Ken Livingstone was editor of the Labour Herald in 1982 when it published an anti-semitic cartoon, comparing Israel to Hitler. As Livingstone supporters have quoted liberally from the Spectator under Boris Johnson’s editorship, this might be seen as simply a tit-for-tat response. However, as Dizzy points out, the key point is that Livingstone claimed on Tuesday that the cartoon was a response to the Sabra and Shatilla massacres, when in fact those massacres took place months after the publication of the cartoon.
I doubt that Livingstone cares about stories like this. His supporters usually brush off any criticism of his behaviour regarding Jews, claiming either that he is naÃ¯ve (ignoring the fact that he is one of the shrewdest politicians in the country with strong ideological convictions), or that he is critical of Israel, but not Jews (a line he frequently crosses). I suspect he will win the mayoral election, as anti-semitic outbursts do not really cost him any votes.
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