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Baroness Tonge and Ken O’Keefe

Baroness (Jenny) Tonge has been the subject of all the talk today. I won’t bother to offer opinion here, but I would like to copy here the views of former US Marine Ken O’Keefe, who Tonge recently shared a platform with.

What I’d like, primarily, to say is that not all critics of Israel have to be nutjobs, and indeed there are plenty of such people who are not. So why does O’Keefe keep being invited to talk at things like the Middlesex University Free Palestine Society? They don’t think he is the best they can do, do they?

He was the one who said 9/11 could not have plausibly been carried out by bin Laden and 19 hijackers, instead blaming the US government and Mossad. He decided to air this conspiracy theory on the new spiritual home of conspiracy theories: Press TV.

When he said the following, Tonge did not challenge him, or choose to distance herself away from this opinion. This doesn’t mean she agrees. But it does mean she didn’t find it outrageous enough to comment on, particularly as her cause could potentially be tarred with a certain kind of brush which I wouldn’t want to be associated with.

He said:

“The Jewish state (that’s not my expression), Israel, is, therefore, acting on behalf of the Jewish people. You [by which he means the Jewish people], like the Nazis, now have a special obligation. The decent Germans of World War Two, what did they do when the Nazis came to power and instituted their policies? Did they do enough to stop the Nazis? No, they didn’t.

“What are the Jewish people doing right now? Are you doing enough to stop your racist, apartheid, genocidal state?”?

The video for this is here below, and his rant, printed above, starts at around 11.14.

On what he says, firstly the comparison between Jews and “decent Germans” is flawed. Secondly, there is no reason to be this inflammatory. If he thinks all Jewish people are morally culpable for what he perceives to be a genocidal state, then he has something avowedly against Jewish people.

In brief, in O’Keefe’s mind, all Jewish people are to blame for genocide in Gaza. That’s a very serious charge.

His comments are now being reviewed by police investigation.

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  1. modernity's ghost
    March 1, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Excellent post, good to see people on the Left challenging this type of racist nonsense.

    Doesn’t Keefe have some connection to Atzmon too?

    • Rob
      March 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      yes, O’Keefe is writing the deliberation site with Atzmon & other anti-semites – the stuff is quite disgusting

  2. March 1, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I read that somewhere today too but my brain is fried.

    • skidmarx
      March 4, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      O’Keefe is one of those thanked in the acknowledgements to Atzmon’s book, The Wandering Who (which is rubbish).

      Via Tony Greenstein, this seems like the best summing up on Tonge:

      She will very quickly come to see the virtue of being at a distance from a rapidly sinking political party and its dead in the water leader.

  3. Lauren
    March 1, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Racist message? Being Jewish is a religion, not a race. Also, Atzmon is on point and wonderful!!!!! Truth really is getting to certain people…… propaganda is on full speed. I suppose it’s easier to obey your masters than have the ability to see what’s really going on.

    • March 1, 2012 at 1:58 am

      Bloody hell. I hope Mod sees this

    • Matt, London
      March 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Surname Booth by any chance?

    • rob
      March 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Bening Jewish is a race, religion & culture. If you support Atzmon you certainly not about race and racism as he is as nasty anti-semite as you can get, are you called Booth by any chance?

  4. modernity's ghost
    March 1, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I saw, but there is plenty of that about.

    I think people like Tonge and O’Keefe are unimportant as people, but as good indicators of wider political health in people’s *reaction* to them, whether nodding of the head, applauding or in a small number of cases, disagreement.

    Spotting racism from the Extreme Right is easy, but you know people are awake & listening when they can see those arguments being advanced from other quarters, and their implications.

    • rob
      March 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Good points Modernity

  5. rob
    March 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    If you want to see OKeefe’s anti-semitism just have a look at his blog & the post from 1st March & look at the comments

  6. March 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Oh my, O’Keefe is insane, utterly insane.

  7. Rob
    October 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Okeefe is now pals with David duke ex grand wizard of the KKK as well as other extreme right conspiracy nuts

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