Earlier this week I posted about an Israel Apartheid Week meeting at Middlesex University in London in which not only did Ken O’Keefe compare Jews to Nazis, but (h/t Richard Millett) Baroness Jenny Tonge, aka Jihad Jenny Tonge, who as a British MP ought to know and behave better, said the following:
…to beware of the Israel lobby because “once they have decided to go for you, they will go for you. I bear the scars” (clip 5). She finished by saying 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.” (Clip 3)
Who are “they” and what does she imply will happen to them?
Richard Millett has posted the video clips of Jihad Jenny’s outbursts, one which I repost here. Go to Richard Millett’s blog to see the rest, if you have the stomach for it.
But now for the really good news. After protests and outcry from across the British political spectrum, Tonge has resigned (or been made to resign) from the Liberal-Democratic party and has resigned the Parliamentary Whip too.
From the first link above:
“[There is] no place in politics for those who question [the] existence of the state of Israel. Nick Clegg must condemn Jenny Tonge’s remark and demand [an] apology.”Labour Friends of Israel Chair John Woodcock MP said:“Nick Clegg must act after this latest anti-Israel diatribe from Liberal Democrat Baroness Tonge. Comments and remarks such as these have absolutely no place in mainstream politics.”“This is the latest in a series of outrageous remarks from Baroness Tonge – words of excuse or apology in response are no longer enough. Nick Clegg needs to take disciplinary action against his offensive peer to reassure people the government remains serious about a two state solution.”
Baroness Tonge has resigned from the Liberal Democrats following anti-Israel comments she made at an Israel Apartheid Week event.
She rejected an ultimatum from party leader Nick Clegg to apologise for the remarks and will no longer sit on the party’s benches in the House of Lords.
Confirming Baroness Tonge had left the Lib Dems, Mr Clegg said: “These remarks were wrong and offensive and do not reflect the values of the Liberal Democrats.
“I asked Baroness Tonge to withdraw her remarks and apologise for the offense she has caused. She has refused to do so and will now be leaving the party.
And about time too! This is great news for the upcoming Purim festival, where reversals of bad fortune into good are the theme of the day.