Jenny Tonge

Baroness still raising questions

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

When Baroness Tonge resumed her normal business this week, asking a Foreign Office minister about alleged Israeli mistreatment of Palestinians, observers could have been forgiven for wondering whether her query on "forced expulsion" was raised with a tinge of self-interest.


Hating Israel is not a get-out-of-jail-free card to grant automatic immunity from charge of loathing Jews

By Howard Jacobson, March 8, 2012

Can a wish be genocidal? In Baroness Tonge's case, yes. If wishes were horses, bigots would ride. That the baroness will now appear in the martyrology of those who suffer for their opposition to Israel goes without saying.


Israeli envoy to the UK responds to Tonge's outburst

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2012

The Israeli ambassador to Britain has described Jenny Tonge's attack on Israel as "shocking".

The former peer and longtime Israel critic resigned from the Liberal Democrats on Wednesday after refusing to apologise for stating that Israel would "not last forever".


Goodbye Baroness Tonge, it has been a long and troubling ride

By Martin Bright, March 1, 2012

Baroness Tonge has been a one-woman running sore within the Liberal Democrat Party, poisoning relations with the Jewish community with her persistently distasteful and incendiary comments about Israel. Finally she is gone, effectively sacked after refusing to withdraw her statement during an event at Middlesex University that Israel "will not last forever".


Baroness Tonge: The full statement

February 29, 2012

"The comments I made have been taken completely out of context. They followed a very ill tempered meeting in which Zionist campaigners attempted continually to disrupt proceedings. They mouthed obscenities at the panelists, to the extent that University security attempted to remove them from the premises.


Tonge resigns from Liberal Democrats after Israel controversy

By Marcus Dysch, February 29, 2012

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.


Police to probe Tonge's Israel Apartheid Week rant

By Marcus Dysch, February 29, 2012

Police are investigating comments made at the Israel Apartheid Week event attended by Liberal Democrat peer Jenny Tonge, the JC can reveal.

Officers are reviewing remarks made by former US marine Ken O'Keefe following allegations that he incited racial hatred when comparing Jewish audience members to Nazis.


Call for Clegg to act after Tonge's latest Israel rant

By Marcus Dysch, February 29, 2012

The Liberal Democrats have distanced themselves from comments made by party peer Jenny Tonge during an Israel Apartheid Week event.

Speaking to an audience at Middlesex University's Free Palestine Society she said Israel would "not last forever".

"Israel will lose support and then they will reap what they have sown," she added.


Tonge storms out of Lords after Israel rant refused

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

Baroness Jenny Tonge stormed out of the House of Lords during a recent debate on the reform of universal jurisdiction legislation.


Left's Islamist fetish will end

By Nick Cohen, July 15, 2011

John Staurt Mill thought that speech should always be free except when it directly incited a crime. Mill explained what he meant in On Liberty by citing the example of corn dealers, who were widely loathed as profiteers in 19th century Britain. If agitators claimed that corn dealers starve the poor, the law had no right to punish them, he said.