In Wake of Livingstone Resignation, UK Jewish Groups and MPs Say More Needs to Be Done About Labour Antisemitism

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By Benjamin Kerstein.. British Jewish leaders and MPs have hailed former London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s decision to resign from the Labour Party in the wake of a years-long antisemitism scandal. Livingstone — a prominent far-left figure once known as “Red Ken” — has a long history of anti-Israel statements, but ran into serious trouble in 2016 when he told an interviewer, “When Hitler won his election in 1932, his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel. He was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.” [Photo top right: Ken Livingstone. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons].  The Jewish community and others reacted with outrage to the comments, which were part of a larger series of antisemitism scandals involving Labour activists and officials following the 2015 election of Jeremy Corbyn as the party’s leader.

Livingstone refused to apologize, asserting that he merely said Hitler supported Zionism rather than that Hitler was a Zionist. He did not elaborate on the distinction between the two.

In his resignation statement, Livingstone remained unrepentant, saying, “I do not accept the allegation that I have brought the Labour Party into disrepute — nor that I am in any way guilty of antisemitism. I abhor antisemitism, I have fought it all my life and will continue to do so.” Read the full story.

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