”One of the principle arguments against Ken Livingstone is blown away by the following letter, signed by 547 Labour Party members and supporters (it would have been 548 if This Writer had been offered the opportunity).
The principle point is this:
“Support for Zionism can go hand-in-hand with anti-Semitism” (emphasis mine).
It is supported by:
“Throughout the 1930s, as part of the regime’s determination to force Jews to leave Germany, there was almost unanimous support in German government and Nazi party circles for promoting Zionism among German Jews.”
This is, of course, what Ken Livingstone has been saying, so if anybody claims any kind of historical inaccuracy at all on his part, I think we all need to start asking serious questions about that person’s motives.
I thought at the time – and still think – that the real cause of the outrage is not the claim that Mr Livingstone’s words had any anti-Semitic context, but simply the possibility that many people had not realised that the German Federation of Zionists had worked with the Nazi government. Again, it’s the simplest explanation.
Source: 12 April 2017 – We reject the call for Labour to expel Ken Livingstone https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/12/we-reject-the-call-for-labour-to-expel-ken-livingstone?CMP=share_btn_tw”
GW: Basically then the ”rich” German Jews wanted to eradicate their own poor from Germany. So it was social cleansing pure and simple and this is still going on in the UK to this day!