Livingstone, Labour and antisemitism
(David Hirsh, The Jewish Chronicle) »Ken Livingstone has been suspended from Labour membership for two years, counted from last April, when he said on the radio that Hitler “was supporting Zionism – this was before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews”.
But he is unrepentant. On the steps of his tribunal, he gave interviews saying that Hitler intervened on behalf of the Zionists against the Yiddish speaking rabbis in Germany and that the SS was giving training to Jews to help them in Palestine.
Why should the two years not begin when he went on Radio 4’s Today programme on the morning of this verdict, when he said that these allegations of antisemitism were invented by the Jewish Chronicle to silence criticism of Israel and to smear Jeremy Corbyn?
Why not start the suspension from 1982, when Livingstone, who was at the time the editor of a Workers Revolutionary Party front paper, published a cartoon of Menachem Begin giving a straight armed salute, wearing an SS uniform and standing on a pile of Palestinian skulls?«