Israel condemns 'shameful' House of Lords event where the audience applauded claims that JEWS were responsible for the Holocaust
- Footage emerges from event calling for government to apologise for 1917 Balfour declaration which called for Jews to be given home in Palestine
- Audience member applauded for claiming Hitler decided to kill six million Jews because he was 'antagonised over the edge' by an American Rabbi
- Male audience member also compared Israel to ISIS at event in Parliament
- Israeli embassy condemns event for 'giving voice to racist tropes'
Israel has condemned a 'shameful event' hosted by the House of Lords where the audience applauded claims that Jews were responsible for the Holocaust.
Former Lib Dem peer Baroness Tonge, now independent, hosted an event in Parliament earlier this week to launch a campaign demanding the British Government apologises for the Balfour declaration of 1917, which called Jews to be given a home in Palestine.
An audience member described as an ultra-orthadox Jew was applauded for suggesting Hitler decided to kill six million Jews because he was antagonised by a Rabbi in New York who urged people to boycott German goods.
Footage of a House of Lords even hosted by Baroness Tonge (pictured in the red top, centre) earlier this week shows audience members clapping after a man told the meeting: 'If anybody is antisemitic, it's the Israelis themselves'
He said Hitler was antagonised 'over the edge' by the American Zionist Rabbi Stephen Wise, who caused the Nazi leader to 'systematically kill Jews wherever he could find them'.
Footage of the hugely controversial meeting also showed the male audience member referring to a famous quote regularly used by Holocaust deniers to suggest the figure of six million Jews killed by the Nazis was a hoax.
He won more applauds after telling the meeting: 'If anybody is antisemitic, it's the Israelis themselves.'
And he compared Israel to ISIS, saying: 'Isis is a perversion of Islam just as Zionism is a perversion of Judaism.'
A spokesman for the Israeli embassy described the House of Lords gathering as 'a shameful event' that 'gave voice to racist tropes against Jews and Israelis alike'.
The spokesman added that it was 'hard to believe that this happened at [the] House of Lords'.
Baroness Tonge is a controversial peer and was forced to resign the Lib Dem whip in 2012 after claiming the state of Israel was 'not going to be there forever'.
When MailOnline contacted her about the Balfour campaign event this morning she hung up the phone.
Baroness Tonge (pictured) is a controversial peer and was forced to resign the Lib Dem whip in 2012 after claiming the state of Israel was 'not going to be there forever'
Her 'apology for Balfour' campaign aims to put pressure on the Government to issue an apology for signing a pledge to give Jews a home in Palestine on the hundreth anniversary of the declaration next year.
The campaign is launching a petition on the Government's website, which if it reaches 100,000 signatures will be considered for debate by MPs.
And the campaign is planning to hold a public demonstration in Trafalgar Square on the hundreth anniversary on November 2 next year.
The audience member at the centre of the row repeated a famous quote from the American Zionist Rabbi Stephen Wise, who wrote in the New York Times in 1905: 'There are six million, note the number, bleeding and suffering reasons to justify Zionism'.
The 'note the number' quote has been used by Holocaust deniers to claim that Jews had already decided on the six million figure 40 years before the Nazis carried out the Holocaust.
They claim that this quote from Rabbi Wise proves that the Holocaust is a hoax.
Explaining how he believed Hitler was 'antagonised' into killing Jews by Rabbi Wise, the audience member continued: 'Thirty years later, he made the boycott on Germany, the economic boycott on Germany which antagonised Hitler, over the edge, to then want to systematically kill Jews wherever he could find them.
'As opposed to "Judenrein", to make Germany free of Jews, a Jew free land. Which is enough, but that is noted by one of our Rabbis, that is what pushed him over the edge.
'His personal secretary Ribbentrop was in Nuremberg trials, he said to Rabbi Wise: This is what, he became a madman after this boycott, Judea declares war on Germany. In Manhattan they had 100, 000 people marching in the economic boycott in 1935, it was the same heretic rabbi who caused that.'
The footage of the meeting was posted online by the Palestinian Return Centre.
An audience member at the House of Lords event said Hitler was antagonised 'over the edge' by the American Zionist Rabbi Stephen Wise (pictured), who caused the Nazi leader to 'systematically kill Jews wherever he could find them'