Baroness Jenny Tonge 390.
(photo credit: Richard Millett)
LONDON – Israel could have been a force for good had it obeyed “their own Ten
Commandments and half the stuff in the Old Testament,” a veteran British
parliamentarian claimed at an event in Parliament.
Jenny Tonge, a
controversial member of the upper house of Parliament who was expelled by the
Liberal Democrat party for her anti-Israel activism, was speaking at an event in
Parliament hosted by the anti-Israel group Palestinian Return Center.
event, part of the group’s ongoing “Britain, It’s Time To Apologize,
International Balfour Campaign,” marked the 96th anniversary of the Balfour
Declaration, the plan for a Jewish homeland that became Israel, by having a
number of anti-Israel parliamentarians apologize for Britain’s
Tonge apologized for the declaration and accused Israel of being a
“threat to world peace and to itself.”
Writing about the event, blogger
Richard Millet said that Tonge claimed that Israel is referred to as a Jewish
state to help silence its critics.
“We must take on the pro-Israel lobby,
we will not be silenced,” Tonge said. “We are not anti-Semitic, we are
anti-injustice. What happened to the Palestinians is the greatest injustice of
the past 100 years.”
Tonge said that pro-Israel lobbyists “are clever.
They call it the Jewish state of Israel so if you criticize the Jewish state
they say you are criticizing Jews and that you are anti-Semitic. But it
is directed against the Israeli government, not the Jewish people. Many
Jews join us,” she added.
Also speaking at the event was Liberal Democrat
MP David Ward, who had been suspended by his own party during the summer for
comments targeting the Jewish people.
He apologized for the Balfour
Declaration, as did Labor MP Jeremy Corbyn, who described it as a “historical
mistake by Britain.”
According to Millet, Ward also claimed in his speech
that his suspension was based on something that he did not say.
explained, “I didn’t say Israel shouldn’t exist, but that it should never have
been created. I said it was an apartheid state,” Ward said.
that the anti-Israel MP had made an about-face from a previous viewpoint: “In
July, he tweeted that ‘the Zionists are losing the battle – how long can the
apartheid State of Israel last?’... And last night he said, ‘Israel is winning.
We are losing hands down.’ His main concern was that there is no proper plan to
On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day in January,
Ward questioned how Jews “could within a few years of liberation from the death
camps, be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of
Also speaking at the Palestinian Return Center event was Nazir
Ahmed, one of the first Muslim members of the House of Lords.
Ahmed was jailed for causing a deadly road accident while texting behind the
wheel. In March, The Times discovered a speech he gave in Pakistan in which he
blamed his prison sentence on pressure applied on the court by Jews “who own
newspapers and television channels.”
Speaking last night, Ahmed said “we
have a great moral responsibility” and “a huge burden on our conscience” as a
result of the Balfour Declaration.
“East Jerusalem is being evacuated
slowly, there is ethnic cleansing of Palestinian people,” he
“Whether they are Christian or they are Muslim they are being
thrown out of their own country,” he continued.
Last year, the Labor
Party suspended Ahmed following reports that he offered a £10 million bounty for
the capture of US President Barack Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush.