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Lib Dem Peer Defends Baroness Tonge.

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Sometimes when professional politicians say things you are often left thinking to yourself “Hang on, what’s going on here?”

I suppose that might have been a moderate reaction in this instance, nevertheless it seems to me that the Liberal Democrats really haven’t got a handle on the whole Baroness Tonge and the Offal libel issue.

The Lib Dems clearly don’t appreciate the sensitivity or depth of this issue.

Granted, it is not terribly complicated, but as with many politicos I don’t think the Lib Dems are really interested and merely want to batten down the hatches, hoping to weather any political storm over Tonge’s repugnant and racist views.

Such an attitude would be incredibly misplaced and stupid, however, that’s how it comes over, as the JC reports:

“Lord Wallace, who is a LibDem spokesman on international affairs, told the Board: “She answered a deliberately provocative question from the Editor of the Jewish Chronicle… I think Jenny Tonge is over-emotional, mistaken.

“She did not say that body parts had been taken in Haiti…She was trapped by a question from the Jewish Chronicle which she should have known better than to answer.”

Baroness Tonge was in fact contacted by a JC reporter, by email, for her reaction to a news story in the Palestine Telegraph, an online journal based in Gaza of which Baroness Tonge is a patron.

In the Question and Answer session, Lord Wallace continued his defence of Baroness Tonge: “I disagree her with on a whole host of things but I would defend her rather over-emotional approach to the rights of the Palestinians and her deep commitment to doing something about Gaza.” He then explained that “the reason why we resist expelling her from the party is that we do sadly find the current Likud Party very intolerant of all criticism”.

Lord Wallace said that the “collective punishment of the Gaza is not acceptable”; that he had met some members of Hamas willing “to accept the legitimacy of Israel”: and that as a democracy Israel should be held to higher standards than “uncivilised countries in the Third World”. “

Other people have made the mistake of supporting Tonge’s racism and it is a pity that Lord Wallace can’t bring himself to actually blame Baroness Tonge in this matter.

After all she is a professional politician, highly educated and in full command of her own words. She was the one that tacitly gave credence to the Offal libel, and for that she should have been expelled from the Liberal Democrats, without a murmur.

However, she wasn’t and that’s why people are annoyed at the insensitive Lib Dems.

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19/04/2010 at 19:23

Christ Killers?

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You know something is seriously wrong with politics when someone shouts “Christ Killers” at an anti-Israeli demonstration in New York.

Please do take the time and trouble to watch this video clip, the taunting shouts of “Nazis” made at Jews and the final few seconds of the clip which reveal the true intent of these supposed “activists”.

I think it is a real shame that the Palestinians’ case is associated with these racists and headcases.

Sadly, it’s not an isolated incident as the discussions at Dave Osler’s show.

How anyone could even think of suggesting that Baroness Tonge has a valid point, is beyond me. But readers you make up your own minds, ask yourself the question would the StWC be supporting Baroness Tonge if she wanted an inquiry as to whether or not Israelis were the real Christ killers?”

And if not, then why are they supporting her when she calls for an inquiry into whether or not the Israelis are flying halfway around the world to harvest organs, in some updated version of the ritual murder theme. Unbelievable.

(H/T: CiF Watch)

Update 1: Judeosphere’s comment deserves a wider audience:

“I’ve been genuinely creeped-out to see how often the “Christ Killer” libel has appeared in political cartoons attacking Israel (presenting the Palestinians, of course, as the Crucified Jesus).

Sometimes it’s more subtle. Jeffrey Goldberg noted in his review of Jimmy Carter’s book:

On his fateful first visit to Israel, Carter takes a tour of the Galilee and writes, “It was especially interesting to visit with some of the few surviving Samaritans, who complained to us that their holy sites and culture were not being respected by Israeli authorities — the same complaint heard by Jesus and his disciples almost two thousand years earlier.”

There are, of course, no references to “Israeli authorities” in the Christian Bible. Only a man who sees Israel as a lineal descendant of the Pharisees could write such a sentence.”

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12/03/2010 at 02:35

Gilad Atzmon, Brockley And Racism

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Bob posts on a racist in Brockley. A notable one, Gilad Atzmon.

