Former mayor of London and infamous far leftist Ken Livingstone is bracing himself for the next round in his ongoing battle with what he has called the “Israel lobby” over his comments about Zionists and Hitler.
Ken Livingstone denounces Israel in a May 4, 2016 interview.
According to media reports, Livingstone—who was suspended from the UK Labour Party after his truthful remarks on how the Hitler government actively worked with the Zionist movement to colonize Palestine before the outbreak of World War II—has warned that he will take his party to court if it expels him.
Livingstone’s case is due to be heard next week by Labour’s National Constitutional Committee (NCC), which rules on that party’s disciplinary cases.
The 11-strong NCC will convene a special panel of three members to finally decide the case, nearly a year after Livingstone was suspended over his remarks.
He had told BBC Radio London last April that Adolf Hitler’s policy in 1932 “was that Jews should be moved to Israel.”
“He was supporting Zionism—this before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews,” he told the Vanessa Feltz show.
He added at the time there was a “very well-orchestrated campaign by the Israel lobby” to smear anyone who criticized Israeli policy.
The former Mayor was suspended from the party and subsequently lost his seat on the party’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC).
Asked about his remarks, Livingstone said he stood by them, and went further, stating that the Yad Vashem holocaust memorial center in Israel had official papers to back him up.
“It would only have taken the Labour party about half an hour to go on the internet to Yad Vashem holocaust memorial and one of the documents, pamphlets they’ve got there is about the deal that Hitler did with Zionists in the 1930s. I don’t think I would say Yad Vashem is anti-Semitic.”
Asked if he judged the party would go ahead and expel him, he replied: “If they expel me they’ve got to have reason for doing it. I didn’t bring the party into disrepute, it was Labour MPs screaming I was a Nazi apologist. That just can’t stand up in court.
“It would be expensive if you lost it. But unless the judge was to go mad, they are bound to strike it down and the Labour party will pay the costs. It’s unbelievable the way the machine has operated.”