Baroness Jenny Tonge is under investigation by the House of Lords Commissioner for Standards. Initially she was under investigation on two counts: alleged failure to act on personal honour and alleged breach of rules on House facilities. However the first charge has been dropped. It needs to be taken up again because she has posted an anti-Semitic article on her Facebook page.
Tonge posted a piece of fake news. Not just fake – anti-semitic. It claims that at a recent conference, Israel’s President Rivlin said:
“The time has come to admit that Israel is a sick society, with an illness that demands treatment … the Israeli Holocaust against the Palestinians is worse than the Nazis I’m not asking if they’ve forgotten how to be Jews, but if they’ve forgotten how to be decent human beings. Have they forgotten how to converse? I think that ‘Holocaust’ against Palestinians is worse than Nazis.”
The article is bylined AWD News. AWD News mostly publishes far right wing conspiracies.
When Jewish News did its investigation of hate sites last May, AWD News was named as one of the 23 sites listed.
Tonge has no excuse. She is no neophyte to the world of anti-semitism and knows full well that Jew/Nazi comparisons are anti-Semitic.
Moreover she is told the site is fake 7 hours after she posts and despite confirming – by posting again – that she has seen this warning, the anti-semitic site remained on her page – ‘liked’ by 41 people and ‘shared’ by 40 – including Waltham Forest PSC.
Jenny Tonge is a serial offender. She has blamed Israel for the rise in anti-Semitism, shared an article about Jewish power, blamed Isis on Israel, and suggested Israel should set up “an inquiry” over allegations that its medical teams in Haiti “harvested” organs of earthquake victims for use in transplants. And many other calumnies.
She draws a payment from public money every time she goes to the House of Lords. I think it is high time that their Lordships took a stand against anti-Semitism – by voting Baroness Tonge out.