'Scale of Labour Party anti-semitism issue is being distorted', says Ken Livingstone

'Scale of Labour Party anti-semitism issue is being distorted', says Ken Livingstone

The former Mayor of London spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ken Livingstone has said the scale of the issue of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party has been "distorted" when it is raised by people like MP Wes Streeting.

Accusations of anti-Semitism came back to haunt the Labour Party after a fringe meeting appeared to compare the government in Israel to Nazi Germany. 

Ken Livingstone, the former mayor of London, who is currently suspended for comments made about Adolf Hitler last year, says the issue is being "distorted."

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer these people aren't inherently anti-semitic: "The simple fact is these issues are being raised by people like Wes Streeting and I think are completely distorting the scale of it.

"Some people have made offensive comments, it doesn’t mean they’re inherently anti-Semitic and hate Jews. They just go over the top when they criticise Israel.

"The people criticising Israeli government policy aren’t criticising people who are Jewish in Britain.

"They’re criticising a government like Jeremy Corbyn criticises Saudi Arabia for its abuse of many of its peoples."

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