Ex-London mayor suspended in anti-Semitism row
LONDON—Britain’s main opposition Labour Party, facing growing criticism over perceived antiSemitism in its ranks, suspended former London Mayor Ken Livingstone on Thursday over his comments in defence of a lawmaker who made anti-Israel posts on social media.
Livingstone, who sits on Labour’s National Executive Council, said in a radio interview that he had never heard any anti-Semitic views expressed by Labour members during several decades in the party. He also said criticism of Israel wasn’t anti-Semitism, claiming Adolf Hitler had supported Zionism “before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.”
Livingstone was defending lawmaker Naz Shah, who was suspended Wednesday over anti-Israel sentiments she expressed before she was elected to Parliament last year. She has apologized over the comments, which include a 2014 Facebook post in which she shared a graphic that showed the outline of Israel superimposed on a map of the U.S. under the headline “Solution for Israel-Palestine Conflict Relocate Israel into United States.” Labour said in a statement that Livingstone had been suspended “pending an investigation, for bringing the party into disrepute.”—AP