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British lawmaker blames Israel for rise of jihad

Jenny Tonge, a well-known critic of Israel, says Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is a major cause in the rise of jihadism worldwide.

Elad Benari

A British lawmaker is under fire for accusing Israel of being a major cause in the rise of jihadism worldwide, JTA reported Thursday.

Following the statement Thursday by Jenny Tonge, a House of Lords member from the Liberal Democrat party, the Board of Deputies of British Jews called on the party’s head to dismiss her.

Tonge reportedly said “the treatment of the Palestinians by Israel is a major cause of the rise of extreme Islamism and Daesh,” using the Arab-language acronym for the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization.

She also claimed Israel was provoking a generation of violent extremists who would have “a justified grudge” against Israel and Britain.

In response, Board of Deputies Vice President Marie van der Zyl said in a statement the comments were “another outrageous speech” by Tonge on the Middle East.

“It is time for Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron to expel her once and for all from the party,” the statement said, according to JTA.

This is not the first time that Tonge has made controversial statements against Israel.

In 2004, she said that she would consider becoming a suicide bomber if she were an Arab living in the Palestinian Authority.

In 2006 Tonge said that “the pro-Israeli lobby has got its grips on the western world, its financial grips. I think they’ve probably got a grip on our party.”

In 2010, Tonge accused Israel of being


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