Baroness “Kaboom” Tonge was in good form at the LibDem conference last night:
“The pro-Israeli Lobby has got its grips on the Western World. Its financial grips. I think they’ve probably got a certain grip on our party.”
Here are some pictures, which used to be on the MPACuk website, and which illustrate Baroness Tonge’s argument about the financial grip of the “pro-Israel lobby” on the Western world:
And there are some more pictures which illustrate the same theme here.
Listen again to this morning’s Today programme, here at 20.50.
Then make a special point of reading Engage on this subject:
For Tonge, the term “pro-Israel Lobby” conflates all of the different campaigns into one – with a strong enough centralised leadership to get a “grip” on, not only political parties, but the whole of the “Western World”. She is talking about a conspiracy with sufficient power to dominate on a global scale. Financial power. Another old antisemitic theme is the connection of Jews to money and finance. It is through financial power that the “Lobby” “grips”, according to Tonge.
Her language is not appropriate to describe a situation where she has lost an argument to other campaigns. It is only appropriate to describe a situation where there is a huge financial conspiracy to corrupt and to lie and to use force.
Increasingly cranky “anti-Zionist” conspiracy theory is emerging out of the cobwebbed corners of the left into the mainstream. This is no longer a problem of the left. It is a problem of the political left, right, and centre.
Next monday the BBC is showing a dramatisation of the Nuremberg trials. I’ve been told they’ve received the following complaint which I’m reproducing exactly as it was emailed to me:
NUREMBERG – NAZIS ON TRIAL
Pre TX: 25/09/06
Feels that the programme should not be broadcast. “It is Zionist propaganda.”
Total contacts logged for programme: 1
Gene adds: A reminder that Baroness Tonge said something even more breathtaking in a letter to The Independent last June:
It should come as no surprise to anyone that suicide bombers in Iraq are Palestinians… Israel’s security wall is forcing them to export themselves to another arena to fight in this ridiculous “war” against terrorism being waged by the donkeys who lead us in the West.