To be honest, given Jenny Tonge's form on the Israel/Palestine issue, it was only a matter of time before she got herself into trouble again.
Whilst I'm firmly in the two state, negotiated resolution camp, and not exactly renown for being an apologist for Israel, I am astonished that the currently ignoble Baroness does not appear to have understood how she got into trouble in the first place.
Yes, accusations have been made, and yes, one should carry out some investigations. However, those investigations should be to establish whether the accusations are based on any credible evidence. Only if there is genuine cause for doubt do you then start calling for an inquiry by the Israeli authorities.
In fact, you don't even call upon the Israeli authorities to carry out an inquiry. If they are by some chance guilty as charged, they'll cover it up, just as any Government charged with such a heinous crime would. If they are innocent, those making the charges will... accuse them of covering it up. A bit of a Catch 22, that one.
Even if this is too much of a test, one should really consider the weight of the charge too, especially one as serious as that of organ harvesting at the scene of a major tragedy. There can be few more emotive charges, and if I was one of those Israeli Army personnel who had given themselves unsparingly in pursuit of those buried in the rubble, I would be mortified and angry to be on the receiving end of such an accusation.
Worst of all, this is not a first offence. Having lost one job through making a tactless, if understandable comment, she should surely have realised that this latest comment would make her position as a frontbench spokesperson untenable. Indeed, I would suspect my noble Lords McNally and Shutt, our Leader and Chief Whip in the Lords, would have been in touch with her* even before the Leader's Office had placed a call.
It should be remembered, after all, that the Party Leader has no direct say in appointments to positions in the Lords...
* And no, I don't actually know what happened. I have a pretty good idea how it would have done though...