Extranuous material from Mr. Hoffman's complaint, separated here for clarity.

I learnt today that you have recently completed an investigation of the activities of Baroness Tonge (“alleged failure to act on personal honour and alleged breach of rules on House facilities”).

I wanted to add my perspective. I hope this is useful even though the inquiry is complete. I am a former Vice Chair of the Zionist Federation and a former elected member of the Defence Division of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
I have been trying for years to ensure that MPs and Peers do not abuse their privileges by booking rooms on the Parliamentary Estate for extremist meetings— specifically, antisemitic meetings. My recent blog on this topic is here
On Wednesday 14 December Baroness Tonge offended again.

Again I have blogged about this, see here. After Suarez presented it at a meeting at SOAS, the organisation Campaign Against Antisemitism filed a complaint with SOAS and Yiftah Curiel, the Embassy spokesman, accused SOAS of "lettinrg racist conspiracy theories” go unchallenged. I attended that meeting, my blog about it is here.

What are the most egregious falsehoods and distortions in the book? I list these in the order in which they appear.



The theme of the talk was that Zionists achieved their objective after the Balfour Declaration by coercion, murder and terror. UN Resolution 181 was only passed because the countries that voted for it were cowed by Zionist terror. Pretty much every antisemitic trope was there, plus several new ones.
Here are some examples.





I have been in touch with Owen Williams (Head of Press and Media, House of Lords) to ask about the rules for Peers booking rooms for meetings. Effectively there are no rules to stop Peers booking rooms for extremist meetings. Presumably this is because it is thought that Peers can be trusted NOT to abuse the privilege of booking rooms. Unfortunately Baroness Tonge cannot be trusted and unless she is stopped from doing this by the institution of rules which are properly implemented, she will repeat the offence, especially now that she is not subject to party discipline anymore. I will also send this in the post, please treat it as an additional formal complaint about Baroness Tonge.

Blog by Jonathan Hoffman, “No to anti-semitic meetings in Parliament!”, 29 October 2016
I have tried for many years to stop MPs and Peers booking rooms in Parliament for anti-semitic meetings. Six years ago, for example, at one such meeting, Martin Linton said “there are long tentacles of Israel in this country who are funding election campaigns and putting money into the British political system for their own ends”.

At the same meeting Gerald Kaufman said “Just as Lord Ashcroft owns one part of the Conservative Party, right-wing Jewish millionaires own the other part.”


Jeremy Corbyn has hosted several of these meetings.


Last week Baroness Tonge hosted a meeting where an audience member stood up and suggested that the responsibility for the Holocaust lay with Jews themselves. They had so “antagonised” Hitler with their demands for a boycott of Nazi germany that he had gone “over the edge” and decided to kill them all. Tonge failed to correct him and indeed he was applauded.


It is completely unacceptable that MPs and Peers can book meeting rooms in Parliament where anti-semitic discourse runs free.


On Thursday David Davies MP raised this with the Leader of the House, David Lidington:


David T.C. Davies (Monmouth) (Con): May we have a debate on the use to which these premises are put, following reports that, outrageously, a Member of the House of Lords presided over an event at which Israel was compared to the Islamic State and the Jews were even blamed for their own genocide? May we discuss that and whether we should issue an apology for these outrageous comments to the Israeli government and the Jewish people?

Mr Lidington: I read the newspaper reports of the event in question, and I confess that I was genuinely horrified by the speech that was reported. I do not want to treat every newspaper article as gospel, but I think we should all be very concerned about what happened. Since this event appears to have been organised by a leading member of the Liberal Democrats, I hope that the leader of the party launches an immediate and thorough investigation, so that we can get to the truth and any appropriate disciplinary action can be taken.

At present there is no approval process for booking rooms in Parliament. This is clearly unsatisfactory. I hope Jewish News readers will write to their MPs to support the implementation of such a process—so that racist meetings like that hosted by Tonge will never again be held in Pariament


The free use of meeting rooms in Parliament is a privilege—not a right. Events have proved that the booking process must be subject to oversight.


If Parliamentarians must host anti-semitic meetings, let them book a venue at a commercial rate. Here is one possible venue—though whether the Bridge Café (made famous in The Apprentice—and appropriate for anti-semites, as it is where the losing team goes) is prepared to host racist meetings is unclear.


Blog by Monika Donimirska, “Israel lobby: ‘The original post-truthers’”, 14 December 2016

A British publisher, Karl Sabbagh, has launched a scathing attack on the way the Israeli lobby in the UK sabotages attempts to present the Palestinian case against Israel. He described organisations like the Board of Deputies, the Israeli Embassy, and Zionist bloggers as “enemies of truth, determined to ignore the facts, in case people understood the true merits of the Palestinian case.” He also criticised Theresa May’s support this week for a new definition of antisemitism which, he said, made the British government like an arm of the Israeli Embassy PR department. The irony of calling antisemitic anyone who criticises “a Jewish collectivity” is that the Israel government, with a population of Arabs, Muslims, Christians and Jews insists that it is “the Jewish state”, thus making it by definition uncriticisable, whatever it does.

Sabbagh’s speech was at a private meeting in the House of Lords on Wednesday, December 14th, hosted by Baroness Jenny Tonge, whose remarks on Israel and Palestine have been attacked by the Israel lobby in the past. At a meeting chaired by her in October, a rabbi made barely coherent anti-Zionist comments which were misreported in the media as coming from the official speakers, for which Baroness Tonge, as Chair, was accused of being responsible by the complainants.

The occasion for Wednesday’s meeting was the launch of a book, State of Terror by Thomas Suárez, published by Skyscraper Publications, on the role Jewish terrorism played in the transformation of Palestine into Israel.

In his introduction, Karl Sabbagh, whose father was Palestinian, pointed out that long before internet trolling, anyone who wrote in public in support of the Palestinians would face an organised barrage of hostile and abusive letters or emails, often expressed in identical terms and quoting from Israeli embassy propaganda. He quoted three specific examples of medical journals which published pieces about Israeli violence against Palestinians and were subject to abuse from the Israel lobby and pressure placed on proprietors to fire editors. In one case, World Medicine, the onslaught led to eventual closure of the magazine.

Sabbagh said: “This book, State of Terror, is a detailed account of relentless Zionist violence against Palestinians, the British, and even Jews who disagreed with using force to turn Palestine into a Zionist state. It uses official British archives, quoting reports by police, the Foreign Office, the Palestine government of the time, and other newly revealed documents. Michael gove, one of the most vociferous supporters of Israel, poured scorn on ‘experts’, in his role as Education Minister. But it is experts like Israeli, American and British historians who are revealing the truths that gove and others deny, about Zionism’s Hundred Year War on the Palestinians.”



Blog by Jonathan Hoffman, “The book which lies and distorts”, 14 November 2016
A new book by Thomas Suarez (‘State of Terror–How terrorism created modern Israel’) was presented and discussed at SOAS Palestine Society on 3 November.

After the meeting Campaign Against Antisemitism filed a complaint with SOAS and Yiftah Curiel, the Embassy spokesman, accused SOAS of letting ‘racist conspiracy theories’ go unchallenged.



I have now read the book. It is 328 pages of unremitting vilification of Israel, covering the period from early in the 20th century up to the Suez Crisis in 1956, with a final chapter covering selective subsequent events. There is a brief mention of Arab terror attacks in the Introduction (P‘ alestinians also committed terror attacks, and this book’s focus on Zionist terror must never be misinterpreted as excusing Palestinian violence against civilians’). But that is all we get about Arab terror. No mention of the Hebron massacre of 1929 which left 67 Jews dead; no mention of Haj Amin al-Husseini’s meetings with Hitler to try to persuade him to extend his anti-Jewish campaign into Arab lands.