I would like to add a few more contributions on Atzmon, but before that I think it is worth while thinking on what Atzmon tells us about people. By that I mean, despite all of the evidence, racist posts, etc by Atzmon he still seems to have some support? Which I find rather peculiar.

Surely anyone with access to the Internet could easily ascertained that his views are noxious and racist.

Still, some young singer from Brockley, Sarah Gillespie seems to be an avid groupie of Atzmon. I can’t understand it.

I can only assume that people who support him, politically, actually agree with some of his views, which is a pretty appalling state of affairs as shown below:

Gilad Atzmon supports anti-Semitism.

Atzmon shares some David Duke’s views.

Gilad Atzmon droning on about the “Offal libel”.

Gilad Atzmon and racist tropes.

Gilad Atzmon and his racist groupies.

There’s plenty more, just put Atzmon in my search box and see.

Finally, I think it is worth noting that Atzmon buys into the whole neo-Nazi/David Duke idea that Jews financed the Russian Revolution, etc. It beggars belief, given the obnoxious nature of his views, that anyone chooses to support him.

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07/03/2010 at 00:46

Walk Away.

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I had thought that my increasingly low opinion of the Stop the War Coalition could go no lower, but I was wrong.

For some inexplicable reason they are supporting Baroness Tonge:

Jenny Tonge has been dismissed from her post as health spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats because she suggested that Israel investigate charges which have been made regarding Israeli aid workers in Haiti. Petition…”

I would have thought that the political activists within the StWC would have enough sense to walk away from the Offal libel, but apparently not. They are encouraging people to support Baroness Tonge by signing a petition, as shown below:

“We, the undersigned, object to the dismissal of Baroness Jenny Tonge from her post as health spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats simply because she suggested that Israel investigate charges made against it.

The party’s action is a serious threat to the principles for which our country is known — democracy and free speech. Even more specifically, it makes a mockery of your party’s claim to “give power back to people.” Instead of encouraging openness and the search for truth no matter how uncomfortable the accusation or who is accused, you are demonstrating to your constituents that the powerful and the “status quo” will be protected.

The comment for which you are punishing Jenny Tonge merely illustrated her commitment to your party’s founding principles. An independent investigation would be the most ethical response to serious charges that Israel is continuing to practice an illegal act (organ theft) that it has already admitted to committing in earlier years.

By firing Baroness Tonge instead of backing her call for an investigation, or at least supporting her decision to do so, you make evident that the party only believes in the search for truth when powerful allies are not involved.

Please demonstrate that the Liberal Democrats are indeed — as your Web site states — “brave enough to make a fresh start.” Reverse your decision and reinstate Jenny Tonge.”

So hang on, the StWC want an investigation to be held on some idiotic claims that Israelis came half way around world to steal organs and not to help Haitians, as most people think.

What next? Will they call for an investigation as to whether or not Jews caused the Black Death or poisoned wells too?

Will the StWC campaign for an investigation to the truth of ritual murder? I hope that the StWC read up on the Damascus Affair before commenting.

Here’s a tip, StWC walk away from this racist filth, walk away.

(Hat tip: Ana Spencer)

Update 1: Just in case, here’s a screen shot of it:

StWC support Offal libel

Spot The Discrepancy, Baroness Tonge and Steve Lendman.

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I am indebted to the ever sharp mind of Judeosphere, for spotting the discrepancy between Baroness Tonge’s accounts of how she learnt of the Offal libel?

Was it reading the web site of a far right extremist, Steve Lendman or just perusing the Palestinian Telegraph? Read more here.

I think there should be an inquiry into the reading habits of “Israeli obsessed” Peers of the Realm! Then again maybe not, it wouldn’t be too pretty 🙂

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14/02/2010 at 17:33

Who Would Defend Baroness Tonge’s Racism?

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By chance I found a Lib Dem forum which was discussing Baroness Tonge’s racist assumptions.

Obviously, as good liberals they don’t put it quite like that, there is more English understatement than you can shake a stick at, but I will leave readers to make their own judgements on the overall discussions.

What interested me was, what type of person would defend Baroness Tonge’s recent outbursts?

Surely, not a liberal? And certainly not someone who’s against racism?

