Ken Resigns

I don’t think I’ll ever forgive the Israel Lobby – as I suppose we have to call them, although the phrase sounds more ‘conspiratorial’ than I intend – for pressuring Ken Livingstone out of the Labour Party, on a specious charge of ‘anti-semitism’ when he was simply making an accurate historical point. He’s a great Radical politician, the best Mayor London has ever had, and clearly without a single racist bone in his body. It was noble of him to fall on his sword, but that it was necessary indicates how low we have fallen in terms of public debate. I’ve written enough about this case on this blog. Now I’m hoping for just two things: that reasonable Jews come to his defence even this late in the day, if they dare – I know there are many of them; and that my utter despair at the campaign waged against him won’t affect my general attitude towards ‘the Jews’.

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Retired academic, author, historian.
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3 Responses to Ken Resigns

  1. Phil says:

    Dave Rosenberg is not impressed with Livingstone’s venture into history, although I think he’d agree with much of what you say. Quote:

    I do not believe Livingstone is antisemitic. Nor do I believe that right-wing Jews whom the media treats as spokespersons have any right to define what is offensive to all Jews. I respect the integrity of the longstanding socialist and Labour Jewish activists who gave supportive testimony at Livingstone’s hearing, several of whom I know personally. However, I do believe that Livingstone deliberately invites controversy and notoriety, that his judgement on these issues is very poor, that he has set back the Palestinian cause by his utterances, and made life more difficult for the embattled left-wing Labour leadership.

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  2. TJ says:

    He’s been railroaded out of the party by a smear campaign, labelling him anti-semitic when he is not. That’s two down, Wadsworth and Livingston, both with long record of anti-racism. Who will be next? Never make concessions to the Israel lobby which won’t be satisfied until Corbyn is removed or defeated and Labour more pro-Israeli.

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