A peer has sparked fury by appearing to blame
Jewish worshipers were gunned down at a synagogue on Saturday morning in what is believed to be the worst anti-Semitic attack in recent US history.
Responding to the bloody atrocity, Baroness Jenny Tonge posted a message on
Her remark was branded ‘abhorrent’ by Jewish leaders and campaigners who furiously demanded she is stripped of her peerage.
The peer wrote on Facebook: ‘Absolutely appalling and criminal act, but does it ever occur to Bibi and the present Israeli government that its actions against Palestinians may be reigniting anti-Semitism?
‘Some people will not know the difference between the Zionist government in Israel and Jewish people in all countries who do not support that government’s actions. We must never conflate the two.
‘I suppose someone will say that it is anti-Semitic to say so?’
Baroness Jenny Tonge (pictured in the House of Lords earlier this year) sparked fury by appearing to blame Israel’s policies for the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre which killed 11 people
Responding to the bloody atrocity, Baroness Jenny Tonge posted a message on Facebook saying the policies of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu – known as ‘Bibi’ – is fuelling the anti-Semitism which led to the massacre
But her post – which included a link to an article about the massacre – sparked an immediate backlash.
Board of Deputies President Marie van Der Zyl said: ‘Jenny Tonge’s craven comments are a reminder of why she was ejected by the Liberal Democrats.
‘We will be making a complaint to Parliamentary Standards.’
A spokesman for the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism said: ‘Attempting to blame the Jewish state for the actions of a neo-Nazi terrorist while, the bodies of his innocent victims are not yet cold, is utterly abhorrent.
‘We consider that Baroness Tonge’s ongoing membership of the House of Lords and the medical profession are stains on both institutions and we have formally complained to both the House of Lords and the General Medical Council in the past.
‘The Liberal Democrats, which secured Baroness Tonge’s seat in the House of Lords must now campaign for her to be removed from the legislature and stripped of her title.’
Following an outcry to her Pittsburgh massacre post, she furiously tried to backtrack and admitted she may have been ‘too hasty’
Baroness Tonge was suspended by the Lib Dems in October 2016 after hosting an event where an audience member said Jews were responsible for the Holocaust.
She quit the party a few days after her suspension and now sits in the House of Lords as a crossbench peer – meaning she is not a aligned to any political party.
Following an outcry to her Pittsburgh massacre post, she furiously tried to backtrack and admitted she may have been ‘too hasty’.
In another Facebook post put up several hours later, she wrote: ‘I bow to this great article by Robert Cohen and acknowledge that to think that the Israeli government’s persecution of the Palestinian people had anything to do with the actions of this gunman, may have been too hasty.
‘We must wait for his trial and testimony to try to understand better this ‘white’ supremacy movement in the USA.’
Robert Bowers, 46, has been charged with murder after he allegedly opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue during its Sabbath service.
President Donald Trump described the attack as a ‘wicked act of mass murder’.
MailOnline has contacted Baroness Tonge for comment.