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UK peer told to apologize for blaming Corbyn loss on 'lying pro-Israel lobby'

88 members of House of Lords sign letter slamming Baroness Jenny Tonge, who previously quit her party after suspension for anti-Semitic comments; her Facebook post included claim that 'Chief Rabbi must be dancing in the street'

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Published: 12.16.19 , 22:38
Eighty-eight members from the British House of Lords signed a letter on Monday demanding an apology from Baroness Jenny Tonge over her comments on the outcome of Thursdays' U.K. general election.
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  • Following the defeat of the Labour party, the Baroness took to Facebook on December 13 to blame the loss on the country's Jewish community.
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    Tonge's Facebook post
    Tonge's Facebook post
    Tonge's Facebook post
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    "The Chief Rabbi [sic] must be dancing in the street. The pro Israel lobby won our General Election by lying about Jeremy Corbyn," she said in a post, hinting at an op-ed published by The Times last November by UK's Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, saying that "Jeremy Corbyn [is] not fit for high office."
    This message prompted condemnation from a bipartisan group of peers who said the Baroness failed to live up to the standards of public behavior appropriate for the members of the House of Lords.
    The Baroness, who is sitting as an independent peer after being suspended from the Liberal Democratic party over her anti-Israeli rhetoric, said the comments were meant as a lighthearted joke, not an offense.
    Tonge has had a history of anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli comments.
    In a Facebook post following the 2018 Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pennsylvania, which resulted in 11 fatalities, Tonge said she "wonders if it ever occurred to "Bibi" (nickname of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) and other Israeli leaders that it was Israel's policy on Palestinians that was supposedly reigniting anti-Semitism."

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