In the Lib Dem forum Baroness Tonge has a very doughty defender in the form of Stuart Littlewood, his name rang a bell but I wasn’t too sure until someone mentioned Redress.

Antifascists will know Redress.cc [Warning, direct link to some nasty racist stuff.] as a poisonous bunch of bigots who push a lot of racist nonsense and conspiracy theories under the guise of aiding the Palestinians.

Supporting the Palestinians is a commendable aim, but that is not Redress’s real purpose.

Rather if you search their site you will find links to the neofascists at Ziopedia. Plenty of filth from the well known anti-Jewish racist, Gilad Atzmon and a lot of barely disguised anti-Jewish racism littered throughout their articles.

Cleverly, to hide their racism Redress authors often use the old euphemism of “Zionist” instead of Jew, a rather common tactic on the Far Right.

Below is just a random selection, I haven’t even troubled to dig deeply but I think it shows how Redress.cc is certainly more upmarket than the average Far Right web sites, the spelling is better but the fixations are very similar. It’s not exactly David Icke and the Lizards, but not too far removed, as the titles of these articles suggest:

Zionist control of Britain’s government: 1940-2009 by William A. Cook [Warning, direct link to some nasty racist stuff.]

Standard stuff, found on nearly every neo-Nazi and White Power web site there is, etc, but not very edifying

Anti-Semitic” – the label that stops criticism by Paul J. Balles [Warning, direct link to some nasty racist stuff.]

That is a curious article because it purports to discuss the US’s Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004, and various antisemitic notions, yet in fact it successfully reinforces the view that the author is a bit of a bigot himself, one paragraph stood out:

”11. Offering proof that Jews and their leaders created Communism and the Bolshevik revolution in Russia.

It just became illegal to offer proof. Minds are made up. Don’t confuse them with the facts.”

The author, Paul J. Balles, seems to think that Jews created Communism, etc not only that, but by his own admission he thinks that Mossad organised 9/11.

“…the only conclusion remaining is: 9/11 was planned and executed by Mossad and the Zioncons to justify military action in the Middle East for the major beneficiary, Israel.”

So let’s get this right, Balles thinks Jews created Communism etc and Mossad did 9/11.

Hmm. Where have we heard that before?

Other articles are very similar in tone and content. All well written, good grammar, correct spelling, but the themes on Redress.cc are distinctly Far Right, and many of the authors displayed similar hang-ups.

But returning to Stuart Littlewood, scanning one of his articles I noticed this absurd piece:

” So, has our “trustworthy” BBC fallen under Zionist influence just like the British government? It certainly gives a disproportionate amount of air-time to pro-Israel figures such as the Israeli ambassador, the regime’s spokesman Mark Regev, the chief rabbi and assorted politicians who wave the flag for Israel, all of whom speak good, clear English.”

[My emphasis.]

The common themes of “Zionists” manipulating and controlling the world run through the conspiracy theories pushed on Redress.cc

So I think it is perfectly understandable why someone who is hung up on “Zionists” (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) and rather paranoid about “Zionists” supposedly controlling the world, would support Baroness Tonge.

But with friends like that, who needs enemies?

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14/02/2010 at 02:55

Sacked, Eventually, Unrepentant Tonge.

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Baroness Tonge, the Lib Dem peer and GP has been sacked as LibDem health spokesperson, which give them the sensitivity of this topic is probably just as well.

According to the BBC, the LibDem leader Nick Clegg is still in denial about her attitude:

“In a statement released on Friday evening, Nick Clegg said the allegations were “highly offensive”.

“The comments were wrong, distasteful and provocative and I recognise the deep and understandable distress they have caused to the Jewish community,” he said.

“While I do not believe that Jenny Tonge is anti-semitic or racist, I regard her comments as wholly unacceptable.

“Jenny Tonge apologises unreservedly for the offence she has caused.” “

Perhaps it would be better if Baroness Tonge went on one of those training courses that the Metropolitan police run, on sensitivity to racial issues?

It seems fairly clear to me Baroness Tonge has some very strong “issues” and I’m just wondering when we will hear the next bigoted outburst from her?

My bet, it’s just a matter of time.

Update 1: The JC has more on Clegg’s comments.

