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Ken Livingstone and so called Anti - Semitism in the UK Labour party.
Ken Livingstone ex mayor of London and no stranger to all things left wing and controversial has gone and put his foot in it again. Labour MP Naz Shah was exposed by the website Guido Fawkes for showing on social media a message saying Jews should be transported to the USA and that would solve the Palestinian - Israeli problem. Jews would be free to set up Israel as the 51st State of the USA and the Palestinians could have their land back and live in peace. This was posted on social media before Naz Shah became an MP for Bradford West.
Naz Shah was working as an aid to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell when this came out and was removed from the employ of John McDonnell although still retaining her seat for Bradford West. She subsequently apologised for what was interpreted as an anti - Semitic jibe about Jews being transported with all the Holocaust memorabilia that conjures up.
It is understandable many Jews would be angered and shocked about this and it seems now a witch hunt is on the way looking for supposed anti - Semites in the Labour party. It has been said many times and I wholey endorse this view that one can attack Israel verbally for its treatment of Palestinians without being anti - Semitic and indeed many Jews do inside and outside of Israel not approve of Israel's actions against the Palestinians.
Many Zionist Christians in the USA mostly but not exclusively in the USA stand with Israel no matter what it does but they over look the Palestinian Christians who have been leaving the Middle East since Israel's founding but I digress.
Jeremy Corbyn had appointed Ken Livingstone to do a job in the Labour party as Ken Livingstone is an old left winger like Corbyn and are friends of old. Livingstone lept to the defence of Naz Shah saying she had every right to express her opinion about Israel and he then said Hitler had been a Zionist wanting the Jews to leave Germany and set up a country of their own in Palestine. Of course this caused anger and retribution against Livingstone and Jeremy Corbyn leader of the Labour has been accused of slow action in suspending his friend from the Labour party while the Labour NEC or National Executive Committee investigates Livingstone.
Livingstone himself remains unrepentant and says his evidence about Hitler is from a book by Lenni Brenner in which it describes that the Nazis in the early days of coming to power worked with Zionist Jews to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine. He said he met the author in the 1980's when he was leader of the GLC or Greater London Council which had what would be interpreted as ultra - left wing policies and this was during the right wing rule of Margaret Thatcher.
John Mann a Labour MP had a confrontation with Livingstone shown on British news in which he accused Livingstone of being a Nazi apologist but Livingstone was having none of it he has since refused to comment other than to say he is happy in his back garden tending to his beloved newts.
Certainly now Jeremy Corbyn could be in a lot of trouble from Tory MPs, other Labour MPs who are Blairite and the media all conspiring to bring down the left wing Labour leader and this anti - Semite storm could be the lever they use to bring him down saying he has proved a weak leader in this crisis as it has been called by Sky News. Indeed Corbyn himself has been accused of being an anti - Semite because in the past it is alleged he called Hamas his friends something he denies and said he would not tolerate any form of racism in the Labour party be it anti - Semitism or any other.
It will be interesting to see how this story plays out as it is dominating British news media right now.