Christian Aid trustee, Baroness Jenny Tonge (also a member of the U.K.’s House of Lords) stated at a political conference in September that "the pro-Israel lobby has got its grips on the Western world, its financial grips." Christian Aid said that Tonge was not speaking on behalf of the organization nor had she consulted them about her statement, but has taken no action against her status in the organization. Tonge has previously expressed empathy for Palestinian suicide bombers stating in January 2004 "if I had to live in that situation – and I say that advisedly – I might just consider becoming one [a suicide bomber] myself."


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