. In 2010, Tonge was fired from her position as health spox after accusing Israeli troops in Haiti of trafficking in human organs. In 2004, when still an MP, Tonge was asked to resign by her party as children’s spox after she said she “might consider becoming” a suicide bomber if she were Palestinian. On Twitter, Sussex Friends of Israel slammed Tonge for her “shameful” comments: