Ex-Lon­don mayor sus­pended in anti-Semitism row

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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