Update 2: Stephanie Gutmann at the Torygraph took the trouble to ask Tonge where she got this nonsense from:

“But what on YouTube exactly? I asked Tonge how she had come to her conclusions. It turned that she had been inspired by an article on a website of a guy she called “a highly respected Jewish researcher” — an “opinion piece” she hastened to add (they are always opinion pieces). I had never heard of this highly respected researcher, named Steve Lendman, so I looked at his website and his article alleging IDF organ harvesting in Haiti.
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Lendman as anti-fascists and older readers will remember is an ally of various Far Right loons, I covered him years back.

Lendman hasn’t changed much he’s still a fan of Rense, Ziopedia the neo-nazis and other Far Right material.

Update 3: Adam Holland covered these issues last month.

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13/02/2010 at 02:42

Baroness Tonge And Organ Harvesting.

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I freely confess that I can’t understand why anyone with a pulse or the ability to scratch themselves would be taken in by the Offal libel.

I find it even harder to understand why a Liberal peer would give any credence to this nonsense and not appreciate its historical significance, to Jews.

Baroness Tonge has plenty of form, but even now I find it hard to credit that a one-time GP, MP and highly educated individual would fall for this rubbish and want to bring it up.

The Offal libel is the stuff of neo-Nazi web sites, conspiracy freaks and others with a blistering hatred of Jews. It is a fringe racist notion. It is not subtle or in any way legitimate criticism.

Rather the Offal libel seeks to demonise Israelis/Jews as organ stealing fiends, hellbent on extracting livers, kidneys and other bits from unsuspecting patients.

All nonsense, all racist fiction but some warped individuals seem to believe that.

More over at the JC, some Lib Dems reply to Baroness Tonge’s foolishness :

“Monroe Palmer, chairman of Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel, added: “Whilst I welcome Tonge’s approval of Israeli actions in Haiti, she is misguided to call for any investigation. On this basis, there could be calls for an investigation to discover the ‘truth’ in the The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

Matthew Harris, Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Hendon, called it “perverse in the extreme to suggest that there needs to be an investigation of allegations to which she gives no credence”.

(H/T: Jonathan Hoffman)

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11/02/2010 at 21:52

A Racist Speaks Out On YouTube.

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That nauseating and disturbing individual, Gilad Atzmon, is at it again, droning on about the “Offal libel” once more, but seemingly in all seriousness.

The racism that slips from Atzmon’s lips is staggering, and I would like to apologise to readers for this link to a rather nasty conspiracy theorist’s and 9/11 truther’s YouTube channel, but it is an illustration of how far Atzmon has gone.

Atzmon casually discusses the lie concerning organ harvesting at 03:46 on this video clip.
[Warning: a link to awful material, full of conspiracy theories and antisemitic filth]

Blood Libel And Speedy Lies.

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I was about to blog on the phenomena of blood libels, and in particular the Offal libel’s reappearance in Algeria, but David Schraub explains it better:

“That Swedish blood libel article really set off the avalanche, didn’t it? Counterpunch magazine, as per Alison Weir of “If American’s Knew”, is now asserting that not only is the Swedish article accurate, but also the original medieval blood libel is actually true as well.

Of all the anti-Semitic myths I really assumed had died a permanent death, the blood libel was pretty high on the list. Alas, I’m always far too optimistic about these things, it seems.”

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15/09/2009 at 15:22

Weir, Shamir And Naked Anti-Jewish Racism at CounterPunch.

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Just when you thought that the Offal libel was largely confined to a greedy and unprincipled journalist in Sweden, it got worse.

Counterpunch, that valiant “anti-imperialist” magazine is pushing it too.

Alison Weir has decided to regurgitate the Offal libel with the aid of the notorious racist Israel Shamir, read more at Adam Holland.

One of Weir’s references refuted.

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12/09/2009 at 21:48

Far Right And Placards.

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Over at Demotix there is a peculiar placard being held by someone who I can only suppose is from the Far Right, as he seems to believe in the Offal Libel, that Israelis harvest the organs from dead Palestinians. Unbelievable.

Far Right crank and demented placard.

Far Right crank and demented placard.

(HT: HP)

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26/08/2009 at 23:45