TONGE: BEWARE THE SLUR

The Jewish Chronicle - - Features -

IF you wish to lobby Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans on Is­rael/Pales­tine, be wary of “the slur of an­tisemitism”.

So said Baroness Jenny Tonge in a pre­sen­ta­tion re­ported by the Is­raeli Com­mit­tee Against House De­mo­li­tions’s May news­let­ter.

Tonge claimed that MPs were ter­ri­fied of be­ing ac­cused of an­tisemitism. Many Labour MPs were sup­port­ers of Is­rael, and the Board of Deputies used its in­flu­ence wher­ever it sees it as nec­es­sary, she said.

This is the same Tonge who told a proPales­tinian lobby in 2004: “If I had to live in that sit­u­a­tion — and I say that ad­vis­edly — I might just con­sider be­com­ing [a sui­cide bomber] my­self.”

Af­ter the speech, she was sacked from the front bench — pre­sum­ably be­cause of those pesky pro-Is­rael MPs and med­dling Board.

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