Former London Mayor: Hitler ‘Was Supporting Zionism’
Labour politician and former mayor of London Ken Livingstone was suspended by his party Thursday after saying that genocidal dictator Adolf Hitler was a supporter of Zionism.
Livingstone’s remarks came after Labour MP Naz Shah was suspended from the party Wednesday for sharing an image on Facebook that called for Israelis to be relocated to America and for warning in a comment that “Jews are rallying” to vote. Shah eventually apologized, saying “I deeply regret the hurt I have caused by comments made on social media before I was elected as an MP.”
But in comments to BBC Radio , Livingstone defended his initial comments. “Let’s remember, when Hitler won his election in 1932 his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel,” Livingston said. “Hitler was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.”
In response, 39 Labour members of parliament called the remarks anti-Semitic and called on the Labour Party to suspend Livingstone. Among those condemning the remarks was Labour’s current mayoral nominee Sadiq Khan, who Livingstone himself had endorsed.
Ken Livingstone’s comments are appalling and inexcusable. There must be no place for this in our Party.
— Sadiq Khan MP (@SadiqKhan) April 28, 2016
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