British MP Jenny Tonge, who was sacked from the front-bench after she expressed support for PLO Arab suicide bombers, was invited by the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme to meet families and victims of suicide bombers. But instead of empathizing at all with the victims, she has used the trip to reaffirm her earlier position. Here is a summary of her “findings”:

  • The blame lies with both sides but PLO Arabs have to live in third world conditions.
  • PLO Arabs would stop their attacks if they had the modern weaponry of the Israeli army.
  • Samson was the first suicide attacker.
  • The terrorists now accept Israel’s right to exist and their campaign will stop when Israel withdraws to its 1967 borders, removes settlements and returns Jerusalem to them.
  • Stories of indoctrination of children in school do not seem to apply.
  • Suicide bombers are born out of despair and the desire to resist occupation.
  • Civilian targets are chosen because there is no way of getting at military targets.
  • Some of the Israeli arguments against suicide bombing have truth in them, but are so negative.

    You will also notice how Tonge devotes only a few lines to her meeting with an Israeli victim’s mother, but even then only mentions it to highlight the condolences sent by a PLO Arab woman whose son had been killed by an IDF soldier.

    Tonge’s email is

    The email address of her party (Liberal Democrats) is

    You all know what you have to do.

    David Lange

    A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media