"If anybody is antisemitic, it's the Israelis themselves"; panel applauds; hard to believe, but this happened this week at House of Lords pic.twitter.com/L8v4cARnK8— Yiftah Curiel (@yiftahc) October 26, 2016
When Sussex Friends of Israel posted this on Facebook, they wrote:
WATCH-Member of audience at last nights event in Parliament (hosted by Jenny Tonge) which called for Britain to apologize for the Balfour Declaration, says that 'if anyone is anti-Semitic it is the Israelis themselves!' Greeted with much applause by Tonge and her fellow panelists and all done in the House of Lords!
There was then this exchange between the great Kay Wilson and Jenny Tonge among others
Tonge also defended her call for an independent inquiry into whether Israel was stealing organs from earthquake victims in Haiti:
The idea that Kay can break through the hate that Jenny Tonge has is more than fanciful. But it is amazing that she keeps trying.
UPDATE: When I wrote this article, it was before this happened:
Jenny Tonge, a former Liberal Democat peer, has quit the party after she was suspended over alleged antisemitic comments.Not sure that this tea party will ever occur.
She said she had resigned from the party “about the same time” as she was suspended as a party member by its leader on Thursday.
Earlier, a spokesman for the Liberal Democrats said: “She has been suspended. She was not a member of our group in the House of Lords; she was an independent peer, she has had her membership suspended.
“We take her comments very seriously and have acted accordingly.”
Tonge was Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park from 1997 to 2005, but has sat as an independent in the Lords since she was suspended in 2012, also for allegedly antisemitic comments.
Thursday’s move came after Tonge hosted a meeting at the House of Lords this week at which Israel was reportedly compared to terror group Islamic State and Jews were blamed for the Holocaust. The remarks were made by a speaker at the meeting, which was organised by the Palestinian Return Centre, which live-streamed the event on its Facebook page.
The Israeli embassy in London said the meeting was a “shameful event which gave voice to racist tropes against Jews and Israelis alike”.