23 members of the House of Lords wrote in a letter published Saturday: “Baroness Tonge evoked a classic anti-Jewish conspiracy theory when she said [on Wednesday]: ‘The pro-Israel lobby has got its grips on the Western world, its financial grips.’…In addition, she repeated her past comments of sympathy for suicide bombers living in the Palestinian territories. Two weeks ago the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism reported a disturbing rise in anti-Semitic incidents and discourse in the UK. Baroness Tonge’s remarks demonstrate the reasoning behind the report’s concerns about the creeping acceptance of anti-Jewish prejudice within mainstream politics and media. The report warned that anti-Israel discourse evolves all too quickly into anti-Semitic rhetoric. We believe that the language deployed by Baroness Tonge, as a member of the House of Lords, was irresponsible and inappropriate.”
For a very ripe rant that I wrote about Jenny Tonge back in 2004, click here.