Jews were held accountable for their own fate during the Holocaust at a public meeting held at the House of Lords.
The extraordinary claim was made at the event organized by Baroness Jenny Tonge who is looking for support to demand that the UK government apologize for the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which determined Jewish people the right to a homeland in then-Palestine.
A spokesman for the Israeli embassy described the House of Lords gathering as “a shameful event, which gave voice to racist tropes against Jews and Israelis alike,” according to The Times.
In a video released on Twitter, Tonge listens silently when an audience member claims Jews “antagonised Hitler” and that the Holocaust was caused by “Judea declaring war on Germany”. Another participant added: “If anybody is antisemitic, it’s Israelis themselves”.
The video appears below:
“If anybody is antisemitic, it’s the Israelis themselves”; panel applauds; hard to believe, but this happened this week at House of Lords pic.twitter.com/L8v4cARnK8
— Yiftah Curiel (@yiftahc) October 26, 2016
The speaker compared Israel to Islamic State, adding the best way to atone for the declaration was to prevent such things happening in future. “Just as the so-called Jewish state in Palestine doesn’t come from Judaism, this Islamic State in Syria is nothing to do with Islam. It is a perversion of Islam just as Zionism is a perversion of Judaism.”
Another audience member suggested that the “Zionist movement” had power over the British parliament comparable to the power which was once believed to have been wielded internationally by Jews.
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