By Jonathan Hoffman
June 30, 2011
At a meeting in a House of Commons Committee Room last night where I was present, “Jihad” Jenny Tonge spoke about “the power of the Israel Lobby”. Her remarks were in connection with the Home Secretary’s decision to arrest and deport Sheikh Raeed Salah (who had been billed to address the meeting). She declared herself “ashamed” at the action of a government of which the LibDems (her Party) are a member and said “I am carefully considering my position in my Party”.
Go on Jihad Jenny – I’ll lay odds that if you resign the words “Good Riddance” will be on Nick Clegg’s lips. I doubt he has forgotten your antisemitic comments in 2006: "The pro-Israeli lobby has got its grips on the western world, its financial grips. I think they've probably got a grip on our party."
Most of the speakers at the meeting agreed that the banning of Salah was down to the all-powerful “Israel Lobby”.
Er ..how about the outrages catalogued here?
Salah has been charged with incitement to racism and violence:
I for one congratulate the Home Secretary. As the CST says, "The Government, therefore, is to be congratulated on its Prevent strategy and its efforts to better control those who would import and promote such politics (with its attendant hatreds) into the UK."
At the start of the meeting Jeremy Corbyn MP - who almost always hosts these meetings in Parliament demonising Israel - made his usual hypocritical, utterly hollow and mendacious declaration that "All on this Panel abhor racism of any kind". What a sick joke, Jeremy......
Sarah Colbourne of the PSC claimed that the ‘Lobby’ had ensured Salah’s arrest in order to stop his legal actions (against Andrew Gilligan of the Telegraph and Robyn Rosen of the JC.).; Diana Neslen (JFJFP) spoke about “those with certain influence”.
Other lowlights of the meeting:
Hassassian (Palestinian so-called “Ambassador”): “Rightwing fascist Israeli government … Israel is above international law .. supported unequivocally by the International Police – the USA”
Ismail Patel: The watchword of the early Zionists was “a land without a people for a people without a land” [False quote: no Zionist ever said this]
Lord Dubs: “Israel is its own worst enemy”. He spoke with horror about seeing 14- and 15-year old boys in shackles in a military Court in the West Bank but when I asked him what crime they were accused of, he didn’t have a clue .. he even suggested they were not accused of any crime …
Diana Neslen (JFJFP): JFJFP has issued a statement deploring the arrest and banning of Saleh. (This puts them firmly in the extremist camp). Her talk “as-a-Jew” was no more than a tirade of vilification of Israel and Israeli Jews: “Jews do not see the citizens of the West Bank as worthy of human rights”.
Shame on her and shame on her miserable craven organisation.