U.K.’s Ken Livingstone rejects anti-Semitism a month after Labour scandal



Former London mayor Ken Livingstone. Credit: World Economic Forum via Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Former London mayor Ken Livingstone, who controversially told BBC Radio in May that Hitler “was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing 6 million Jews,” took on a new tone by condemning anti-Semitism on Tuesday in a written statement to the U.K. House of Commons Home Affairs Committee ahead of an appearance before the committee the same day.

"I detest racism and condemn anti-Semitism," wrote Livingstone, who was among the various Labour party members suspended over anti-Semitic rhetoric last month, reported the Evening Standard. "Indeed my political career has totally opposed any such views concerning any religious or ethnic group.” 

Livingstone also criticized the “rise of physical and verbal attacks in London motivated by racism and faith hate" in recent years, particularly the "utterly deplorable" doubling of anti-Semitic hate crimes from 2010 to 2015.

"Racism serves as the cutting edge of the most reactionary movements. An ideology that starts by declaring one human being inferior to another is the slope whose end is at Auschwitz. I totally reject such a view of Jews, black people or any other group,” he also wrote.

Livingstone also wrote that "trigger events" in the Middle East can cause a rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the U.K.

Posted on June 14, 2016 .