'Hilter supported the Zionist movement', says Ken Livingstone as anti-Semitic row continues

'You have to be Jewish to be a Zionist', says Ken Livingstone over anti-Semitic row

Livingstone refuses to back down on issue that has resulted in his suspension

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ken Livingstone has reaffirmed his belief that Hitler supported the Zionist movement, while adding that "you have to be Jewish to be a Zionist" in a hard-hitting interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer.

The former London Mayor was brought before the home affairs select committee yesterday for an inquiry about anti-Semitism. He was asked to apologise for his comments claiming Hitler supported Zionism, which resulted in his suspension from the Labour Party, but refused.

"I can't walk down the street without people saying don't give in, we know what you're saying is true," he told Hartley-Brewer.

"You have to be Jewish to be a Zionist. He hated Jewish people, that's why he supported Zionism, because that was a way of getting them all out [of Germany].

"The only thing that Hitler wanted in his support was to actually move half a million German Jews to what is now Israel.

"If you go to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, they'll give you a pamphlet there that outlines that deal. It says it was very divisive and there's a lot of arguments over that issue.

"How you can be suspended for saying something that you can actually receive at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, in the state of Israel, strikes me as bizarre."

Livingstone also claims the reason why there is still a discussion about his comments is to try and undermine the current Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

"Of course I regret saying it, because it's allowed all the embittered old Blairites to constantly undermine the Labour leadership.

"The only reason this became an issue was these embittered old Blairite MPs started running around screaming about it, and stirring up trouble.

"These embittered old Blairites want to do anything to undermine Jeremy. I have never heard any Labour MP raise a question that there was anti-Semitism in the Labour Party until about three months ago, when all these Blairites who've been stabbing Jeremy in the back on every possible issue raised this.

"The simple fact is they're already moving on, they're getting ready to blame Jeremy if we leave the EU."

Livingstone also comments on his time as mayor, and the work he did with the Jewish community.

"If you actually look at my records the eight years I was mayor of London, anti-Semitic incidents declined in seven out of those eight years.

"In my years as mayor, we sank to the lowest level of anti-Semitic incidents on record, and they're now twice that level after eight years of Boris."

Hitler hated Jewish people, that's why he supported Zionism
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