The book is so biased and contains so many untruths, distorted quotes and unsubstantiated allegations, that one must conclude that it would never have seen the light of day, were it not for the fact that the publisher is Karl Sabbagh’s new company. (Sabbagh thinks Israel is responsible for global anti-Semitism. He spoke at the meeting last month in Parliament hosted by Tonge (as a result of which she quit the Lib Dems (before she could be expelled))).

The publisher’s website says: “This book has been turned down by a number of publishers because of the sensitivity of its subject matter”. The innuendo being: ‘Zionists in the publishing industry tried to suppress the book’. The truth— surely—is that no mainstream publisher wanted to risk publishing such a shoddy and biased distortion of the truth.

Another clue to the true nature of the book is provided by the bibliography and the names mentioned in the endnotes (680 of them). The anti-Israel industry has a number of names who inevitably feature and most of them appear in this book: Amira Hass, Joseph Massad, Chris Mgc real, Lenny Brenner, Norman Finkelstein, Noam Chomsky, Uri Davis, David Hirst, ghada Karmi, Ilan Pappe, John Rose, Shlomo Sand and Avi Shlaim. (In an incestuous mockery of scholarship, these anti-Israel authors quote and feed off each other incessantly.)



The back cover of the book has two endorsements.
Ilan Pappe: ‘A tour de force, based on diligent archival research that looks boldly at the impact of Zionism in Palestine and its people in the first part of the 20th century. The book is the first comprehensive and structured analysis of the violence and terror employed by the Zionist movement and later the state of Israel against the people of Palestine. Much of the suffering we witness today can be explained by, and connected to, this formative period covered thoroughly in this book.’
Baroness Jenny Tonge: ‘I thought I knew a fair bit about the Middle East after all the years I’ve been involved in its politics but this book came as an eye-opener. I realised how ignorant I was, not of the events leading up to the establishment of Israel but of the terror campaig n that led up to it . Ever yone who has ever accepted Israel’s account of its own histor y should read this book and hear the truth . It should change them forever.’ Such uncritical sycophancy is really a disgrace. Tonge and Pappe should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. Of course they are not—and that is a massive part of the problem. In particular the fact that Pappe is entrusted to teach students is positively chilling.
Blog by Jonathan Hoffman, “The Protocols of the Elders of SOAS Palestine Society”, 4 November 2016
On Thursday night I was at SOAS Palestine Society to hear a talk every bit as anti-Semitic as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
It was given by Thomas Suarez, an American musician.
Suarez has recently had a book published (which was on sale). The book is published by Karl Sabbagh’s new publishing company. Sabbagh thinks Israel is responsible for global anti-Semitism. He spoke at the meeting last week in Parliament hosted by Tonge (as a result of which she quit the Lib Dems (before she could be expelled).
Suarez’s book is endorsed by blurb from two people—Tonge and Pappe.
You get the picture.



; that Zionists hide their crimes behind their “most powerful weapon”, the phrase “the Jewish State”; that in order to attract Jews from abroad, Israel convinces them they are under constant threat from antisemitism. Toxic. Of course he wants “one secular state.”
Finally to the UK. Suarez wants the UK government to apologise for the Balfour Declaration. And thinks that Zionists want to make any criticism of Israel a crime.
Suarez claims to have spent seven years in the British Archives at Kew and that the book contains rigorous source detail. How he can claim this when his talk was a pack of racist lies, I do not know. The publisher’s blurb says: “This book has been turned down by a number of publishers because of the sensitivity of its subject matter”. Delete “because of the sensitivity of its subject matter”, insert “because it’s racist drivel”.
Fortunately the Q+A quickly turned into pandemonium as the lies were called out. Suarez began to looked like he wanted to crawl under the table. I will leave it to others to describe and post the videos of the riot.
Mendacious racism belongs in Stormfront.
That it is given a platform at a UK university—to poison young minds against Jews—is unconscionable.